Hometown Histories – Stories Worth Sharing

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Hometown Histories (Stories Worth Remembering) Series is coming to the Mr. Local History Project on Sunday, May 3, 2020 from 1-3pm. Wouldn’t it be great you could gather a bunch of locals from the area to tell stories of how it used to be in the area? Maybe you grew up here? Whether you’re a teller or a listener, we’d love to have you at our new series called “Hometown Histories- Stories Worth Remembering.’ The new series is a modified version of the popular “Elder Voices” series that was started…

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Stirling’s Rev War Beacon Signal Towers

Signal beacons of the Continental Army -Created by Major General Stirling of Basking Ridge

The Continental Army and General Lord Stirling took a page out of the history books creating a sophisticated communications network to highlight British movement You never know what you’re going to find regarding history in the Somerset Hills area of northern Somerset County, New Jersey, but we have another great story of the American revolution and its ties to Basking Ridge, New Jersey. For those who don’t know General William Alexander, also known as Lord Stirling of Basking Ridge, New Jersey he is the one credited with designing the famed…

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Bernards BaseBall Club of 1867

The history of Basking Ridge (Bernards Township) sometimes comes in unique ways. While researching the internet for another story we came across this auction selling an original score book from the Bernards Baseball Club. Today, there are a large number of men who love to play club ball. While mostly softball, there is a core group of club based ball players across New Jersey. Formed in 1867, while the Bernards Baseball Club is an interesting story, it’s all the letters, signatures and additional tidbits that came with the piece that…

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Historic Fires in the Somerset Hills

Historic Fires in the Somerset Hills of northern Somerset County, New Jersey - Mr. Local History

While you’d think that hurricanes and floods wreak the most havoc, there has been nothing more destructive to properties in the Somerset Hills more than fires. The Mr. Local History Project is gathering information regarding large fires in the Somerset Hills area. Looking back at history, we’ve started digging to let the public understand how severe fires have devastated our community. Bernardston Charter Destroyed in 1850 Fire Basking Ridge – All township records before 1850 were destroyed in a fire. “It is in fact unfortunate that these charters were kept…

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Remembering Howard Johnson’s

The famed Howard Johnson's sign that crossed America - Mr Local History

Who doesn’t remember driving the car and ending up at the famed orange roof of the famed Howard Johnson motor lodge or restaurant. From Weirs Beach, New Hampshire to Daytona Beach Florida, all the way out to Anaheim, California it was the famed orange roof where you could stay at the motor lodge or grab some of the best clam boat and ice cream on the planet. So for a Jersey guy, I was surrounded by the orange roof not only in New Jersey, but it was wherever we drove.…

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2019 – Local History in Pictures

The Mr. Local History 2019 Year in Pictures. Join us for a look back at our inaugural year!

As 2019 comes to a close here in the Somerset Hills, now’s the best time to take a look back at all the fun events, activities, posts, and images for 2019. While not in images, our biggest event was when we expanded, incorporated, and formally became a 501c3 non-profit community organization. Now we get to do what we do and do it with non-profit status. So now you can give tax deductible donations towards our programs and scholarship fund. Please also let me take a moment to thank my wife…

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History Makers

History Makers High School Volunteers HISTORY MAKERS MAKE HISTORY “Today is tomorrow’s history, so make it a good one!” is the motto readers will always find on the Mr. Local History website. The motto is a reminder that each and every day, all of us “make history” through the actions we take or the decisions we make. To that end, Mr. Local History encourages teenagers to join our organization and think about how they can make history themselves. Local high school and college students are invited to become “History Makers”…

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Bernards Township Appoints Mr. Local History as Official Historian

As we’ve been focusing on preserving and promoting local history, out of left field comes one of my most humbling honors when the Bernards Township Committee on October 29, 2019 passed a resolution appointing me as the official historian for Bernards Township. The official historian position has had only one person, June Kennedy, as the previous appointee. June had worked tirelessly in that capacity and I got to be very good friends with her over the years. We partnered on a number of stories. She would drive for the facts…

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Gift Shop

The Cat's Meow is one of the worlds most iconic collectible series. Mr. Local History started creating the Somerset Hills Historic Village back in 2018. Each year we launch new additions based on community input.

How about this? Become a Member and get FREE gifts! Give gifts that have a meaning and a purpose. All items in the Mr. Local History Gift Shop were created by the Mr. Local History team. Proceeds from everything you purchase goes to local history projects and our scholarship fund. We promote and preserve our local history. So give with confidence knowing that you’re helping a worthy cause. Current Inventory – Remember these are all custom made items. Once sold out, they may never be available again. Ordering is simple.…

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