Quicklinks – History From Your Town

Find History Easily - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 254 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: 529 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

#growlocalhistory by the Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 1,322 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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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: 381 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: 924 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: 437 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: 532 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

Natirar Estate Peapack - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,223 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: 516 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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Historic Profile: The Lost Somerset Hills Airport in Basking Ridge

Looking back at the Somerset Hills Airport in Basking Ridge, NJ

Post Views: 1,167 If you were driving around the small town of Basking Ridge, New Jersey and you were looking for an airport the only thing you’d find is a sign. But for residents who’ve lived here since the 1930s, the area contained a small grass runway airport called the Somerset Hills Airport. Before there was an airport, there was a 70 acre tract that had a long history in Basking Ridge. The original owner goes back to the early 1700s when James Alexander, the father to Lord Stirling aka…

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Historic Profile: Somerset Hills Country Club

Somerset Hills Country Club c1920 with logo

Post Views: 940 Tucked behind the bucolic town center in the boro of Bernardsville, New Jersey lies one of the best kept historic secrets in the state, the Somerset Hills County Club. Actually a golf and tennis club as well, the low key very private club has served history well in the Somerset Hills. Notable members of Somerset Hills over the years have included C. Douglas Dillon, Secretary of the Treasury for Eisenhower; Cyrus R. Vance, Secretary of State for Jimmy Carter; Nicholas F. Brady, Secretary of the Treasury for…

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The “Dig In the Archives” Archives

Dig In The Archives

Post Views: 896 The Mr. Local History Project loves to share photos from various sources showcasing images from the area’s local archives. It’s called #diginthearchives . Play our weekly game online on our Facebook page and tell any stories you might have. If you didn’t know the answer, we will always post it here. Over 80 Posts and Counting! Just Click on One Image and the Show Begins.

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Sharing History with Maps

This 1850 map is a recreation of an original 1850 Somerset County map. The area hasn't changed, but towns have forged their own mark on history.

Post Views: 850 Researching New Jersey and our Somerset Hills Community’s History with Maps As a historian, maps are one of the greatest sources of information capturing a time and place. These maps are ones we use to research history, find buildings, families, farms, or streets. We often then compare those historic maps to current maps. Then we go on a journey to find that actual location today. Once in a while, we take our research and create maps to give perspective. #readytoremember Mr Local History Google Maps 1779 Washington…

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The Founding Families of Basking Ridge

Trading $50 for Basking Ridge

Post Views: 1,527 History showcases some of the greatest reminders of where we came from. Many people new to the area don’t know the deep history in the area ties back to some of the originating families that chose this area back in the early 1700s. As many know, the area was purchased by John Harrison, agent of King James III of England in 1717, from Chief Nowenoik of the Lenapes, a real estate package of 3,000 acres for $50.  We honor those who founded this community on the Ridge.…

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Mr. Local History Releases Spring Magazine Vol.2 Issue 2

Mr Local History Magazine Vol 2 Issue 2 #HGOAT

Post Views: 751 With Spring in the air and everyone now told to stay inside, we present our digital Mr. Local History Magazine. Remember that warmer days and gardening come to mind and we get to go outside and enjoy the fresh spring air. Make sure you do it! Learn things about the area that even we didn’t know when we began our research. Just knowing that we had baseball in 1867 is insane. Cover Two great images: Our first showcases Simon and Karen Perry of Basking Ridge who breathes…

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