Retrospective: The Lyons VA Medical Center

The Lyons VA Hospital was the first VA hospital in New Jersey - Mr Local History

Post Views: 126 NOTE: 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. Mr. Local History Project The Lyons Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital Historic District, currently known as the Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System, Lyons Campus, is located at 151 Knollcroft Road, approximately 2.5 miles southwest of the village of Basking Ridge in Bernards Township, New Jersey. Located in a campus setting, the Lyons…

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Independence Day – New Jersey History

Five NJ Signers of the Declaration of Independence - Mr Local History

Post Views: 103 Here are the Jersey five of the fifty-five signers of the Declaration of Independence. Early in 1776, while the state believed in separation, there was heated discussions between the Patriots and the Loyalists. As the issue heated up, the New Jersey state convention replaced all their delegates with those favoring the separation.The Provincial Congress arrested Royal Governor William Franklin (Ben’s son) at his Propriarity House in Perth Amboy and voted to replace the New Jersey delegation. Abraham Clark was highly vocal on his opinion that the colonies…

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Retrospective: Artist, Filmmaker, Actor -The Hildebrandt’s of Gladstone

Star Wars Hildebrandt Somerset Hills - Mr Local History header

Post Views: 80 The Brothers Hildebrandt – The creation of the original Star Wars Poster was just the tip of the iceberg. NOTE: 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. Greg and Tim Hildebrandt better known to the illustration world as “The Brothers Hildebrandt” began their careers 1959. The Brothers have worked on documentary films and thousands of illustrations for text books, children’s books,…

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Sky Farm – The Oldest Clothing-Optional Retreat in the United States Right Here in Liberty Corner

Nude Tractor - Sky Farm Archives - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 203 Above Image : William (Bill) Meyer, Sky Farm founder seen here tilling the field…..naked of course. NOTE: 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. “I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised and naked; I am mad for it to be in contact with me.” Walt Whitman, Song of Myself In 1932, the American League for Physical…

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Quicklinks – History From Your Town

Find History Easily - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 68 Want a quick way to search for articles about the history from your town? The Mr. Local History Project has created a few quick searches to give you a head start. Bedminster Bedminster History Bernards Township (Basking Ridge) Bernards Township History Bernardsville Bernardsville History Far Hills Far Hills History Peapack & Gladstone Peapack & Gladstone History What is the Somerset Hills The Somerset Hills is known as the northern region of Somerset County located in the U.S. state of New Jersey and includes the townships of Bedminster,…

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Bridle Path History and Future in the Somerset Hills, New Jersey

Post Views: 130 NOTE: 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. History What many people don’t know is that the Somerset Hills in northern Somerset County, New Jersey is STILL one of the largest equine communities in the United States. Bedminster, New Vernon, Peapack, Gladstone and Tewksbury are just some of the towns that dot the map where equestrian activity is still welcome. Bedminster…

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Mr. Local History’s #growlocalhistory Project

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Post Views: 1,072 Trying to Make Somerset County Grow with Free Sunflowers and Some Local History – And Now – a Contest! 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 2nd annual “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. PLANT NOW – JOIN THE CONTEST Read below…

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Retrospective: Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ Time in Bernardsville & Peapack in the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 473 NOTE: 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. A Small Part of Camelot in the Somerset Hills While the Somerset Hills plays home to many a power broker and celebrities, there was no one who captured the time and essence of the Somerset Hills quite like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. While her life was filled with unimaginable tragedy, we look at…

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Mr. Local History Releases Summer Magazine Vol.2 Issue 3 – The Covid-19 Issue

Mr Local History Magazine - Free - Interesting Articles about History in the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 185 Who would have ever imagined that between our Spring and Summer issues that the world would change. The historic Covid-19 virus has crippled communities and businesses. Read how the Mr. Local History Project team is working to document the event as well as to continue to research and share local history to distract everyone from what has certainly been a stressful time. We hope our latest issue brings just a bit of joy to everyone’s stressful time. This Issue’s Cover Two great images: Our first showcases the…

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Historic Community Collage – Share a Photo To Help Document These Difficult Times.

Community Collage during Covid - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 595 Take part with neighbors and community members in the Somerset Hills and share a photo to our community collage. During this time of unprecedented history everyone recognizes that being safe means social distancing. But that can’t stop us from being a community. Be part of the “Community Collage – Strength in Numbers” online collage to document these tough times. Our ask is simple. Use the form below to submit a photo you think best represents you or your family during this crisis. We will gather all the…

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The Iconic Kiwanis Fair in Basking Ridge – Did you go? Be part of the Story

Retrospective: The Kiwanis Fair in Basking Ridge - Mr. Local History

Post Views: 217 Be part of the story! The Mr. Local History Project is looking for anyone with stories and photos they’d like to share for a research project about the Kiwanis fair that ran at the Oak Street school grounds in Basking Ridge for almost 50 years. Tell us why it ended. Tell us your favorite booth, event or organization you participated with. Any stories and photos appreciated. Any submission will be considered to add to the research of the event. If you are sending photos, please tell us…

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Bernardsville Honors Local Soldiers

Bernardsville Honoring Veterans - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 283 The borough of Bernardsville, New Jersey, in conjunction with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Memorial Post 7858 and Downtown Bernardsville, is honors local soldiers with a program entitled “Bernardsville honors our soldiers.” Bernardsville is part of what’s known as the Somerset Hills in northern Somerset County, New Jersey, which is why the Mr. Local History Project honors this program. There are currently 31 veterans honored on the banners. They are hung in mid-May through the mid-July for Memorial Day and July 4 and then for Veterans…

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The Gilded Age: Natirar Estate in Peapack, New Jersey

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Post Views: 755 UPDATE: June 12, 2020 – The Mr. Local History Project is SOOOO excited to introduce the expansion of our Historic Somerset Hills Cat’s Meow Village, the Natirar Estate in Peapack, New Jersey. Only a limited number will be produced. Interested in participating in a MLH tour? If interested, join our email list and we’ll let you know if we can get one put together. The Gilded Age: Natirar Estate in Peapack, New Jersey Catherine “Kate” Macy and Walter Graeme Ladd began acquiring property in the Somerset hills…

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Population Trends in the Somerset Hills

Everything looked consistent until Bernards Township broke the trend with an exponential growth period. Mr. Local History

Post Views: 241 One thing that I’ve learned as a township historian in this area is everyone has a point of view on what changed the area over the years. No matter who you talk to you typically hear that the area is nothing like it used to be. But what did it used to be depends on how far you look back. Looking back to the 1700’s in the Somerset Hills we’ve recognized a few things. First, the Somerset Hills townships are tucked behind the Watchung Mountains in a…

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