Post Views: 1,842 Snow is an interesting thing. Some love it. Some hate it. But when there’s a major storm in the area there’s the battle between getting a snow day, and whether to play in it or dread dread… Read More »Retrospective: Snowstorms and Sledding in The Somerset Hills
News and articles of historic interest from the official Bernards Township historian.
Post Views: 1,335 National Award Winning Landscape Architect Lives and Breathes History with His Map Creations. The Mr. Local History Project introduces you to a dear friend and history connoisseur that has taken cartography to a whole new level overlaying… Read More »Retrospective: Somerset Hills Cartographer John Smith Showcases Local History
Post Views: 3,521 Every year the Basking Ridge Fire Company accepts a large evergreen tree donated by a local resident or business. The all volunteer Basking Ridge Fire Company members take responsibility for cutting the tree down and placing it… Read More »History of the Basking Ridge Fire Company and the Town Christmas Tree
Post Views: 3,009 If it wasn’t for this event, the world might have had a different look. Basking Ridge, New Jersey’s most famous Incident occurred at about noon time on December 13,1776. General Charles Lee (1731-1782), was “alarmed” by Major… Read More »December 13 – The Day that Altered American History Happened in Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Post Views: 14,852 Basking Ridge, New Jersey’s Most Famous Incident At about noon time on December 13,1776, General Charles Lee (1731-1782), was alarmed by Major Wilkinson while he was writing a letter to General Gates about George Washington in an… Read More »Widow White’s Tavern in Basking Ridge was more than a Grog Stop
Post Views: 4,139 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… Read More »Lord Stirling- Basking Ridge’s Most Famous Resident
Post Views: 590 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… Read More »Join Mr. Local History for Somerset County’s History Weekend Oct 9-10, 2021
Post Views: 818 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… Read More »Is it Bernard or Bernards? Hummm
Post Views: 2,825 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… Read More »The Largest Antique Truck Collection in the World is in Basking Ridge
Post Views: 1,706 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… Read More »History of The Bernards Township Flag
Post Views: 1,179 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… Read More »Why List a Historic District on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places?
Post Views: 30,982 The New Jersey towns that make up the Somerset Hills include Bernards Twp (Basking Ridge), Bernardsville, Bedminster, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone). Starting back in the late 1800’s many of the richest and most famous people lived in the… Read More »Somerset Hills Most Famous Families & Residents
Retrospective: Franklin Corners Historic District and William Childs Willmere Farm Williamsburg-esqe Village
Post Views: 1,764 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… Read More »Retrospective: Franklin Corners Historic District and William Childs Willmere Farm Williamsburg-esqe Village
Post Views: 5,784 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… Read More »The Lost Charters of Bernards Township & Bedminster