Holiday Cards for Veterans -#cardsforvets

Lyons VA - Mr Local History Project Card for Vets Project

Post Views: 570 In a year filled with challenge and heartache the Mr. Local History brought a little holiday cheer by presenting their #cardsforvets, a program that connected the community with local veterans. Cards for Veterans were presented at the Lyons VA on Monday to spread a little cheer in a difficult time. It seems like a lifetime ago but it was only a year ago when children and their parents gathered at the Washington House in Basking Ridge and wrote out holiday cards for our veterans. Those cards were…

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Basking Ridge Christmas Eve Community Sing 2021 “on the Green”

Post Views: 7,790 IT’s BACK! Every year on December 24th for 98 years 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. Church bells begin ringing at about 6:45pm. 10 songs are sung and the caroling ends at approximately 7:25pm again with a round of ringing church bells. The “sing” is the oldest continuous Christmas Eve sing in…

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Come Make a Wish: Community Wish Tree for the Holiday Season

Basking Ridge Community Wish Tree - Mr Local History

Post Views: 848 COMMUNITY PROJECT – 2020 just keeps on giving. Our team was looking to create a great community tree for the 2020 Festival of Trees over at the Environmental Community Center in Basking Ridge – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID! We have an idea, but need your support. We would have used our artificial tree but it only is for indoor use. This has to go outdoors. So we promise to purchase one right across the street at Bishop Janes. We have chosen local business Gerald York Opticians to…

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The Mr. Local History Historic Marker Scavenger Hunt

It's the Mr. Local History Historic Marker Challenge

Post Views: 1,473 It’s time to grab your smartphone and head outdoors for a new adventure for history buffs. The Mr. Local History Project has been traveling all over northern Somerset County trying to locate some of the most obvious and obscure historic markers in the area. Each marker discusses a historic moment from our areas past. The fun part is we’re making it a challenge. We’ve identified 31 signs in the Somerset Hills towns of Bedminster, Bernards, Bernardsville, and Peapack. Question is, can you find them? Three Legs We’ve…

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Exclusive Holiday Cards – Get Yours

Holiday Greeting Cards - Available Now.

Post Views: 986 “T’was the night before Christmas in the village of Basking Ridge” and the Bernardsville Center 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…

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The History of Worship in Basking Ridge

Historic image of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge

Post Views: 4,721 On June 10, 2017 the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church (BRPC) celebrated its 300th anniversary with a town wide parade from Ridge High School down Finley Avenue to the iconic church off the Basking Ridge village green. Given this great accomplishment we thought it’d be important to look into the history of worship in the town and provide some insight. Another Historic Moment: The first virtual Easter Service – April 12, 2020 The Basking Ridge Worship Timeline Putting everything in perspective a 300 year existence is incredible. Just think…

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Shop for a Cause

Shop for a Cause - Mr Local History Project #shoplocalhistory #justoneitem

Post Views: 1,122 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 collection of our more exclusive custom make keepsakes and collectibles. A wide variety of fun and social clothing, pillows. clocks, phone covers, and YES – MASKS.…

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Widow White’s Tavern – What Happened to Mary, the House, and the Property

Widow Whites Tavern in Basking Ridge, New Jersey - Mr. Local History Archive #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 20,795 Below are the original research notes as I had spent years researching contradicting information on the Widow White’s Tavern in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Often I like to post research in hopes that other researchers can see what’s been gathered and take the discussion to a new level. Please feel free to reach out if there are other items that get discovered. Brooks Betz, Ameteur Historian – Originally gathered in 2009. Updated April 2017 Widow White’s Tavern The Event that Changed America FOREVER! At about noon time…

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Widow White’s Tavern in Basking Ridge was more than a Grog Stop

Widow Whites Tavern in Basking Ridge, New Jersey - Mr. Local History Archive #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 13,252 Basking Ridge, New Jersey’s Most Famous Incident At about noon time on December 13,1776, General Charles Lee (1731-1782), was alarmed by Major Wilkinson while he was writing a letter to General Gates about George Washington in an upstairs bedroom of the Widow White’s Tavern. Widow White’s Tavern, named after Ebenezer White’s wife Mary Brown White, became the centerpiece of Revolutionary War history on that day, because It was on this most unfortunate day for General Lee that General Lee became a prisoner of the British Army, leaving…

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