Independence Day – New Jersey History

Five NJ Signers of the Declaration of Independence - Mr Local History

Post Views: 103 Here are the Jersey five of the fifty-five signers of the Declaration of Independence. Early in 1776, while the state believed in separation, there was heated discussions between the Patriots and the Loyalists. As the issue heated up, the New Jersey state convention replaced all their delegates with those favoring the separation.The Provincial Congress arrested Royal Governor William Franklin (Ben’s son) at his Propriarity House in Perth Amboy and voted to replace the New Jersey delegation. Abraham Clark was highly vocal on his opinion that the colonies…

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UPDATE: Wooden Collectible Series Grows

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Post Views: 1,702 The Somerset Hills Historic Village is part of the World Famous Cat’s Meow Wooden Keepsake Collectibles The Somerset Hills Historic Village keepsake collection is a wood painted collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of the Somerset Hills community. Each keepsake was selected based on community feedback and a voting process. Brooks Betz stated, “we’re really excited to see how the public reacts to the next potential addition to this historic series. Additional keepsakes will be added to…

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Bernardsville Honors Local Soldiers

Bernardsville Honoring Veterans - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 283 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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Bernards Township Honors Fallen Soldiers and Veterans

Bernards Township Honors our local veterans - Mr Local History

Post Views: 377 This Memorial Day 2020 Bernards Township honors our military with a banner salute around the Bernards Township Municipal building and town hall. Please take a moment to remember those who have served to preserve our freedoms and our way of life. Special thanks to the Bernards Township Veteran’s Appreciation Task Force under the direction of Mayor James Baldassare who have been working on the project since early January 2020. I want to thank our Veterans Appreciation Task Force headed by Jennifer Donohoe for having our Hero’s Banners…

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2019 – Local History in Pictures

The Mr. Local History 2019 Year in Pictures. Join us for a look back at our inaugural year!

Post Views: 386 As 2019 comes to a close here in the Somerset Hills, now’s the best time to take a look back at all the fun events, activities, posts, and images for 2019. While not in images, our biggest event was when we expanded, incorporated, and formally became a 501c3 non-profit community organization. Now we get to do what we do and do it with non-profit status. So now you can give tax deductible donations towards our programs and scholarship fund. Please also let me take a moment to…

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Reflection: Basking Ridge Christmas Eve Caroling

The infamous "Whoville" Christmas gathering. It's as close as you can get when you're in the Basking Ridge village green at 7pm the night before Christmas.

Post Views: 5,279 Community Tradition Annual Christmas Eve Community Carolingon the Village Green in Basking Ridge. Post your photos on Social Media #realwhoville Every year on December 24th starting promptly at 7pm on what’s known as “The Green”, residents, families, friends, and guests in Basking Ridge, New Jersey gather for less than 20 minutes to sing Christmas carols, wish good tidings, then move on to their personal family traditions. It’s this 20 minute community activity that brings out the best in this community. The event for many is a ongoing…

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“June in December” Tree Honors June Kennedy at Festival of Trees in Basking Ridge

June In December Holiday Tree Honors former Bernards Township Historian June Kennedy

Post Views: 670 The Mr. Local History Project honors the former Bernards Township’s historian June Kennedy showcasing our “June in December” tree honoring her dedication to community and local history. The Festival of Trees is an indoor exhibit of decorated Christmas trees by various community groups and individuals and runs from December 6 thru December 30th at the Environment Education Center on Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The Mr. Local History Project is proud to announce the newly created “community spirit tree” honoring all those who like to…

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Exclusive Holiday Cards – Get Yours

Holiday Greeting Cards - Available Now.

Post Views: 444 “T’was the night before Christmas in the village of Basking Ridge” – Community Holiday Cards with a purpose! In our first year of being, the Mr. Local History project presents an exclusive holiday card for our Bernards Township friends and families. We call it the “T’was the night before Christmas in Basking Ridge village” card. The card was created by our dear friend Linda Arnold, a resident of Liberty Corner. For a limited time, you can get a set of 5 cards with envelopes for only $10.…

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Colonial Christmas Returns to Bedminster

Colonial Christmas at the Jacobus Vanderveer House

Post Views: 1,091 The historic Vanderveer House in Bedminster celebrates the holiday season with Colonial Christmas Nov 29 thru December 8, 2019. Who likes history? Who likes Christmas? There’s an event that’s been going on just after Thanksgiving for 16 years at a beautifully restored colonial home in Bedminster, New Jersey. The event is called Colonial Christmas and it’s time to recognize what a great event it is. Called the Jacobus Vanderveer House (pronounced  Jake-O- Bus Vander Veer – it’s a Dutch thing), has transformed into one of the most beautifully restored revolutionary war…

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History of the Basking Ridge Fire Company and the Town Christmas Tree

s greatest tradition. Town residents join each other for caroling the night before Christmas.

Post Views: 1,549 Every year the Basking Ridge Fire Company accepts a large evergreen tree donated by a local resident or business. The all volunteer Basking Ridge Fire Company members take responsibility for cutting the tree down and placing it on the village green in Basking Ridge center. Firefighters and volunteers also decorate the tree for the holidays, relying on fire equipment to reach the top. The Fire Company will arrive to down the tree, clean up afterward, and transport the tree away in a couple of hours. The traditional…

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Wooden Collectibles

The Cat's Meow is one of the worlds most iconic collectible series. Mr. Local History started creating the Somerset Hills Historic Village back in 2018. Each year we launch new additions based on community input.

Post Views: 1,083 World Famous Cat’s Meow Collectibles now Include the Somerset Hills Historic Village The Somerset Hills Historic Village keepsake collection is a wood painted collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of the Somerset Hills community. Each keepsake was selected based on community feedback and a voting process. Brooks Betz stated, “we’re really excited to see how the public reacts to the next potential addition to this historic series. Additional keepsakes will be added to the Somerset Hills collection…

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Origins of Cold as Balls and Cold as a Witch’s Tit

Post Views: 16,290 Someone asked the question “Where did the term cold as balls come from and why do they say it?” That got us to thinking about another saying, Cold as a Witch’s tit. We had our mission. Man It’s Cold as Balls! Cold as balls is an interesting term. My daughter even says it! You hear it all the time but most guys then respond with; “My balls aren’t cold, so what the heck does cold as balls mean?” Cold as balls as it’s referred to in the…

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