Did You Work at the Cranford Canoe Club (Or any of the Cranford Boat Businesses)?

Cranford Canoe Club 1990 (1)

Post Views: 307 When you’re a kid, often the most simple things in life end up be the ones you remember the most.  As one of three kids in my family growing up in nearby Westfield, New Jersey, the Cranford Boat and Canoe Company, also known as the Cranford Canoe Club brought life lessons and friendships that live with me almost every day.  With all the experiences, workers, friends, and family, the Cranford Canoe Club will never be forgotten. I started working at the Cranford Canoe Club in 1972 until…

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What is New Jersey’s Most Iconic Diner? We Have a Winner!

Diner Champion - Mr Local History Project Vote

Post Views: 1,259 Being a Jersey guy who can’t forget the classic New Jersey diner. I’m not talking IHOP or Denny’s, but a REAL New Jersey diner. This story is a calling to our internet friends to identify the ultimate New Jersey’s Classic Diner for an upcoming New Jersey Historic Village wooden keepsake. After all, we are the Diner Capital of the United States so a lot of bragging rights are at stake. After two months and 600 votes, we have our keepsake nomination. Congratulations to the Broad Street Diner…

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Horror in the Somerset Hills

Ghost Tales from the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 2,965 Ghosts, Murder, Nuns gone insane, the Devil and other horror stories from the Somerset Hills When the leaves start turning and the nights get cooler, ghost tales and horror stories take over the autumn camp fires. Volunteering with some friends, a list was gathered and presented during a few walking tours that were put together in Basking Ridge and for a haunted fright night at the local Ross Farm. ,There are great ghost stories all around the towns that make up the Somerset Hills. Are they true?…

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The “Man Card Survey” – or “How Men Think” Survey

Post Views: 1,861 Sometimes a blog is just that. A blog. A place where you just go write something, or in my case you just ask twenty seven random questions directed to seeing how men behave. I don’t know why I do it, but sometimes I’m just curious about human nature. There’s a program where you get to fire off as many questions as you can in 30 seconds without thinking. I’m fascinated by this for some reason. So here’s my own Man Card survey. Take the survey and when…

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Blairsden- The Horror, The Nuns and Other Tales

Peapack Gladstone's Blairsden Estate - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 30,770 Weird New Jersey Launches an all out attack on the horrible tales of what went wrong inside the Blairsden Estate in Peapack, New Jersey. This article originally was posted on another site back in 2007. We thought it was time to bring it back and provide additional details since the original article was published. Before we get started, you have to read how the Blairsden Horror Phenomenon took hold. It really started to take off when a niche magazine called Weird New Jersey published an article about…

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Growing Up at the Cranford Canoe Club

The Cranford Canoe Club aka Cranford Boat and Canoe Company in Cranford New Jersey

Post Views: 5,974 2021 UPDATE: The Mr. Local History Project is determining interest to nominate the Cranford Canoe Club to the New Jersey Historic Registry. If you believe this should be done, please consider signing our petition to let Cranford local officials that this should be done. Click Here. When you’re a kid, often the most simple things in life end up be the ones you remember the most.  As one of three kids in my family growing up in nearby Westfield, New Jersey, the Cranford Boat and Canoe Company,…

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50+ Chris Christie Beach Memes To Make You Laugh

Chris Christie Beach chair meme Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 12,669 UPDATE: YOU KEEP SENDING… WE’LL KEEP POSTING! After shutting down the NJ government due to a budget impasse while a constitutional requirement was legit. But the photos of Christie caught on a closed public beach have turned his episode into a viral web phenomenon. The Christie Snub It all started when a photographer from the Newark Star Ledger rented an airplane on July 2, 2017 to take photos of the closed public park beaches. He had a hunch that maybe, just maybe, Christie, whose governor summer home…

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The Mysterious Basking Ridge Devil Tree

The Devil Tree by Mr. Local History

Post Views: 13,704   It’s actually Liberty Corner – The Devil Tree UPDATE: Join us online Friday, Oct 30, 9pm as the film team of Matt Ryan and Will Cook join Mr. Local History and look at the paranormal activities around the devil tree and the nearby farmhouse – Details The tale of the devil tree continues as the documentary “Haunted Roots” wins the American Golden Picture International Film Festival best documentary short film. Story #1 Devil’s Tree – More Than Just a Tree Me and my friends were all…

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