The Lost Charters of Bernards Township & Bedminster

Post Views: 3,968 UPDATE: While we wrote this piece years ago, the Bedminster Charter came back in the news on October 21, 2019 when it was announced that the Forbes family was donating the charter back to Bedminster Township. The story continues! This is a tale of three Charters in New Jersey that make for a great “what happened” story. Let’s first talk about what a Charter is. A Charter is a document, typically signed by the King of England granting rights to a particular area of land to a prospective…

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Bernards Township Charter Day – May 15, 2021

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Post Views: 5,997 We lost 2020 Charter Day to Covid-19. We lost 2019 to Charter Day to storms. Charter Day 2021 is on the Calendar Get ready for a fun filled street fair and festival on Saturday, May 15, 2021 in the Historic Basking Ridge Village as Charter Day is BACK! On Charter Day – Add Your Photos to the Charter Day Instagram Wall.ADD #btcharterday to your Instagram or Facebook post! Celebrate the 256th anniversary of Bernards Township as we honor the 1760 Charter of Bernardston and the founding of…

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1912 Astor Estate in Basking Ridge Selected as 6th Wooden Historic Village Keepsake

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Post Views: 1,327 Order online now to be part of the inaugural run. Mr Local History is proud to announce the release of the 6th in the collectible series, the 1912 Samuel Owen home now known as the Astor Estate is the new Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow collectible. Orders are now being taken online. Only a limited number will be produced. The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of our community.…

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The History of the 1912 Bernards Township Town Hall – The Astor Estate in Basking Ridge

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Post Views: 3,849 One of the most iconic historic properties in the Somerset Hills is an English Tudor style estate that sits atop a high ridge in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township. Built in 1912, this Basking Ridge landmark was the home to four families; Owen, Lee, Bissell and Astor, before being acquired by Bernards Township in 1968. The property is known by locals as the Astor Estate since the Astor’s were the last private owners. However, the resident that had the most impact on the town belonged…

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Shop for a Cause

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Post Views: 281 Support Local History by getting #JUSTONEITEM. It makes a huge difference! The Mr. Local History Project is a 100% all volunteer effort. We’re also a federally and state recognized 501c3 non-profit organization. Our fundraising has taken a serious hit due to the pandemic without being able to run fundraising events. So we have to rely on our local history merchandise. A wide variety of fun and social clothing, pillows. clocks, phone covers, and YES – MASKS. Go have a fun look. There has to be something you…

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Recreating the Historic Charter of Bernardston

Post Views: 2,138 Historic documents often meet their tragic ending with swiftness and tragedy. In 1850 in Bernards Township there was known to have been a massive fire at the home of the township administrator, burning all of the townships documents, including it’s founding Charter. Now, with a bit a research and some digital technology, a local resident has recreated a rendering of the Charter of Bernardston. The Charter History On May 24, 1760 the Governor of New Jersey, Sir Francis Bernard was awarded it’s official declaration as a township from…

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The Mysterious Basking Ridge Devil Tree

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Post Views: 12,782   Brief Tidbits From Liberty Corner – The Devil Tree UPDATE: 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 contemplating going up to Devil’s Tree. I had been up there one time before, and a truly weird thing happened. It was about November or December when I was first told about the Devil Tree up…

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