ROADTRIP: Waterloo Village Concept Post COVID-19 Might Work

Historic Waterloo Village near Stanhope, New Jersey

Post Views: 223 Here’s an idea. How about a fresh air compound. Great open space. Historic homes, beautiful rolling, open fields, and a canal. Yes, a canal. Oh, and let’s throw in a infamous outdoor concert series while we’re at it. Just off the highway on the border of Sussex and Morris County in New Jersey in a quiet rural community lies a quiet little village. Based on how the COVID virus is treating the world, there might be rationalization to revive the look and feel of places like Waterloo…

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Retrospective: The Lyons VA Medical Center

The Lyons VA Hospital was the first VA hospital in New Jersey - Mr Local History

Post Views: 709 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 The Lyons Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital Historic District, currently known as the Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System, Lyons Campus, is located at 151 Knollcroft Road, approximately 2.5 miles southwest of the village of Basking Ridge in Bernards Township, New Jersey. Located in a campus setting, the Lyons…

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Bridle Path History and Future in the Somerset Hills, New Jersey

Post Views: 522 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. History What many people don’t know is that the Somerset Hills in northern Somerset County, New Jersey is STILL one of the largest equine communities in the United States. Bedminster, New Vernon, Peapack, Gladstone and Tewksbury are just some of the towns that dot the map where equestrian activity is still welcome. Bedminster…

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The Gilded Age: Natirar Estate in Peapack, New Jersey

Natirar Estate Peapack - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,211 UPDATE: June 12, 2020 – The Mr. Local History Project is SOOOO excited to introduce the expansion of our Historic Somerset Hills Cat’s Meow Village, the Natirar Estate in Peapack, New Jersey. Only a limited number will be produced. Interested in participating in a MLH tour? If interested, join our email list and we’ll let you know if we can get one put together. The Gilded Age: Natirar Estate in Peapack, New Jersey Catherine “Kate” Macy and Walter Graeme Ladd began acquiring property in the Somerset hills…

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Historic Preservation & Restoration In the Somerset Hills

Somerset Hills HIstoric Preservation - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 699 The Mr. Local History project is sponsoring a new Community Forum for those interested in sharing and learning about historic preservation and historic restoration efforts in the Somerset Hills area of northern Somerset County. Tips for Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone. But we welcome all those who’d like to preserve and protect history so feel free to share your ideas and thoughts. Topic areas include: General Restoration questions and comments Recommendations Share Your Restoration Local Government questions/comments The Mr. Local History Project is…

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Looking Back – Werring Chevrolet-Olds in Basking Ridge

Werring Chevrolet Basking Ridge 1957

Post Views: 1,001 For many the downtown village of Basking Ridge is a bucolic vision of a Rockwell American town. Dotted with small shops, churches, and eateries, you don’t have to travel back in time too far when one of the biggest businesses in the downtown area was a car dealership. The Mr. Local History project takes you back to 1957 where we introduce you to the history of Werring Chevrolet-Olds right there where the current Basking Ridge Family Dentistry offices stand in 2020. John H. Werring picked up where…

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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: 1,988 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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History of the US Golf Association Headquarters and Museum

USGA Headquarters and Museum - Bernards Township NJ

Post Views: 2,242 September 17, 2020 MLH UPDATE: OK, now the story is getting better! The administrative building and the golf museum here, known as Golf House, will remain intact, Janeen Driscoll, USGA director of brand communications, said. The USGA’s The CEO and the majority of its executive team are expected to remain in New Jersey, Driscoll said. The main change will be the closing of the site’s 36-year-old equipment testing center, where golf balls and clubs are tested for conformance to the rules of golf. About 50 full-time USGA…

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The Gilded Age: The Blairsden Estate

Mr. Local History Archives - Blairsden Estate

Post Views: 3,526 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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The History of the 1912 Bernards Township Town Hall – The Astor Estate in Basking Ridge

Astor Esate Basking Ridge - Mr. Local History

Post Views: 3,875 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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The Washington House

Mr. Local History Archives - #catsmeowvillage

Post Views: 1,585 Somerset Historic Village Collection Welcomes #4 – the 1871 Washington House. Inaugural Run is Available Now (Online ONLY) Amazing that it’s been two years since we launched the Historic Somerset Hills Village collection in partnership with the Cat’s Meow Village Company. Mr. Local History is proud to announce that the village is going to grow again with at least two new additions for 2019. The first release for 2019 is the historic 1871 Washington House in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township. If you’d like to…

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