Keepsake Collection Honors Local History

The Cat's Meow Somerset Hills Historic Village Collection #mrlocalhistory

World Famous Cat’s Meow Collectibles Celebrate the most iconic historic properties in the Somerset Hills

Mr Local History - Cats Meow Village
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.

The Somerset Hills Historic 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 keepsakes have been selected based on community feedback and a voting process.

Cat's Meow Somerset Hills Historic Village Collection
Mr. Local History is so honored to continue the the Somerset Hills Historic Village collection. All pieces are available online.

Additional keepsakes will be added to the Somerset Hills collection as part of a multi-year effort to promote and preserve history in the Somerset Hills including Bedminster, Bernards Twp., Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone. The series was started by Brooks Betz, a resident of Basking Ridge. “There are so many great historic icons in the Somerset Hills and we’re really excited to launch our keepsake program in conjunction with the Society’s 90th anniversary. We plan on adding additional keepsakes throughout the year and will even sponsor a contest where the public gets to vote for a future keepsake.” The keepsake is meant to display on a counter or shelf. It is made of a sturdy 3/4″ handmade wood block and then painted. 

No. 6 – 1912 Astor Estate – Release Date April 1, 2019

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. 
Bernards Township acquired the Astor Estate in 1968 saving it from demolition. Read the entire story of the property as Mr. Local History profiled the Historic Astor Estate on this site.

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake - The Cat's Meow Astor Estate
The Astor Estate is in Pre-Order and should begin to ship in Early April 2019

No. 5 – 1871 Washington House

Congratulations – the community has voted and the winner is the 1871 Washington House in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township. The voting was close but this is truly a worthy winner. The first release for 2019 is the historic 1871 Washington House in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township. Congratulations – the community has voted and the winner is the 1871 Washington House in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township. The voting was close but this is truly a worthy winner. The iconic Washington House in Basking Ridge Village has a rich history going back to 1871. At almost 150 years of age, the grand hotel still serves the public today as a grand local restaurant. The painting shown will be painted on wood and made available now at the Mr. Local History Gift Shop.

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake - The Cat's Meow Washington House.
The iconic Washington House in Basking Ridge Village has a rich history going back to 1871. At almost 150 years of age, the grand hotel still serves the public today as a grand local restaurant. The painting shown will be painted on wood and made available now at the Mr. Local History Gift Shop.

No.4 – 1777 – Elias Boudinot House

The 1777 Elias Boudinout house keepsake is now part of the Somerset Hills Historic Village Collection.
The 1777 Elias Boudinout house keepsake is now part of the Somerset Hills Historic Village Collection.

Mr. Local History is proud to announce along with a partnership with The Ross Farm the release of the 4th in the collectible series, the Somerset County 1777 Boudinout Southard Ross House. he sixty one acre Boudinot-Southard-Ross estate, which borders Lord Stirling Park and the Great Swamp was built by Elias Boudinot (Boo-de-no), born in Philadelphia, he moved to Basking Ridge in 1771. Boudinot served as the 2nd President of the Continental Congress (1783) and was a US Congressman. Washington later appointed Elias as Director of the U.S. Mint. 

The collectible is part of the Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow Historic collection. Pre-orders for this limited run are now being taken online. Less than 50 will be produced.

No. 3 – 619 Year Old Historic Basking Ridge Oak Tree

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 iconic historic Basking Ridge 619 year old White Oak Tree was the oldest of its kind in North America.

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake - The Cat's Meow Basking Ridge Oak Tree
The iconic historic Basking Ridge 619 year old White Oak Tree was the oldest of its kind in North America. The keepsake is available for only $25.

No 2. – 1718 Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and Historic Oak Tree

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.

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake - The Cat's Meow Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and Historic Basking Ridge Oak Tree.

No. 1 – 1809 Brick Academy Town Hall & Schoolhouse

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 collection is a way to promote local history and provide people the opportunity to share their love for iconic local historic properties.

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake - The Cat's Meow Brick Academy in Basking Ridge.
The first of the Historic Somerset Hills Village Cat’s Meow collectible series.

Many people collect other village pieces and build a village collection. The creations are part of the historic Cat’s Meow Village Collection, which has been producing iconic wood ornaments for over 35 years.

Local organizations and businesses will be producing limited batches of selected Somerset Hills Keepsake Village collectibles. All collectibles will be available online via the Mr. Local History Gift Shop.

How do I Get One?

The easiest way to get one is to order online via our Etsy Store
Our online store accepts multiple forms of payment including credit/debit cards and Paypal. Orders are now being taken online. The collection is the ultimate local personal gift. Great for those moving into the area, or for those who’ve left the area. They also make great gifts for those who just like to remember the fond memories of the area.

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The Cat’s Meow Village Company of Wooster, Ohio

The Cat’s Meow Village is a small company founded in Wooster, Ohio in 1982 from one simple wooden house Faline cutout on her grandfather’s saw in the loft of the hog barn. 35 years later, Jones with her crew continues to craft “little wooden buildings” of local, national, and international landmarks that spark memories and kindle smiles on the faces of “real life adventurers” like you.

Additional Information

The Somerset Hills Historic Village is created by Mr. Local History, who is affiliated with T3 Consortium who then licenses out to various organizations for fundraising and promotional activities.

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