Wooden Collectibles

Mr Local History - Cats Meow Village

World Famous Cat’s Meow Collectibles from the Somerset Hills Historic Village The Somerset Hills Historic Village keepsake collection is a wood painted collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of the Somerset Hills community. Each keepsake was selected based on community feedback and a voting process. Brooks Betz stated, “the Astor Estate is one of the most iconic properties in the Somerset Hills and in voting was second to the Basking Ridge Oak Tree.” Additional keepsakes will be added to the…

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Astor Estate in Basking Ridge Selected as 6th Wooden Historic Village Keepsake

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake

Pre-order online now to be part of the inaugural run. Mr Local History is proud to announce the release of the 6th in the collectible series, the 1912 Samuel Owen home now known as the Astor Estate is the new Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow collectible. Pre-orders for this inaugural run are now being taken online. Only a limited number will be produced. The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of our…

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History Helps Realtors Sell Real Estate

Mr Local History and Realtors Unite

Realtors History Guide to Selling Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster and the Rest of the Somerset Hills, New Jersey It probably comes as no surprise that realtors have a fairly easy time selling homes in Bernards Township and the surrounding Somerset Hills area. With its top ranked schools, highway access to the rest of the state, easy access to railroads and a relatively low tax rate. Now comes the secret. How you can differentiate yourself as a realtor using Mr. Local History. First off, we never thought of promoting what we…

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Basking Ridge Historic White Oak Tree Selected as 3rd Keepsake in Series

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Mr Local History is proud to announce the release of the third in the collectible series, the 619 year old Basking Ridge Historic White Oak Cat’s Meow collectible. The collectible is now available online. The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of our community. The third keepsake was selected based on community feedback and a voting process. Brooks Betz stated, “the tree was the oldest resident in our town. It was here…

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The 2nd Historic Somerset Hills Village Cat’s Meow Collectible Now Available

Mr. Local History Archives - #catsmeowvillage

Mr Local History is proud to announce the release of the second in the collectible series, the 1718 Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and the 619 year old Basking Ridge Historic White Oak Cat’s Meow collectible. The collectible is now available online for only $25. The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a new collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of our community. The second keepsake, the historic 1718 Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and the iconic 619 year old Basking…

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Meryl Streep Was From Basking Ridge

Meryl Streep was from Basking Ridge, NJ too - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

PLEASE NOTE: This piece is released to the public in hopes that this piece will continue to update based on  the ongoing online dialogue that originated from a Facebook post and a Meryl Streep photo. We’re sharing this information in hopes that readers might identify the dates of some of the photos and send in additional information about Meryl’s early years (birth thru end of Jr. High School). Facts Uncovered Meryl Lousie Streep (Born Mary Louise Streep) is undeniably one of the most accomplished actresses in the film history. If you’re a fan, or from the Somerset…

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Daytona 500 Ticket Price History – Flat – Like Attendance

Face value of Daytona 500 tickets- Flat or Lower Boy it’s a whole new ball game for Daytona International Speedway now that DIS has been labeled the first and largest American racing stadium for the #Daytona500. With the reconfigured front-stretch, and a totally dismantled backstretch (aka the Super-stretch), tickets are showing that they can’t hold onto the prices they set just 5 years ago. And with the online ticket resale market growing, people are no longer shelling out big bucks in the summer before the race to get on a…

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New Historic Cat’s Meow Collection Created for Somerset Hills Historic Brick Academy

Mr. Local History, in conjunction with T3 Consortium and the Cat’s Meow Village introduce the Inaugural Keepsake of the Historic Somerset Hills Village Collection, the 1809 Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township, New Jersey. The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a new collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of our community. The inaugural keepsake, the historic Brick Academy, celebrates the iconic Basking Ridge Village building that is listed on both the state and national…

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The Besties – The Best of the Best in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster

Mr Local History Archives - The Best of the Best food entertainment and tidbits in Bedminster, Bernardsville and Basking Ridge. #mrlocalhistory

Bedminster, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone also known as The Somerset Hills. It’s time for a real discussion on where to get the best things based on what the LOCALS say! Don’t agree? Post what you think is is best. And if we couldn’t find local, we gave best option. The premise is simple…. if you were going to recommend to your best friend where to go, who to use, what would it be? If you have a better one, tell Mr. Local History!!!!! Best Food Best Bread: Biagios’…

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Transforming Historical Societies and Museums

Change or Die! That’s the battle cry. This article came as a result of looking at why people are no longer signing up and supporting historical societies across America. It’s a dying institution. But they’re not alone. No one can deny that Amazon is changing the face of how consumers shop and purchase and the impact that it is having on towns across America. Towns that were once retail meccas, are now showing signs of the “Amazon effect” with storefront vacancies. So I got to thinking, what about Historical Societies…

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Growing Up at the Cranford Canoe Club

When you’re a kid, often the most simple things in life end up be the ones you remember the most.  As one of three kids in my family growing up in nearby Westfield, New Jersey, the Cranford Boat and Canoe Company, also known as the Cranford Canoe Club brought life lessons and friendships that live with me almost every day.  With all the experiences, workers, friends, and family, the Cranford Canoe Club will never be forgotten. I started working at the Cranford Canoe Club in 1972 until our family sold…

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Tour of Somerset Hills Proposed

Tour of Somerset Hills – Competitive bicycle racing through the historic Somerset Hills region in New Jersey. While watching stages of the recent Tour de France the thought came up of how great would it be if there were a bike tour that showcased some of the most beautiful areas of New Jersey in the historic Somerset Hills area of northern Somerset County New Jersey. It’s The Tour of Somerset Hills, a high energy tour through the towns of Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Peapack, Gladstone, Far Hills and ending in Bedminster.…

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50+ Chris Christie Beach Memes To Make You Laugh

Chris Christie Beach chair meme Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

UPDATE: YOU KEEP SENDING… WE’LL KEEP POSTING! After shutting down the NJ government due to a budget impasse while a constitutional requirement was legit. But the photos of Christie caught on a closed public beach have turned his episode into a viral web phenomenon. The Christie Snub It all started when a photographer from the Newark Star Ledger rented an airplane on July 2, 2017 to take photos of the closed public park beaches. He had a hunch that maybe, just maybe, Christie, whose governor summer home is on one…

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The Great Historic Tavern Pub Crawl & Tours

We like touring Morris and Somerset County since this is the “cockpit of the revolution” and most of the old taverns were meeting places of the resistance. Want to grab a pint where  General Washington drank (and maybe slept)? How about a cold one where Ben Franklin gathered his thoughts? Here’s where history meets the road….literally. In addition to churches, pubs and taverns served as the meeting places of the revolution. How fun now would it be to create a trip, learn some great stories, and maybe even sit and…

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