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: 2,536 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: 3,196 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

Post Views: 3,420 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: 5,021 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: 3,115 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: 2,348 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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Historic Barn Finds a New Home in Liberty Corner

Post Views: 96 March 12, 2010 – The historic barn was originally part of the Gerhardt Farm in northern Bernards Township moves across town and becomes a new-old-barn in Liberty Corner. “Without the help of a few key people, the effort would never have come to fruition.” – Carolyn Knox, Liberty Corner Resident and owner of a newly restored historic mortise and tenon barn. Barn Restoration Project The Knox Family William (Bill) and Carolyn Knox purchased their farmstead in 1972 from the Liberty Corner Fetzer children. Bill was raised in Cranford, Carolyn…

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