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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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History of the Far Hills Race Meeting

Moorland Farms Race Tower 2005

The Mr. Local History Project builds on the 2006 research to bring you a great look at an event that’s nearing a Century mark. What’s in a name? Some call it the Steeplechase, some the Far Hills Race Meeting, and some prefer to call it simply ‘The Hunt‘. Whichever name you choose, you’re all partially correct. While the name is officially called the Far Hills Race Meeting, hosted by the Far Hills Race Meeting Association (FHRMA), every year, on the last Saturday of October, the horses come back to Far…

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Wooden Collectible Series

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 is part of the World Famous Cat’s Meow Wooden Collectibles 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, “we’re really excited to see how the public reacts to the next potential addition to this historic series. Additional keepsakes will be added to the Somerset Hills collection…

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Widow White’s Tavern in Basking Ridge Selected as 7th Wooden Historic Village Keepsake

The historic Widow White's Tavern forever changed the path of American History. Click Here to learn more about the historic day and about the tavern.

Order online now to be part of the Widow White’s Tavern inaugural run. Mr Local History is proud to announce the release of the 7th in the collectible series, the 1776 infamous Widow White’s Tavern in the village of Basking Ridge is the new Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow collectible. 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…

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Horror in the Somerset Hills

Ghost Tales from the Somerset Hills

Ghosts, Murder, Nuns gone insane, the Devil and other horror stories from the Somerset Hills When the leaves start turning and the nights get cooler, ghost tales and horror stories take over the autumn camp fires. Volunteering with some friends, a list was gathered and presented during a few walking tours that were put together in Basking Ridge and for a haunted fright night at the local Ross Farm. ,There are great ghost stories all around the towns that make up the Somerset Hills. Are they true? Well, history has…

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Day Trip – Mohonk Mountain Resort, New Paltz, New York

This piece was originally written back in December 2007. Thought we’d refresh because we’re looking to go back for another visit to help celebrate 150 years of the wonderful history of the Mohonk Mountain Resort. Here’s your first tip. Once you walk into the Mountain House, nobody knows whether you’re a Day Guest or an overnight resident, so don’t feel out of place. Walk around the Hotel. Sit in the sitting rooms, read the papers, and begin to take in the historic beauty of the resort. But here’s the real…

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Weddings @ Historic Venues in the Bucolic Somerset Hills, New Jersey

Historic Wedding Venues - Mr Local History

Many people have written over the years looking for places to hold a wedding on a historic property in the Somerset Hills. The area includes Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. So we’ve been given our mission and started our research. If you know of a historic property that offers the availability to rent out their venue, we’d love to hear from you. Historic Properties you can rent for a wedding: The Old Mill Inn – Bernards Township (Basking Ridge), New Jersey – Click Here Old Mill…

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The Essex Hunt and the Far Hills Race Meeting Historic Timeline

This is a continuation of The History of The Far Hills Race Meeting post….. For the better part of a decade, the Mr. Local History Project has been digging and investigating the history of one of the greatest events ever held in the Somerset Hills. For over 100 years, it’s been hunting and racing that has made the area what it is today. Every year in October the small town of Far Hills becomes the third largest town in New Jersey. If you attend the event, it’s fun to study…

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The “Man Card Survey” – or “How Men Think” Survey

Sometimes a blog is just that. A blog. A place where you just go write something, or in my case you just ask twenty seven random questions directed to seeing how men behave. I don’t know why I do it, but sometimes I’m just curious about human nature. There’s a program where you get to fire off as many questions as you can in 30 seconds without thinking. I’m fascinated by this for some reason. So here’s my own Man Card survey. Take the survey and when I get enough…

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#911neverforget in the Somerset Hills

Remembering those we lost in our community on 911

Starting at 8:46am on September 11, 2001, when the first plane hit the north tower, our community was changed forever. Please take a moment to remember those that never came home again. Evan Jay Baron, David O. Campbell, Kevin Dennis, Stephen Dimino, John W. Farrell, Louis Fersini, Jr., Michael Finnegan, Christopher Forsythe, Steven Genovese, Robert John Halligan, Kevin James Hannaford, John Clinton Hartz, Allison Horstmann Jones, Matthew McDermott, Stacey Sennas McGowan, Ludwig Picarro, Stephen E. Poulos,Thomas B. Reinig, Craig W. Staub, William Randolph Tieste, Lance Tumulty, Frank Thomas Wisniewski.  …

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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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A Unique Bedminster Cemetery-“God’s Acre”

Mr Local History takes a look at a unique burial ground in Bedminster, New Jersey

So we’re over at the Bedminster Farmers Market and while meeting a few of the locals, one of the patrons mentioned “why don’t you research what’s going on over at the slave burial grounds in Bedminster. Here we are. We love a good local history lesson, so let’s do this. Tucked behind the second Watchung Mountain off Lamington Road in Bedminster lies what had been identified as a slave burial ground. Back in the early 18th century the area was quietly farmed mostly by Dutch families who left what is…

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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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POLL: Ride Share – Front or Back Seat?

Rideshare Poll - Front or Back Seat

So we’re traveling for work in Toronto, Ontario and a colleague looks over and asks “Hey have you taken an Uber around town yet. While we have, we didn’t understand what he was talking about next. He stated that two times the Uber driver either opened the front door, or asked the passenger to sit in the front seat. Soooooo, we’re taking a poll to see what people think. Is it rude to not sit in the front for a rideshare? Should you sit in the back always. What do…

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The Life of Irwin Richardt

Irwin Richardt - The Patriot of Liberty Corner - Mr. Local History

The Patriot of Liberty Corner “Those who would give up liberty for safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin. “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” Thomas Jefferson Welcome to Irwin on the HAM Radio (Click Player) http://www.mrlocalhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2004-1207-w2vjz-enemy-of-mankind.mp3 Listen to Irwin throughout the article as he broadcasted from his HAM radio back in the early 21st century. For those who knew Irwin, it’s really amazing to hear his voice Irwin Richardt (pronounced Rick-art) was born in 1928 and grew up on the Sons…

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