The Washington House

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Somerset Historic Village Collection Welcomes #4 – the 1871 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.

Inaugural Run is Available Now (Online ONLY)

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Amazing that it’s been two years since we launched the Historic Somerset Hills Village collection in partnership with the Cat’s Meow Village Company. Mr. Local History is proud to announce that the village is going to grow again with at least two new additions for 2019. The first release for 2019 is the historic 1871 Washington House in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township. If you’d like to participate and be part of the inaugural first production run you can pre-order yours at the Mr. Local History Gift Shop

The 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 Washington House c. 1911 shows its infamous cupola that was lost in a terrible fire in 1947. Our collectible recreates this iconic structure as the structure existed back in 1947.
The back of the wood painted keepsake collectible – The 1871 Washington House Hotel and Restaurant in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township.

The Collection

The Washington House Keepsake is a wooden collectible then painted with the historic Washington House and the classic Cat’s Meow black cat.

The Historic Somerset Hills Cat’s Meow Village is part of one of the largest collectible in the world. The Cat’s Meow Company has been producing iconic images on wood with paint for some of the most historic property’s in the world. “It’s really a testament to our historic area in northern Somerset County that the Cat’s Meow Company has created such treasures from our community,” stated Brooks Betz, organizer and creator of the representing the Somerset Hills area. “It’s such a great give back to the community to offer these memories on wood.”

“We’re in a position to now grow out the village and we can’t be more excited,” stated Mr. Local history himself!  “I was amazed how much the public felt that this establishment was the one they voted for.” After months of gathering public feedback and voting, the committee decided on their choice that would be the best to grow the village. Make sure you either sign up to the email list or like/follow us on any of the major social media platforms.

Keepsakes in the Collection

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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.
You can see the historic Basking Ridge Church and Oak tree collectible on the shelf at Brushes Deli in Basking Ridge
Reverend Dennis Jones standing outside his office with a gifted version of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and the historic white oak tree of Basking Ridge.
A new option is to have a small hole and a ribbon configured so you can hang your Cat’s Meow tree on the tree! simply select if you’d like the freestanding version or a hanging version at checkout.
Click to pre-order yours today. A limited first edition run will be available in March 2019.

The Cat’s Meow

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.

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

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