International Women’s Day Honors 25 Women Trailblazers from the Somerset Hills

Women of Somerset Hills

Post Views: 3,597 In honor of International Women’s Day, we thought it’d be fun to share some of the inspirational trailblazing women from our area that have made a difference. Each of these women either grew up or lived in the Somerset Hills. The Somerset Hills is the region of northern Somerset County, New Jersey that includes Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. The list below is in alphabetical order so to not take away from any of these women’s accomplishments. Brooke Astor – She married her…

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Preserving Cranford’s History

Post Views: 65 The Mr. Local History Project (MLH) has been preserving and promoting local history since our non-profit organization was established in 2019. The all volunteer group started a wooden miniature keepsake program to share history, artwork, in partnership with the world famous Cat’s Meow Village Company of Ohio to support New Jersey’s local history and grow the New Jersey Historic Village Collection. Supporting Cranford’s history via our MLH keepsake project is in its early stages and we hope interest in Cranford’s history will be strongly supported by the…

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Preserving Westfield NJ History

Preserving Westfield NJ History Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 98 The Mr. Local History Project (MLH) has been preserving and promoting local history since our non-profit organization was established in 2019. The all volunteer group started a wooden miniature keepsake program to share history, artwork, in partnership with the world famous Cat’s Meow Village Company of Ohio to support New Jersey’s local history and grow the New Jersey Historic Village Collection. You may not know this but two of our trustees grew up and lived in Westfield. Supporting Westfield’s history via our MLH keepsake project is in…

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Preserving Bernardsville’s History

Bernardsville History Keepsakes Mr Local History

Post Views: 94 The Mr. Local History Project (MLH) has been preserving and promoting local history in the Somerset Hills since our non-profit organization was established in 2019. The all volunteer group started a wooden miniature keepsake program to share history, artwork, in partnership with the world famous Cat’s Meow Village Company of Ohio to support New Jersey’s local history and grow the New Jersey Historic Village Collection. Supporting Bernardsville’s history via our MLH keepsake project is in its early stages as we hope interest in Bernardsville’s history will be…

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Cataloging Sears Roebuck & Kit Homes in the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 220 The Mr. Local History Project received a request and we love the idea. We’re going to try to find as many Sears Roebuck houses we can in Basking Ridge and the surrounding area. Don’t know what a Sears Roebuck house is? Well let’s set the stage. Join us as we begin cataloging Sears Roebuck houses, also known as “kit homes” in the Somerset Hills (Get it? We made a funny). Get on the map! If you have a Sears kit house or think you do, get on…

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Historic New Jersey Theaters Honored in Miniature Wooden Keepsake Collection

Rialto Artwork Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 162 Remembering classic movie theaters that not only showed first rate films, but anchored our towns and kept us full of memories. Three of the last remaining old-time, downtown movie theaters in New Jersey, each with over a century of service, the Mr. Local HIstory Project 501c non-profit honors the Cranford Theater, the Rialto Theater in Westfield, and the Bernardsville Cinema with three new wooden miniature keepsakes coming to the New Jersey Historic Village Collection this Spring 2021. The Mr. Local History Project celebrates three iconic New Jersey…

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Far Hills Race Meeting 100th Anniversary Collectible

Far Hills Race Meeting Mr Local History Keepsake - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 75 Celebrate the 100th running of the Hunt with this beautiful wooden hand painted collectible as part of the New Jersey Historic Village Cat’s Meow collection. Beautifully handcrafted wood, hand painted edges, and a beautifully hand painted rendering of the Far Hills Race scenery. The back side includes the history of the iconic event that began as the Farmers Race and became the Far Hills Race Meeting. Honor the 100th running with this limited edition keepsake. Our Historic Collectibles Sell Out Quickly – Check Availability How do I…

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Aviation Tragedy: Lieutenant Guy Kendrix Rudd

Post Views: 154 The Somerset Hills have seen its share of aviation accidents, minor and spectacular, over the years.  Fortunately, most have involved light aircraft with injuries rather than casualties as the result.  The early crashes, prior to WWII, tended to be military aircraft as private flying was not as common as it would become after the war.  One such accident, with an unusual local connection, occurred in the ‘Mountain Colony’ between Bernardsville and Mendham in the late morning of Sunday, December 11, 1932. Training Mission Gone Bad The New…

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Honoring Black History Month in the Somerset Hills

Celebrating Black History Month in Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone in the Somerset HIlls - Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 184 NOTE: As with many Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our community. We will continue to expand this piece as information becomes available. Mr. Local History Project The Mr. Local History Project is often asked to dig into particular historic events, historic properties, and historic people. Every February the nation celebrates black history month so we wanted to do some digging, and crowdsource to the local communities to build on honoring the month with stories…

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The Annin’s of Liberty Corner: Patriots, Flag Company and a Middle School

William Annin - Annins Corner, Liberty Corner, William Annin Middle School Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 621 William Annin has a prominent place in the history of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Liberty Corner, and yes the William Annin Middle School. The Mr. Local History Project looks back at one of Liberty Corner’s founding families known worldwide for their manufacturing of “old glory” that have been placed around the world and even on the moon! The Patriots:John Johnston, known as John Annin from Annin’s Corner (Liberty Corner) John Johnston was born in Annandale, a district in southeastern Scotland named for the river Annan. The area…

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Nominate Your Top 5 To the American HO Greatest Slot Cars of All Time List

Finding the Top 100 slot cars in America - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 269 What are your #TOP 5 greatest slot cars in your collection?Is it speed, collectibility, car you owned? Maybe it’s your fastest car. Maybe it’s the your most collectible. Maybe it’s just the replica of the car you had when you were young. We’re on a mission to have provide the first ever internet gathering of information on the love of slot cars. There are no wrong submissions! What’s your favorite car? Can’t have just one…..give us your top 5. We’ll gather everyone’s submission to vote on the…

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2021: Honoring Far Hills, New Jersey Centennial

Post Views: 258 NOTE: The Borough of Far Hills is planning for its 100th anniversary #farhills100, with Council President Karner and the mayor’s wife, Janis Vallone, spearheading “what will be a great community event on May 15,2021 with a parade and picnic for Far Hills residents.” The festivities will begin with a parade starting at the Far Hills Train Station, continuing down to Peapack Road and ending at the monument in front of our municipal building. Mayor Vallone will read a Proclamation commemorating this great event. A time capsule will…

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Three Most Historical Moments That Changed Basking Ridge & America

#3localhistoryeventchallenge - 3 Greatest Moments in Basking Ridge History

Post Views: 423 PREVIEW RELEASE – PUBLIC INPUT INVITED – While an editorial, this preview piece is a way to promote the three most important events in our towns history. Feel free to comment at the end of the story. On the internet, we’ve created the #3LOCALHISTORYEVENTCHALLENGE where you share your town’s three most historic events. As the historian for Bernards Township, representing Bernards Towns#hip and its four hamlets is a great honor and I’m always looking for ways to showcase local history to residents, neighbors, and friends that haven’t…

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Retrospective: Why Bernardsville was Called Vealtown

Vealtown also known as Bernardsville on 1814 Map

Post Views: 332 It’s an age old question. And the internet didn’t know the answer. So the Mr. Local History Project went digging. Why was Bernardsville once called Vealtown? Our research started with a post on social media because yes there are a lot of smart people out there. Next, we started digging into our vast archive of data, maps, stories, articles and reference material, knowing we’ve seen the term “Veal Town” before. Maps are always a great place to start. But why “VEAL”? What is veal anyway. First –…

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Retrospective: Snowstorms and Sledding in The Somerset Hills

Snowstorm History - Somerset Hills

Post Views: 485 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 removing it. Update: 2/1/2020 – The record books had a close call Monday the First of February. Official totals: Basking Ridge 19.5 inches, Bedminster: 19.7 inches. 10th largest snowfall on record. Snowstorm Slideshow If you live in the area and would like to share an image, or story, feel free…

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