ROADTRIP: Waterloo Village Concept Post COVID-19 Might Work

Historic Waterloo Village near Stanhope, New Jersey

Post Views: 360 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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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: 560 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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Bernards Township – Need a New Street Name?

The History of Street Names in Bernards Township

Post Views: 237 As the Bernards Township Historian I’ve learned so much about so many of the families that founded Bernards Township. I’ve presented this list to the Bernards Township Committee for consideration. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to drop us a note. Robert Terry – Terry Lane – 1941-1945.Tuskegee Airmen Flight Instructor Captain Robert Terry was a flight instructor from Basking Ridge for the Tuskegee Airmen from 1941 to 1945. Terr, who was 30 at the time, taught young Afro-Americans to fly fighter Curtiss P- 40 Warhawks, Bell P-…

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The H-GOAT GAME – Loved Businesses Lost In Somerset Hills History #HGOAT

Are you ready to REMEMBER? Businesses we loved and lost in the Somerset Hills - Mr. Local History #HGOAT

Post Views: 1,381 The Mr. Local History Project is going to find out what were the most loved businesses that we lost in the Somerset Hills over the last fifty years. Follow the fun with hashtag #hgoat. CHAMPIONSHIP – FRIDAY, MARCH 13CONSOLATION MATCHUP – THURSDAY, MARCH 12THE FINAL FOUR – WEDS-FRI MARCH 11-13, 2020ELITE ROUND OF 8 STARTS MONDAY NIGHT, MARCH 9, 2020 SWEET 16 ROUND 3 STARTS SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020 ROUND 2 STARTS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020. ROUND 1 COMPLETE MARCH 3, 2020 – The field is cut…

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The Food Hall – Modernizing the Food Court Concept

The District Kitchen in Jersey City is the closest we've seen to being a true "Food Hall".

Post Views: 980 Above: The District Kitchen in Jersey City is the closest we’ve seen to being a true “Food Hall”. Some ask “why am I seeing an article about food on a history website.” Well, history shows up in strange places. As I sat in a new food court in Toronto, Canada, I realized that this is a new concept to challenge the traditional food court. Well, it’s winning! Read on…. It’s not a food court like you see at the mall. A fairly new concept, the food hall…

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History Helps Realtors Sell Real Estate

Mr Local History and Realtors Unite

Post Views: 935 Realtors History Guide to Selling Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster and the Rest of the Somerset Hills, New Jersey It probably comes as no surprise that realtors have a fairly easy time selling homes in Bernards Township and the surrounding Somerset Hills area. With its top ranked schools, highway access to the rest of the state, easy access to railroads and a relatively low tax rate. Now comes the secret. How you can differentiate yourself as a realtor using Mr. Local History. First off, we never thought of…

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Growing Up at the Cranford Canoe Club

Post Views: 5,146 When you’re a kid, often the most simple things in life end up be the ones you remember the most.  As one of three kids in my family growing up in nearby Westfield, New Jersey, the Cranford Boat and Canoe Company, also known as the Cranford Canoe Club brought life lessons and friendships that live with me almost every day.  With all the experiences, workers, friends, and family, the Cranford Canoe Club will never be forgotten. I started working at the Cranford Canoe Club in 1972 until…

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Mashing Crime Data to Maps and GPS

Mr. Local History Archives - Crime mapping mashup

Post Views: 3,195 Here’s the question. You’re being relocated. You’re moving to a state where you have no friends and family to guide where you should live. It’s Florida, so at least it’s warm. So how do you know which neighborhoods are better than others. Realtors won’t be able to tell you much since their hands are tied with threats of discrimination. So realtor input is iffy at best. School Data is good, but that only tells you about key educational indicators. Sure the pedophile list is important. But what about…

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Social Media for Non-Profits and Historical Societies

Post Views: 2,449 One of the greatest challenges to non-profits and historical societies is the ability to change their business models and become self sufficient. Funding is a great challenge and communicating to various groups, agencies, government officials is critical to their survival. Social media is a relatively new tool that non-profits need to leverage if they’re going to get their word out to the masses. The New Jersey Cultural and Heritage Commission recently held three statewide social media workshops. This workshop was created to introduce and share techniques that…

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Michael Lewis – Characters of The Big Short

Post Views: 1,336 UPDATE: February 29, 2016 Since the release of the best selling book The Big Short. the book is now officially an Oscar winning movie. The film, five years in the making since Michael Lewis’s book was released, won the Best Screen Play Adaptation Oscar. We’ve added photos not only of the players in the book, but those now made famous in the film. Director and screenwriter Adam McKay stated in his acceptance speech, “If you don’t want big money to control government don’t vote for candidates that take money…

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Musuems and Historic Sites Better Change or Face Closing Forever

Post Views: 9,895 Funny how things work. Museums and historic sites are created to save historic works for the public to view and enjoy. But with declining government and corporate financial support, the burden on keeping museums open rely on those who run the museum and those ultimately decide to visit and support them. The alarm is going off – attendence is down, and the funding is drying up. Museums and historic sites are closing. Take a look at New Jersey for example. In New Jersey, one site posted there are 24 public museums…

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Historic Blairsden NJ Mansion For Sale – At a Discount!

Post Views: 44,914 2012 – Turpin Realtors in Far Hills posted that Blairsden, once New Jersey’s largest mansion, is offering  the prestigious estate for sale on its website. Blairsden is noted as probably the most famous mansion in the area, and for a time was one of the greatest mansions in the United States. Details on the offering are limited, and the estate has been completly updated since it was last sold earlier in the mid 2000’s when it was listed for over $6 million. While the estate is still…

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Consolidate 5 NJ Towns NOW – New Somerset Hills Township

New Town Called Somerset Hills?

Post Views: 17,747 Bernardsville News –Consolidation of five local towns advocatedPosted: Friday, July 15, 2011 3:00 am EDITOR: When will enough be enough? The runaway costs for public services have come to a point where hard decisions have to be made and services need cuts, consolidation, or elimination. Will some people be upset? Sure. Some people will be upset. It might become even downright painful. But if we don’t think that municipal taxes, education taxes and county taxes are out of control, you’re either not paying your taxes, or you’ve…

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America’s Oldest Clothing-Optional Club is in Basking Ridge

Post Views: 11,812 Update The Mr. Local History Project recently learned there is a Sky Farm Historical Society under the direction of Janice Gersky that is working to digitize their document and photo archives. Might be time to schedule a visit. America’s First and Finest Naturist Community is Having an Open House Sky Farm Open House Sky Farm Clothing-Optional Club in Basking Ridge, NJ will hold an Open House on Saturday June 11th from 10-4 (Rain Date June 12th). Sky Farm is a safe, family-friendly environment in which to enjoy…

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Communicating Life Stories – Digital Storytelling Oral History

Post Views: 3,183 Communicating Life Stories – Digital Storytelling Oral History Publishing in a Digital Age Technology is moving so fast that sometimes it’s tough to stay in tune with the latest trends. A high school history program teacher at Ridge High School in Bernards Township brought up the opportunity to discuss new technologies around presenting a new oral history project. While there were certainly challenges around the capture of the history, there’s an even greater issue what to do with the recordings once they’ve been captured. Ah…..the presentation. Welcome…

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