The Besties – The Best of the Best in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster in Northern Somerset County

The Besties Mr Local History

Post Views: 7,423 Bedminster, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone also known as The Somerset Hills. It’s time for a real discussion on where to get the best things based on what the LOCALS say! Don’t agree? Post what you think is is best. And if we couldn’t find local, we gave best option. Also check out the Facebook Group – Jersey’s Epic Comfort Food group discussion. Best Food Best Bread: Biagios’  (Stirling) Best Meat/Butcher: Green Village Packing Company (Green Village) Best Bagels: Tie: O’Bagel and Bagels 4 – U…

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Top 15 Daytona 500 Destinations to Hit During Speedweeks

Traveling Daytona 500 and Daytona Beach, Florida - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

Want to go to the #Daytona500 Speedweeks and feel like you know where to go? Here’s 20 years of experience all in one place where we’ve highlighted the top 15 Daytona spots to hit during Speedweeks. We’ve loaded THE BEST.

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Retrospective: Somerset Hills Cartographer John Smith Showcases Local History

Somerset Hills Country Club History Map - John Charles Smith Mr Local History

Post Views: 601 National award winning landscape architect lives and breathes history with his map creations. The Mr. Local History Project introduces you to a dear friend and history connoisseur that has taken cartography to a whole new level overlaying history on top of mapmaking producing beautiful poster sized objects disguised as art. Meet John Charles Smith and his maps of the Somerset Hills. The Somerset Hills is a northern section of Somerset County, New Jersey. Known by friends and locals as the the John Smith maps, the maps are…

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Jersey Comfort Food to Die For – Mapping The Best of the Best!

Jersey Food to Die For - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 4,594 Here’s to a lifetime of living in Jersey. Here’s the map. It’s simple. It may not be the healthiest, but Fagettaboutit, it’s Jersey’s best comfort food. Great flavor with an attitude. I just love it. You will too! Post any pics if you have them.We’re big into #foodporn 🙂 The first round of the Jersey Comfort Food map started when I wanted to get an Italian hot dog. Where would I have to travel? Or if I’m traveling the state, how do I know where the BEST…

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Lost New Jersey Racetracks Project

Lost Racetracks of New Jersey - Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 1,765 Boy this has turned into an obsession. We keep digging and we keep finding more and more racetracks that were once in New Jersey! Have one to share? The Mr. Local History Project is a non-profit organization that picks up on great local stories in New Jersey. The Lost New Jersey Racetrack-Racers Project is to shine the light on the great motorsports history in New Jersey. For example, did you know there was actually a 1.5 mile wooden oval built in New Jersey to rival the Indianapolis…

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Horror in the Somerset Hills

Ghost Tales from the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 3,910 Ghosts, Murder, Nuns gone insane, the Devil and other horror stories from the Somerset Hills When the leaves start turning and the nights get cooler, ghost tales and horror stories take over the autumn camp fires. Volunteering with some friends, a list was gathered and presented during a few walking tours that were put together in Basking Ridge and for a haunted fright night at the local Ross Farm. ,There are great ghost stories all around the towns that make up the Somerset Hills. Are they true?…

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Independence Day – New Jersey Signers Deserve Credit

Five NJ Signers of the Declaration of Independence - Mr Local History

Post Views: 2,071 Welcome to the “Jersey Five” of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence. Richard Stockton John Witherspoon Abraham Clark Francis Hopkinson John Hart Early in 1776, while the state believed in separation, there was heated discussions between the Patriots and the Loyalists. As the issue heated up, the New Jersey state convention replaced all their delegates with those favoring the separation.The Provincial Congress arrested Royal Governor William Franklin (Ben’s son) at his Proprietary House in Perth Amboy and voted to replace the New Jersey delegation. Abraham…

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Population Trends in the Somerset Hills

Everything looked consistent until Bernards Township broke the trend with an exponential growth period. Mr. Local History

Post Views: 1,514 One thing that I’ve learned as a township historian in this area is everyone has a point of view on what changed the area over the years. No matter who you talk to you typically hear that the area is nothing like it used to be. But what did it used to be depends on how far you look back. Looking back to the 1700’s in the Somerset Hills we’ve recognized a few things. First, the Somerset Hills townships are tucked behind the Watchung Mountains in a…

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Sharing Local History with Maps – How to Read Into Them

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: 2,253 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. Here’s a bonus: Want a Free Historic…

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The Founding Families of Bernards Township (Basking Ridge)

Trading $50 for Basking Ridge

Post Views: 3,789 NOTE: Remember that Far Hills and Bernardsville were part of Bernards Township until the 1920 so these names do cover those areas as well History showcases some of the greatest reminders of where we came from. Many people new to the area don’t know the deep history in the area ties back to some of the originating families that chose this area back in the early 1700s. In 1701, East and West Jersey’s 4th Governor Col. Andrew Hamilton and Proprietors wanted to settle the East Jersey province…

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The H-GOAT GAME – Loved Businesses Lost In Somerset Hills History #HGOAT

Are you ready to REMEMBER? Businesses we loved and lost in the Somerset Hills - Mr. Local History #HGOAT

Post Views: 2,957 What started out as a walk down memory lane turned into a really interesting story about the history of businesses we’ve lost in the Somerset Hills over the last 50 years. The memories that people keep about these businesses are truly exciting to capture. Growing up is so much more than just playing around. There’s these indelible marks on us all that we remember; bowling, getting ice cream, having a pizza, sitting at the lunch counter…..whatever. So The Mr. Local History Project went out and started a…

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Historic Preservation & Restoration In the Somerset Hills

Somerset Hills HIstoric Preservation - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 1,723 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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History of Affordable Housing Developments in Bernards Township

History of Housing Developments in Bernards Township = Mr Local History

Post Views: 2,261 Bernards Township has had a long history of being a sleepy rural town. Then AT&T came to town in the 70’s and everything started to change. Demand for housing increased as people from around the world started to choose Bernards Township as a place to raise their children. Starting in the 50’s the concept of cluster housing neighborhoods started in the famed Levittown, NY development which later led to our area’s infamous “The Hills” development complex. Let’s take a look back at the growth of housing complexes…

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Historic Fires in the Somerset Hills

Historic Fires in the Somerset Hills of northern Somerset County, New Jersey - Mr. Local History

Post Views: 2,919 While you’d think that hurricanes and floods wreak the most havoc, there has been nothing more destructive to properties in the Somerset Hills more than fires. The Mr. Local History Project is gathering information regarding large fires in the Somerset Hills area. Looking back at history, we’ve started digging to let the public understand how severe fires have devastated our community. Bernardston Charter Destroyed in 1850 Fire Basking Ridge – All township records before 1850 were destroyed in a fire. “It is in fact unfortunate that these…

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Grand Mansions and Historic Homes in the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 27,479 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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