Lord Stirling- 1770s Festival – Sun Oct. 3, 2021

Lord Stirling - Washington's top general from Basking Ridge.

Post Views: 2,605 Is William Alexander Basking Ridge’s Most Famous Resident? William Alexander was considered male heir to the Scottish title of Earl of Stirling through Scottish lineage (being the senior male descendant of the paternal grandfather of the 1st Earl of Stirling, who had died in 1640), and he sought the title sometime after 1756. Raised on Broad Street in Lower Manhattan, he decided to move west to the country. He chose Baskinridge (Basking Ridge) and became what many feel is the area’s most famous resident. Let’s take a…

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Join Mr. Local History for Somerset County’s History Weekend Oct 9-10, 2021

Join the Mr. Local History Project for History Weekend

Post Views: 93 Join Mr. Local History as we partner with Somerset County’s Boudinot Southard Ross Farm in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The 16th Annual Journey Through the Past is October 9th and 10th, 2021 – ALL FREE Somerset County’s annual Journey Through The Past is an initiative of the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners and the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission in collaboration with many county-wide local historical organizations and commissions and other county organizations. Special displays, free historic local maps, and the entire New Jersey Historic…

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Our People & Their Stories #911neverforget

The family we lost on 9/11

Post Views: 2,644 Special Ask from the MLH Project: MLH would love to know any positive outcomes that have come since. If you have a story to share, please post at the end of this story (e.g. did you know four children were born after the tragedy? True. 2019, 2020 and 2021 were big high school and college graduations for many of the 44 children as well. Contact us with any information. Mr. Local History Project On this anniversary, starting at 8:46am on September 11, 2001, when the first plane…

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Is it Bernard or Bernards? Hummm

Bernard or Bernards - Which is it

Post Views: 445 The Mr. Local History project often digs into multiple archives looking for evidence of the areas collective past. But this one got us scratching our heads. There is no doubt that Bernards Township is named after Sir Francis Bernard. But is the town name really Bernard or Bernards? Could someone have added an “S” to Sir Francis’ surname? Where did the S come from? First Notice Our first instance takes us back to 1873 to the go-to F.W. Beers 1873 map collection of Somerset County, New Jersey.…

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The Largest Antique Truck Collection in the World is in Basking Ridge

Mahan Truck Collection - Basking Ridge - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 1,147 You wouldn’t think, but in a quiet suburb of New York City, a man has amassed what is often referred to as the largest collection of Mack and antique trucks in the world. We introduce you to the Mahan Foundation of Basking Ridge. As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our internet community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to…

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History of The Bernards Township Flag

Banner Mr Local History Bernards Township Flag

Post Views: 506 Bernards Township has an impressive history that dates back to the early 1600s. One of the things that the Mr. Local History Project started digging into are the origins of the Bernards Township official flag. Let’s see what we’ve found. As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our internet community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the…

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Why List a Historic District on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places?

Bernards Township Historic Districts - Liberty Corner and Franklin Corners

Post Views: 409 The New Jersey Register of Historic Places is the official list of New Jersey’s historic resources of local, state, and national interest. Created by the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act of 1970 (N.J.S.A. 13:1B-15.128 et seq.) The New Jersey Register is closely modeled after the National Register program. Both Registers have the same criteria for eligibility, nomination forms, and review process. Nearly every municipality in New Jersey has properties significant in architecture, history, archaeology, engineering and/or culture that are eligible for the New Jersey and…

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Retrospective: Franklin Corners Historic District and William Childs Willmere Farm Williamsburg-esqe Village

Franklin Corners District Art Brooks Betz

Post Views: 736 As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our internet community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project Tucked in at the northernmost section of Bernards Township, New Jersey along the Passiac River lies a small historic district that if you drive through it you’ll…

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Bernards Township & Bernardsville Honor Fallen Soldiers and Veterans

Bernards Township Honors our local veterans - Mr Local History

Post Views: 2,025 On Memorial Day and Veterans Day Bernards Township honors our military with a banner salute around the Bernards Township Municipal building and town hall. Special thanks to the Bernards Township Veteran’s Appreciation Task Force under the direction of Mayor James Baldassare who have been working on the project since early January 2020. Please take a moment to remember those who have served to preserve our freedoms and our way of life. Historic Photos – Somerset Hills I want to thank our Veterans Appreciation Task Force headed by…

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The Lost Charters of Bernards Township & Bedminster

Post Views: 4,913 UPDATE: While we wrote this piece years ago, the Bedminster Charter came back in the news on October 21, 2019 when it was announced that the Forbes family was donating the charter back to Bedminster Township. The story continues! This is a tale of three Charters in New Jersey that make for a great “what happened” story. Let’s first talk about what a Charter is. A Charter is a document, typically signed by the King of England granting rights to a particular area of land to a prospective…

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Bernards BaseBall Club of 1867

Post Views: 1,476 The history of Basking Ridge (Bernards Township) sometimes comes in unique ways. While researching the internet for another story we came across this auction selling an original score book from the Bernards Baseball Club. Today, there are a large number of men who love to play club ball. While mostly softball, there is a core group of club based ball players across New Jersey. Formed in 1867, while the Bernards Baseball Club is an interesting story, it’s all the letters, signatures and additional tidbits that came with…

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Retrospective: Harry Dunham and His Park

Harry Dunham Park Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 823 As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project As many Bernards Township residents know about the Harry Dunham Park, very few people know about Harry Dunham the man. Mr. Dunham was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and…

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Basking Ridge Oak Tree Community Photo Album

The Basking Ridge Oak Tree Photo Album - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 754 On April 24-26, 2017 the New Jersey town of Basking Ridge lost its oldest resident, the Basking Ridge historic white oak tree.  What was estimated to be over 600 years old, no one ever imagined that the tree would die during their lifetime and it came as quite a shock to the entire community. So we reached out to the community on our Facebook Page asking for any photos to add to our Basking Ridge Oak Tree photo album. If you’d like your photo added, join the…

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The New Jersey Historic Miniature Village Keepsake Collection

Local History Wooden Collectibles - Cats Meow Village - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 3,290 The MLH Project is proud to announce that the Somerset Hills Historic Village has joined forces with the New Jersey Historic Village Collection. The New Jersey 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 New Jersey’s history. 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 additions to this historic series.” The…

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