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Limited Edition Mr. Local History Project Collectible Pin

Post Views: 60 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: 431 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, New Jersey

Natirar Estate Peapack - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,186 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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The “Dig In the Archives” Archives

Dig In The Archives

Post Views: 876 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: 25,393 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: 1,560 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: 1,562 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: 1,969 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: 1,722 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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The Gilded Age: The Blairsden Estate

Mr. Local History Archives - Blairsden Estate

Post Views: 3,505 Historical Perspective: The Blairsden Estate of Clinton Ledyard Blair Peapack/Gladstone, New Jersey Submitted: Brooks Betz & W. Barry Thomson Blairsden Background Out of all of the requests that we receive at Mr. Local History, none measure up to the sheer volume we receive every month requesting additional information on Blairsden, one of the crown jewel estates of the Somerset Hills. While there have been numerous pieces posted on the internet regarding Blairsden that stretch the truth and invoke imaginations, we will try to put Blairsden into its…

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The History of Street Names in Bernards Township

The History of Street Names in Bernards Township

Post Views: 2,038 Before I begin this post, I have to say that this topic was one of my favorites with June Kennedy, our Basking Ridge Town Historian who recently passed in November 2018. We often challenged each other to dig the truth on the naming of all the 463 streets. The streets covered include the hamlets of Basking Ridge, Lyons, Liberty Corner, and West Millington which makes up Bernards Township. June Kennedy had been involved with history as soon as she moved to town from Little Silver, New Jersey.…

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Bedminster Map Project Reveals Historic Pluckemin Artillery Park

Post Views: 1,214 Map Identifies Historic Properties, Owners, Building Locations, Local History Including the Lost Pluckemin Artillery Park With over 2,000 hours of painstaking research and countless renderings, the landscaping firm of John Charles Smith & Associates of Far Hills is preparing to release their latest effort, a historic look back at the history of Bedminster Township. The rendering highlights historic property lines, roads, buildings, and even the lost Pluckemin Artillery Park, home to America’s first military training academy.  The map project is a culmination of over two years of…

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