Free Map Gift

Beers 1873 Map Mr Local History Free Map Offer

Post Views: 209 Make a Tax Deductible Donation – Get a Frameable Map Finding New Ways to Share Local History.We call it “Maps for a Cause” supporting Our Annual Scholarship Fund The Mr. Local History Project continues its mission to get history in the hands, and on the walls, of our local residents. So we have an offer for everyone. You send us a tax deductible donation, and we’ll send you a custom created historic rendering of an iconic 1873 map. While we had hoped to do this in person…

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Retrospective: The Cranford Hotel

The Cranford Hotel Sketch Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 695 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 comment or photo, feel free to post at the bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project If you’ve ever been to Cranford, New Jersey, there are two places you have to go to: the Cranford Canoe Club as it epitomizes what is known as…

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Preserving Bernardsville’s History

Post Views: 321 The Mr. Local History Project (MLH) non-profit volunteer organization has been preserving and promoting local history in the Somerset Hills since the organization was established in 2019. The all volunteer group started a wooden miniature keepsake program to share history, artwork, that now has become part of New Jersey’s local history and help Somertset Hills historic icons grow as part of the statewide New Jersey Historic Village Collection. Supporting Bernardsville’s history via our MLH keepsake project is growing as we honor Bernardsville’s local history. Here’s your chance…

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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: 144 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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Bring Auto Racing Back to Paterson New Jersey

Lost Raceways of New Jersey - Paterson's Hinchcliffe Stadium

Post Views: 655 The former mayor of Paterson, Joey Torres, had committed to seeing the restoration of the stadium by the end of his term in 2018. He left office in 2017 and accepted a plea deal in response to charges of corruption. Further improvements to the stadium may come with the efforts to upgrade the area around the Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park. Hinchliffe Stadium was named after Mayor John Hinchliffe, who made his fortune from Hinchliffe Brewing before it closed due to Prohibition. After the 1932 opening, for decades onward, the…

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Thank You!

Limited Edition Mr. Local History Project Collectible Pin

Post Views: 252 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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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: 954 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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The Gilded Age: Natirar Estate in Peapack/Far Hills, New Jersey

Natirar Estate Peapack - Mr Local History

Post Views: 2,099 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 and Far Hills, 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/Far Hills, New Jersey Catherine “Kate” Macy and Walter Graeme Ladd began acquiring property…

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The “Dig In the Archives” Archives

Dig In The Archives

Post Views: 1,570 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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Grand Mansions and Historic Homes in the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 26,219 Many people have asked why post all this history stuff on the area you’re calling the Somerset Hills. Well, call it passion. Call it intrigue. Call it local awareness. I think that the main reason is whenever I asked a question about history in the area, the information wasn’t available. I didn’t want to wait to go to the library, and I didn’t have time to go to the local historical society. But I moved to the area and said, “If I’m gonna be a local, I…

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A Unique Bedminster Cemetery-“God’s Acre”

Mr Local History takes a look at a unique burial ground in Bedminster, New Jersey

Post Views: 2,398 So we’re over at the Bedminster Farmers Market and while meeting a few of the locals, one of the patrons mentioned “why don’t you research what’s going on over at the slave burial grounds in Bedminster. Here we are. We love a good local history lesson, so let’s do this. Tucked behind the second Watchung Mountain off Lamington Road in Bedminster lies what had been identified as a slave burial ground. Back in the early 18th century the area was quietly farmed mostly by Dutch families who…

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1777 Boudinot – Southard- Ross House in Basking Ridge Added to Wooden Historic Village

The 1777 historic Boudinout House is now a member of the Somerset Hills Historic Village Wooden Keepsake Collection - Get yours now. #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 2,039 Mr. Local History is proud to announce along with a partnership with The Ross Farm the release of the 6th in the collectible series, the Somerset County 1777 Boudinot Southard Ross House. The collectible is part of the Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow Historic collection. Ordering is simple and available while supplies last. The keepsake is made of wood and then painted. The final dimensions are 3 3/4in. high x 7 1/4 in. long 1777 – Elias Boudinot House The sixty one acre Boudinot-Southard-Ross estate, which borders…

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Somerset Hills Historic Sites on the National & State Registers

Part of the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 2,653 Tucked in the northern section of Somerset County, New Jersey, the area known as the Somerset Hills has a rich history that Mr. Local History is proud to document. Each property was researched prior to submitting documentation to the state historic register. IF it meets the criteria, it then can be nominated to the National Registry of Historic Places. Take a look at the great historic landmarks of our hometown area. Bedminster, New Jersey Historic Sites McDonalds/Kline’s Mills, Klines Mill Road (1) Bedminster Township, New Jersey A…

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Historic Grain House in Bernards Township Turns 250 Years Old

The Grain House c.2018 Credit: Brooks Betz

Post Views: 2,170 Historic Profile: The Grain House, Franklin Corners (Bernards Township), New Jersey The Grain House at the Olde Mill Inn Turns 250 Years Old (1768-2018) Mr. Local History congratulates the historic Grain House as it celebrates its 250th construction anniversary. In 1768, when the First Methodist Church in North American colonies was initiated at Wesley Chapel in NYC and the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was being published in Scotland, Samuel Lewis, a miller from Franklin Corners in Bernards Township, built a water-powered grist mill and a barn…

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