The Day that Altered American History

A Day that Changed the Course of American History in Basking Ridge, New Jersey Basking Ridge, New Jersey’s most famous Incident occurred at about noon time on December 13,1776. General Charles Lee (1731-1782), was “alarmed” by Major Wilkinson while he was writing a letter to General Gates about George Washington in an upstairs bedroom of the Widow White’s Tavern. Widow White’s Tavern, named after Ebenezer White’s wife Mary Brown White, became the centerpiece of Revolutionary War history on that day, because It was on this most unfortunate day for General…

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“June in December” Tree Honors June Kennedy at Festival of Trees in Basking Ridge

June In December Holiday Tree Honors former Bernards Township Historian June Kennedy

The Mr. Local History Project honors the former Bernards Township’s historian June Kennedy showcasing our “June in December” tree honoring her dedication to community and local history. The Festival of Trees is an indoor exhibit of decorated Christmas trees by various community groups and individuals and runs from December 6 thru December 30th at the Environment Education Center on Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The Mr. Local History Project is proud to announce the newly created “community spirit tree” honoring all those who like to remember local history…

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Historic Sites in Somerset Hills

Historic Landmarks in the Somerset Hills

Do you know all of the historic sites on our state and national registers here in the Somerset Hills? Well you do now! And we threw in the rest of Somerset County as well, just for fun. Welcome to our google map of all of the historic sites covering Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. Want to visit one? Just click the icon, then click the directions and it’ll map it out for you. Related posts: Somerset Hills Historic Sites on the National & State Registers New…

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History Makers

History Makers Join Mr. Local History 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…

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Mr. Local History Releases its Latest Online Magazine – Vol 1 Issue 4

Our Holiday Issue Happy holidays. Tiz the Season! The Mr. Local History Project has been working hard to produce the next issue of our magazine that combines news, stories, and feature posts about the area’s local history in the Somerset Hills area of New Jersey. This month’s cover showcases the iconic Christmas Eve caroling on the green in the village of Basking Ridge. Volume 1 Issue 4 – Holiday Edition. Another word for history is “tradition” and this issue is full of holiday traditions in the Somerset Hills. Fill your…

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Founding Trustees Announced – Mr. Local History

"The Founding Four" signers of the 501c3 non-profit founding Mr. Local History Project. In our signature caricature fashion we introduce Paula Axt, Brooks Betz, Jill Betz, and Meg Wastie. All residents of the Somerset Hills and on the mission to develop programs focused on education and local history.

The Mr. Local History project’s mission is to preserve and promote the local history in Somerset Hills, a area in northern Somerset County, New Jersey. An all volunteer organization, social and educational activities are paramount to engaging in fun new ways. Mr. Local History announced the incorporation of Mr. Local History as a formal non-profit organization. By incorporating, the effort is now recognized as a legal entity to conduct business, organize, and develop fundraising efforts to support programs geared specifically for the local communities of the Somerset Hills in the…

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Your Donation Matters

The Mr. Local History Project is a 501c3 all volunteer non-profit organization. We have two goals. One is to create an ongoing high school scholarship fund to present annually to a Senior High School recipient. The second is to promote local history. Your contribution goes fully to support those two efforts. Simple – You Choose Your Donation! Or choose from our various membership levels below and get a gift! As a select member of the Mr. Local History Project you will be entitled to a number of benefits including: Special…

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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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Widow White’s Tavern 7th Wooden Historic Village Keepsake

The infamous Widow White's Tavern in Basking Ridge changed the course of American history.

Be part of the Widow White’s Tavern inaugural run. Mr Local History is proud to announce the upcoming release of the 7th in the collectible series, the infamous 1776 Widow White’s Tavern in the village of Basking Ridge. 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 community. Keepsakes are selected based on community feedback…

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Mr. Local History Registers as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

The originating founders of the non-profit Mr. Local History Project

With great fanfare, the Mr. Local History announces that the Mr. Local History Project registered as a formal organization with 501(c)(3) non-profit status. While our mission hasn’t changed, the founding organizers have a few specific goals to share as we grow and increase our community involvement. First and foremost, the Mr. Local History (MLH) project will continue to preserve and promote local history. That goes without say. But now with non-profit status, we can venture into new frontiers including a new social society, a high school historian program, and partnerships…

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Top 10 Historic Businesses in the Somerset Hills, New Jersey

In 2009 - The Grain House was listed as one of the top 10 historic businesses in the Somerset Hills

Whether you’re a banker or a national political figure, a CEO or a farmer, the Somerset Hills has provided commercial opportunities for centuries. From C. Ledyard Blair and Jackie Kennedy, to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Charles Pfizer, the Somerset Hills business community has served up commerce in a classic fashion. (See the list of Somerset Hills Rich & Famous post). There’s no mistake that the Somerset Hills area is rich in long lasting commerce history. The Somerset Hills region of Bedminster, Bernards Twp, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack &…

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Mr. Local History Releases its Latest Online Magazine – Vol 1 Issue 3

Mr Local History Back to School Issue

We call this the “the Back to School Issue” The Mr. Local History project has been working hard to produce the next issue of our magazine that combines news, stories, and feature posts about the area’s local history in the Somerset Hills area of New Jersey. This month’s cover showcases what was known as the “one room classroom”. The Somerset Hills is full of the history of the one room classroom, as well as Academy’s that you may have never known about. Teachers rules from back in 1872 were fun…

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Mr. Local History’s #growlocalhistory Project

Mr Local History Grow Local History project

Trying to Make Somerset County Grow with Free Sunflowers and Some Local History Who doesn’t love a good challenge and some free stuff. This one is a fun one to see if we can promote growing in the Somerset Hills. Let us introduce the inaugural “Mr. Local History Grow Local History” project. Locals come get your pack of locally grown sunflower seeds and lets see how many new gardens we can create. The #growlocalhistory project is simple. Come find the yellow bucket and get a pack of sunflower seeds. As…

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1777 Boudinout – Southard- Ross House in Basking Ridge Added to Wooden Historic Village

The 1777 historic Boudinout House is now a member of the Somerset Hills Historic Village Wooden Keepsake Collection - Get yours now. #mrlocalhistory

Mr. Local History is proud to announce along with a partnership with The Ross Farm the release of the 6th in the collectible series, the Somerset County 1777 Boudinout Southard Ross House. The collectible is part of the Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow Historic collection. Ordering is simple and available while supplies last. The keepsake is made of wood and then painted. The final dimensions are 3 3/4in. high x 7 1/4 in. long 1777 – Elias Boudinot House The sixty one acre Boudinot-Southard-Ross estate, which borders Lord Stirling Park…

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Bernards Township Charter Day

Charter Day Streetfair and Festival It was a beautiful Saturday, May 18, 2019 in the Historic Basking Ridge Village Thanks for all who came out for the day! It was a beautiful one for sure! Have any Instagram photos you’d like to share on the charterday.com photo wall? There’s still time. You Can Still Add Your Photos to the Charter Day Instagram Wall Just add (or edit your previous Instagram post) #BTCharterday to your Instagram photo. Realtime Weather Forecast Celebrate the 254th anniversary of Bernards Township as we honor the…

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