Should the School Districts in the Somerset Hills Consolidate?

Post Views: 135 It’s in the news again. School district consolidation across New Jersey. We have a question of the day that ties back to our initial Somerset Hills days when there was only Bernards and Bedminster (pre-1920s). Called Sweeney’s “Path to Progress” campaign. Senate bill 3755: “Requires executive county superintendent of schools to establish consolidation plan to combine all school districts in county, other than preschool or kindergarten through grade 12 districts, into all-purpose regional schools districts.” This bill is essentially a restart of a process begun under former Gov.…

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Retrospective: J. Malcolm Belcher & The Far Hills Fairgrounds

The Field at the Far Hills Fairgrounds is named after J. Belcher of Far Hills

Post Views: 267 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. If you have a story to share, please see the comments section at the end of the post. Many people may not know that the 12 acre pocket of land on the corner of Main Street and Peapack Gladstone Road has served as the crossroads of Far Hills going back farther than the…

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Our People & Their Stories #911neverforget

The family we lost on 9/11

Post Views: 358 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 and 2020 were big high school 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 hit the north…

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#911neverforget in the Somerset Hills

The family we lost on 9/11 from Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, and Peapack

Post Views: 1,107 Starting at 8:46am on September 11, 2001, when the first plane hit the north tower, our community was changed forever. Please take a moment to remember those 21 residents from Basking Ridge, Bernardsville and Peapack that never came home that day. This is our tribute to the families. #wewillneverforget. Bernards Township was one of the hardest hit communities in the state on 9/11. The 18 township residents lost that day was the fourth highest total of any town in New Jersey, after Jersey City, Hoboken and Middletown…

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Thank You!

Limited Edition Mr. Local History Project Collectible Pin

Post Views: 67 Thank you for giving to the Mr. Local History Project. Our commitment to preserving and promoting local history with a social twist means we are committed to engaging with you all in fun new exciting ways. Be sure to Like and Follow us on our social media pages including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Subscribe to our eMail Magazine (below) Subscribe to our FREE Quarterly Newsletter * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Town * Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel Make sure…

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ROADTRIP: Waterloo Village Concept Post COVID-19 Might Work

Historic Waterloo Village near Stanhope, New Jersey

Post Views: 229 Here’s an idea. How about a fresh air compound. Great open space. Historic homes, beautiful rolling, open fields, and a canal. Yes, a canal. Oh, and let’s throw in a infamous outdoor concert series while we’re at it. Just off the highway on the border of Sussex and Morris County in New Jersey in a quiet rural community lies a quiet little village. Based on how the COVID virus is treating the world, there might be rationalization to revive the look and feel of places like Waterloo…

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Retrospective: The Acclaimed Kiwanis Community Fair in Basking Ridge

The 1993 Kiwanis Fair in Basking Ridge. Source: Courier News

Post Views: 416 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. The story is expanding as we learn more about the family. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the bottom of this page. Mr. Local History Project What started back on Labor Day weekend back in 1949 will hold a place in many a local residents heart as one…

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Retrospective: Robert Terry – Tuskegee Airmen and a Basking Ridge Pilot

Tuskegee Airmen Basking Ridge New Jersey

Post Views: 428 Civilian Pilot and Army Air Force Instructor Robert (Bob) Terry from Basking Ridge was a groundbreaking Pilot in WWII….and yes, he was black. 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. The story is expanding as we learn more about the family. Mr. Local History Project You would think being black today and being a pilot didn’t matter, and it doesn’t.…

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Mr. Local History Book Club

Read a good book about your hometown area - Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 279 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. Title Released: Author: Town(s): Summary: The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project 2017 Brooks Betz Basking Ridge The 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…

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Education Programs

Educators - Let Mr Local History create a program for your students

Post Views: 255 The Mr. Local History Project helps local educators to promote local history in the classroom. From 3rd grade to High School and College, let Mr. Local History work with you to share a history with your students with a fun and social twist. We’re now working with educators to define our 2020/2021 programs and would love to coordinate either an in class session or something via Zoom. Just complete our contact us form and let Miss Meg, Trustee and our education program lead work with you to…

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What’s to Happen with Lord Stirling Stable and its Park?

What is to happen with the Lord Stirling Stables post COVID-19

Post Views: 454 The Lord Stirling Park including the Lord Stirling Stable (LSS) in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township is part of the Somerset County Parks Commission in Somerset County. 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 State of the Stable from Somerset County, July 20,2020 In 1968, the Somerset County Parks Commission purchased what first became…

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Retrospective: The Lyons VA Medical Center

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

Post Views: 723 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: 352 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: 389 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: 765 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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