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The Mr Local History Book Club partners with local libraries and Amazon to provide you interesting reads from authors in the Somerset Hills. Help us by adding to the list in the comments section below. We will review and add to the list.

TitleReleased:Author:Town(s):Summary:
The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project2017Brooks BetzBasking RidgeThe keepsake book is a fundraiser that not only includes some of the most touching writings and images, but it also gives back to the community.
Somerset Hills History Coloring Book2016Brooks Betz, Linda Arnold, AAUWBedminster, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Bernardsville, Peapack, GladstoneThe Somerset Hills is a group of five beautiful towns in the northern section of Somerset County, New Jersey including Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. New Jersey is often referred to as the “Cockpit of the American Revolution” and many of these images tie back to the history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the great American Experience. 
History of the Reformed Church at Peapack, N.J2015Henry Post ThompsonPeapackThis work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible.
A Bit of Earth in the Somerset Hills: Growing Up in a Small New Jersey Town2007Gordon Thomas WardBedminster, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Bernardsville, Peapack, GladstoneCombining the enchantment of youth with nostalgic memories of the landscape of Somerset, New Jersey, author Gordon Ward recalls in brilliant detail the Bernardsville neighborhood in which he grew up. While the world beyond grappled with Woodstock, Vietnam, Watergate and the era s other great dramas, Ward went to school, played, explored the surrounding terrain, developed friendships, celebrated holidays, found a niche for himself within his family and much more. A Bit of Earth in the Somerset Hills, is a neighborhood tale that will resonate with all whose growing up years were filled with a sense of place
Schoolhouses of Early Bernards Township: A Photographic History of Schools2007Josephine M. Waltz Bernards TownshipA pictorial history of the early schoolhouses of the Bernards Township (NJ) school district, which dates to 1853. Several of the schoolhouses continued in use into the early 1900s and still stand today.
New Jersey Country Houses – The Somerset Hills – Volume 22005John K. Turpin , W. Barry ThomsonBedminster, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Bernardsville, Peapack, GladstoneVolume 2 documents the prolific estate-building activity that took place in one of the country’s exclusive residential “colonies” during the period between World War I and World War II. Beautifully illustrated and extensively researched.
New Jersey Country Houses – The Somerset Hills – Volume 12004John K. Turpin , W. Barry ThomsonBedminster, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Bernardsville, Peapack, GladstoneLavishly ilustrated, The Somerset Hills provides a rare glimpse into some of New Jersey’s finest country houses and estates, and the fascinating people who designed and built them. Volume 2 of this stunning series is also now available.
In the Somerset Hills (Images of America1999Joan WilliamsBedminster, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Bernardsville, Peapack, GladstoneThe popular series continues capturing great images from Somerset Hills history.
Flight of Passage1998Rinker BuckBasking RidgeTrue story of a 1966 flight of two Basking Ridge brothers
Bedminster (Images of America)1998William A. SchleicheBedminsterSettled in the first half of the 1700s, the fertile fields of Bedminster Township attracted Dutch, German, and Scottish farmers. During the American Revolution,the town served as a safe haven for the American army. For over a century, following the war, Bedminster returned to its previous way of life as a sleepy little farming community.
The Shooting of Rabbit Wells1997William LoizeauxBernardsvilleA White Cop, a Young Man of Color, and an American Tragedy. On a frigid winter’s night in 1973, William “Rabbit” Wells, a young man of mixed race, was shot and killed by a white policeman named William Sorgie outside a bar in Bernardsville, New Jersey
Around and About Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, and Lyons (Images of America)1995June KennedyBernards TownshipBasking Ridge, Liberty Corner, and Lyons form the nucleus of Bernards Township, a region with a history as fascinating as it is long. 
A Journey through Peapack and Gladstone1993Jacqueline TuttonPeapack & GladstoneA great history of Peapack and Gladstone with images.
Among the Blue Hills: Bernardsville, A History1973Bernardsville History Book CommitteeBernardsville, Bernards Townshipn spite of the great numbers of local histories that have recently appeared as by-products of the celebration of New Jersey’s tercentenary, we feel no need to apologize for offering one more. New Jersey, more than any state in the Union, can trace its history only through studies of its individual communities. The complexity and diversity of the state is clearly seen in the small area about twenty miles in length in which Bernardsville is centered
The Somerset Hills1900Ludwig SchumacherBedminster, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Bernardsville, Peapack, GladstoneThe Somerset hills; Being a brief record of significant facts in the early history of the hill country of Somerset County, New Jersey and contains stories from the Millington native. New Amsterdam Book Company
The Story of an old Farm; or, Life in New Jersey in the Eighteenth Century 1889Andrew D. MellickBedminster, Peapack, GladstoneThis work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.
Centennial History of Somerset County1878Andrew MesslerBedminster, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Bernardsville, Peapack, GladstoneThe 212 page book is a historic look back at people, places and activities that we all take for granted as New Jersey citizens today. Many of the names have been honored with township and county names like Carteret, Penn, and more. The journey starts back in 1681. The bound brook, the middlebrook, the north branch, pluckemin, and the chimney rock are called out as they become colonized over the next century.
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