The Guilded Age Blairsden Estate

Mr. Local History Archives - Blairsden Estate

Historical Perspective: The Blairsden Estate of Clinton Ledyard Blair Peapack/Gladstone, New Jersey Submitted: Brooks Betz & W. Barry Thomson BLAIRSDEN, site for Mansion In May 2014 from Mansion In May on Vimeo. Blairsden Background Out of all of the requests that we receive at Mr. Local History, none measure up to the sheer volume we receive every month requesting additional information on Blairsden, one of the crown jewel estates of the Somerset Hills. While there have been numerous pieces posted on the internet regarding Blairsden that stretch the truth and…

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Bernards Township Police Department Celebrates 100 years in 2019

Mr. Local History Archives - Bernards Township Police #BTpolice100

https://www.facebook.com/mrlocalhistory/ 50 Photos in Less Than 6 Minutes On April 10, 2019 the Bernards Township Police Department will be celebrating 100 years serving the local community. From their beginning as a detective society to the current force they are today, we honor their history. Search social media using #BTpolice100 or tag any stories or images you post with #BTpolice100 and see what comes up. The following research was originally compiled by June Kennedy when she was the Bernards Township Volunteer Historian. Mr. Local History picked up the story almost 20…

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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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The History of President Trump’s Summer White House

The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey now known as President Trump’s Summer White House occupies 535 acres of rambling countryside in central New Jersey, 45 minutes away from New York City. Most of the property was once the private estate of John DeLorean, the auto industry playboy whose stainless-steel car is remembered best in its role as a time machine in Back to the Future. Trump purchased the property in 2002 for about $35 million, and it opened as a golf club in 2004. The home, once known as Lamington House has…

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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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Somerset Hills History Coloring Book

Somerset Hills Coloring Book- Mr. Local History Archive #mrlocalhistory

UPDATE: August 17,2019 We’re on a #growlocalhistory mission. Help us raise a small amount of money to donate this coloring book to every 3rd grader in the Bernards Township, Bedminster, and Somerset Hills School District. 100% of the funds (less the donation fee) will go to getting books to the BOE in those communities. HURRY, school is starting soon. WHAT A great gift to promote local history for our kids.  For every donation above $50, we will even send you a coloring book if you provide us your mailing address.…

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The New Jersey Hills are Alive with Distilling

Distilling in the Somerset Hills New Jersey has a deep history in distilling spirits that goes back to colonial times. The Somerset Hills is a area in central New Jersey’s Somerset County grouping six similar towns, villages, and hamlets into a cohesive geographical area. Those towns that comprise the Somerset Hills are: Bedminster, Bernards Township (Basking Ridge), Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. Being from Basking Ridge, New Jersey there are written accounts that even with the foundation of Bernards Township back in 1760 where commitments were made from the Governor Sir Francis…

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