Sharing History with Maps

This 1850 map is a recreation of an original 1850 Somerset County map. The area hasn't changed, but towns have forged their own mark on history.

Post Views: 826 Researching New Jersey and our Somerset Hills Community’s History with Maps As a historian, maps are one of the greatest sources of information capturing a time and place. These maps are ones we use to research history, find buildings, families, farms, or streets. We often then compare those historic maps to current maps. Then we go on a journey to find that actual location today. Once in a while, we take our research and create maps to give perspective. #readytoremember Mr Local History Google Maps 1779 Washington…

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Mr. Local History Builds Wikipedia Page

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Post Views: 548 The internet is such a great place to begin a search for local history and was exactly the reason why I started writing this blog and posting. Find a good story, research it, and share it with others so they can help make the story better, bring their perspectives, and share their history. I call it crowdsourcing to a better answer. Everyone that knows the web, knows about wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that covers almost every topic you can think of. Well now, wikipedia has a new…

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Grand Mansions and Historic Homes in the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 25,394 Many people have asked why post all this history stuff on the area you’re calling the Somerset Hills. Well, call it passion. Call it intrigue. Call it local awareness. I think that the main reason is whenever I asked a question about history in the area, the information wasn’t available. I didn’t want to wait to go to the library, and I didn’t have time to go to the local historical society. But I moved to the area and said, “If I’m gonna be a local, I…

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Somerset History – Two Historic Books

Post Views: 771 While searching the internet we found a few great books that showcases the history of the Somerset Hills and Somerset County, New Jersey from the early 1800’s. If you like local history, these two books really bring the detail to some of the great history tales of the Somerset Hills area. The Somerset Hills The first book is simply called “The Somerset Hills” by Ludwig Schumacher. The full title is:The Somerset hills; Being a brief record of significant facts in the early history of the hill country…

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The Essex Hunt and the Far Hills Race Meeting Historic Timeline

Post Views: 1,760 This is a continuation of The History of The Far Hills Race Meeting post….. For the better part of a decade, the Mr. Local History Project has been digging and investigating the history of one of the greatest events in the Somerset Hills. For over 100 years, the Far Hills Race Meeting and the Hunt have been hunting and racing back to the late 1800’s. Every year in October the small town of Far Hills becomes the third largest city in New Jersey. If you attend the…

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Somerset Hills Historic Sites on the National & State Registers

Part of the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 1,970 Tucked in the northern section of Somerset County, New Jersey, the area known as the Somerset Hills has a rich history that Mr. Local History is proud to document. Each property was researched prior to submitting documentation to the state historic register. IF it meets the criteria, it then can be nominated to the National Registry of Historic Places. Take a look at the great historic landmarks of our hometown area. Bedminster, New Jersey Historic Sites McDonalds/Kline’s Mills, Klines Mill Road (1) Bedminster Township, New Jersey A…

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The Gilded Age: The Blairsden Estate

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Post Views: 3,506 Historical Perspective: The Blairsden Estate of Clinton Ledyard Blair Peapack/Gladstone, New Jersey Submitted: Brooks Betz & W. Barry Thomson Blairsden Background Out of all of the requests that we receive at Mr. Local History, none measure up to the sheer volume we receive every month requesting additional information on Blairsden, one of the crown jewel estates of the Somerset Hills. While there have been numerous pieces posted on the internet regarding Blairsden that stretch the truth and invoke imaginations, we will try to put Blairsden into its…

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Spring Planting – Keep the History Going

The Daffodil Project - Plant Now

Post Views: 842 Throwback post – If you live in Bernards Township, New Jersey, for the 250th Anniversary back in 2010 Bernards Township adopted the Flower Drift Daffodil as the 250th Anniversary Daffodil for their 250th anniversary! Show your support by planting these daffodils in your yard to celebrate the anniversary! THE DAFFODIL PROJECT… TELL YOUR FRIENDS/NEIGHBORS….Facebook your wall, Tweet…whatever gets the message out there…. ALL BERNARDS TWP RESIDENTS… PLANT NOW so that the entire area has this special daffodil blooming on the 250th anniversary!

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Popular Historical Web Site in Somerset Hills ‘Going Dark’

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Post Views: 941 By W. JACOB PERRY Staff Writer March 19, 2019 It’s a popular treasure trove of information about virtually every local landmark from the Blairsden mansion to the late Basking Ridge oak tree, but the web site of the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (HSSH) is close to becoming history. The site, www.historicalsocietyofsomersethills.org, now features a prominent, stark message by the “host provider” that says it is “going DARK” along with “hundreds of pages, thousands of images, and great news and interest visited by over 2,000 people…

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Basking Ridge Historic White Oak Tree Selected as 3rd Keepsake in Series

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Post Views: 1,076 Mr Local History is proud to announce the release of the third in the collectible series, the 619 year old Basking Ridge Historic White Oak Cat’s Meow collectible. The collectible is now available online. 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. The third keepsake was selected based on community feedback and a voting process. Brooks Betz stated, “the tree was the oldest resident in our town.…

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Shop for a Cause

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Post Views: 285 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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