The Haunted Registry of the Somerset Hills

Haunted Takes From the Somerset Hills - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,224 Believe it or not, the dead is alive in in the blue hills of Somerset in northern Somerset County. The question is not whether they are real or not, but more like are they disturbing or friendly. The Mr. Local History Project is looking for the public to share their paranormal experiences. Save the Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021The 2021 Haunted Walking Tour of Basking Ridge Village, NJ is ON! Know the Tales? Take the Survey Loading… Phyllis Parker Ghost – Bernardsville Phyllis, the daughter of John…

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Haunted Walking Tour of Basking Ridge Village Fundraiser – Tickets on Sale Now

Event: the Haunted Walking Tour of Basking Ridge Village - Join Us.

Post Views: 143 How about a fun day out in the fall fresh air strolling the streets of haunted village. The Mr. Local History Project has created a new chapter of the Haunted Walking Tour of Historic Basking Ridge Village and is bringing back this fall classic for one October afternoon. The script is updated and our Witch of Winding Lane is ready with her tales and her spooky participants will be ready to enlighten and entertain you. Join the Witch of Winding Lane as she and her ghoulish friends…

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

Cold as Balls - Cold as a witches tit

Post Views: 20,281 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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Lord Stirling- 1770s Festival – Sun Oct. 3, 2021

Lord Stirling - Washington's top general from Basking Ridge.

Post Views: 2,612 Is William Alexander Basking Ridge’s Most Famous Resident? William Alexander was considered male heir to the Scottish title of Earl of Stirling through Scottish lineage (being the senior male descendant of the paternal grandfather of the 1st Earl of Stirling, who had died in 1640), and he sought the title sometime after 1756. Raised on Broad Street in Lower Manhattan, he decided to move west to the country. He chose Baskinridge (Basking Ridge) and became what many feel is the area’s most famous resident. Let’s take a…

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Join Mr. Local History for Somerset County’s History Weekend Oct 9-10, 2021

Join the Mr. Local History Project for History Weekend

Post Views: 100 Join Mr. Local History as we partner with Somerset County’s Boudinot Southard Ross Farm in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The 16th Annual Journey Through the Past is October 9th and 10th, 2021 – ALL FREE Somerset County’s annual Journey Through The Past is an initiative of the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners and the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission in collaboration with many county-wide local historical organizations and commissions and other county organizations. Special displays, free historic local maps, and the entire New Jersey Historic…

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Far Hills Race Meeting 100th Anniversary Collectible

Far Hills Race Meeting Mr Local History Keepsake - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 495 Celebrate the 100th running of the Hunt with this beautiful wooden hand painted collectible as part of the New Jersey Historic Village Cat’s Meow collection. Beautifully handcrafted wood, hand painted edges, and a beautifully hand painted rendering of the Far Hills Race scenery. The back side includes the history of the iconic event that began as the Farmers Race and became the Far Hills Race Meeting. Honor the 100th running with this limited edition keepsake. Our Historic Collectibles Sell Out Quickly – Check Availability How do I…

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Basking Ridge’s Isaacman #Inspiration4 – Went to Outer Space

Leaving after his freshman year at Ridge Hight School, Jared Isaacman went on a path to be the the greatest non Ridge High School student to ever attend .

Post Views: 2,138 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. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project Yes, a billionaire Basking Ridge high school dropout went to outer space!!!!! Do we have your attention yet? The history of Jared Isaacman dropping out of Ridge High…

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Bedminster History – Look To the Old Mellick Farmhouses

Post Views: 11,801 If you live in the Somerset Hills area around Bedminster and Tewksbury you hopefully have heard the name Mellick. The Mellick name goes back to one of the founding family names in the area. In fact, the name Mellick acquired three different spellings. In those days the people in charge of registering land titles and other legal documents spelled names as they sounded. The Bedminster branch became Mellick, the Tewksbury branch Melick, and a few spelled it Malick. There was a standing joke in the Melick family…

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THE First American Flag and Middlebrook, New Jersey

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Post Views: 548 Isn’t it great when you think you knew about something only to find out that someone else has showed up with a different answer? Well, I hate to admit it but I think it’s been done to us again. Did you know the FIRST flying of the official American flag was a small 1777 campground in Middlebrook, New Jersey? TRUE. Fundraiser: Help Support History Where was That First American Flag Flown?MIDDLEBROOK in BRIDGEWATER, NEW JERSEY! So you’re driving back and forth to work, down 287 then east…

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History of The Bernards Township Flag

Banner Mr Local History Bernards Township Flag

Post Views: 513 Bernards Township has an impressive history that dates back to the early 1600s. One of the things that the Mr. Local History Project started digging into are the origins of the Bernards Township official flag. Let’s see what we’ve found. As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our internet community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the…

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Summer Reading Book & Film Club – Mr. Local History

Read a good book about your hometown area - Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 979 The Mr Local History Book & Film Club partners with local libraries and area authors and filmmakers showcasing films and stories from the Somerset Hills. Have an author or filmmaker to share? Let us know. Our Summer Favorites: Kidnapping the ENEMY by Christian McBurney -The Special Operations to capture Generals Charles Lee and Richard Prescott Jersey Stories by Fred Rossi – Fun lesser known stories from New Jersey’s historic past Flight of Passage by Rinker Buck – True story of a 1966 flight of two Basking Ridge…

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So Where is West Millington, Lyons and Madisonville Sections of Bernards Township

Post Views: 508 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 We’re often asked by the public about typical history questions that you think would be fairly straightforward. Today we dig into the history of the West Millington and Lyons hamlets that are part of Bernards Township. The Mr. Local History Project researchers are taking on the challenge. First off,…

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Pari Mandalapu Chosen 2021 Ridge High School Mr Local History Scholarship Winner

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Post Views: 787 Ridge High School senior Pari Mandalapu is the recipient of the 2021 Mr. Local History Project Scholarship for Community Service in local history. Pari has lived in Basking Ridge most of his life, and has been involved in local history projects for all 4 of his high school years. In addition to being a club swimmer—and member of the Ridge High School varsity swim team—for many years, he also describes himself as an “avid fanatic” of “anything history.” During his time volunteering—he has amassed over 250 hours…

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Stirling Manor in Basking Ridge or Proprietary House in Perth Amboy: Which Came First

William Alexander Proprietary House and Stirling Manor - Which Came First

Post Views: 575 THESIS: The Mr. Local History Project is researching the thesis that another house known as Stirling Manor in Basking Ridge was built with similar architecture before the Proprietary House by England’s John Edward Pryor that William Alexander of Basking Ridge convinced to come to America. Let us know what you think after we present our case below. The Lord Stirling Manor in Basking Ridge was completed in 1763. The Proprietary House was completed in 1764. And the Morris House was completed in 1765. They were all built…

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New Keepsake: Preserving Bedminster’s History #summerwhitehouse

Trump National Summer White House is No. 21 in the New Jersey Historic Village Collection

Post Views: 605 New Keepsake: Preserving Bedminster’s History – The Mr. Local History Project (MLH) has been preserving and promoting local history since our non-profit organization was established in 2019. The all volunteer group started a wooden miniature keepsake program to share history, artwork, in partnership with the world famous Cat’s Meow Village Company of Ohio to support New Jersey’s local history and grow the New Jersey Historic Village Collection. Congratulations Bedminster, New Jersey Supporting Bedminster’s history via our MLH keepsake project is in its early stages and we hope…

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