Basking Ridge’s Isaacman #Inspiration4 – Live Splashdown Today

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: 1,737 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 Have a Watch Party AND Make a DonationWatch it Right Here Saturday, September 18,2021 Live Update: DAY 3 of 3 Yes, a billionaire Basking Ridge High dropout is…

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Lord Stirling- Is William Alexander Basking Ridge’s Most Famous Resident?

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

Post Views: 2,355 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 look. Alexander Early Days William Alexander (1726 –…

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Our People & Their Stories #911neverforget

The family we lost on 9/11

Post Views: 2,436 Special Ask from the MLH Project: MLH would love to know any positive outcomes that have come since. If you have a story to share, please post at the end of this story (e.g. did you know four children were born after the tragedy? True. 2019, 2020 and 2021 were big high school and college graduations for many of the 44 children as well. Contact us with any information. Mr. Local History Project On this anniversary, starting at 8:46am on September 11, 2001, when the first plane…

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The Largest Antique Truck Collection in the World is in Basking Ridge

Mahan Truck Collection - Basking Ridge - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 1,046 You wouldn’t think, but in a quiet suburb of New York City, a man has amassed what is often referred to as the largest collection of Mack and antique trucks in the world. We introduce you to the Mahan Foundation of Basking Ridge. 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…

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Bedminster History – Look To the Old Mellick Farmhouses

Post Views: 11,716 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

Washington Campground Flag Mr Local History

Post Views: 450 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: 435 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: 892 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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Pari Mandalapu Chosen 2021 Ridge High School Mr Local History Scholarship Winner

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Post Views: 725 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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T-SHIRT OFFER: Jersey Signers of the Declaration of Independence

It's All About Jersey History this 4th of July

Post Views: 534 Order now to show your pride in the Jerseyans that signed the Declaration of Independence. White ONLY 100% lightweight, pre-shrunk cotton Sizes Remaining – Lg, XL, 2XL SHIP VIA USPS STARTING JUNE 30, 2021 Order via our Etsy Boutique – CLICK HERE

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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: 473 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: 523 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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Retrospective: Westfield’s Excellent Diner – A Lost (and Found) Jersey Treasure

Excellent Diner Westfield 1970s

Post Views: 1,244 Or maybe we need to say: Give everyone the Disneyland Paris Café des Cascadeurs (Stuntman’s) diner update? #disneylandparisdiner 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 bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project Here’s a story about the birth, death, and resurrections…

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Retrospective: Franklin Corners Historic District and William Childs Willmere Farm Williamsburg-esqe Village

Franklin Corners District Art Brooks Betz

Post Views: 671 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 bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project Tucked in at the northernmost section of Bernards Township, New Jersey along the Passiac River lies a small historic district that if you drive through it you’ll…

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Bernards Township & Bernardsville Honor Fallen Soldiers and Veterans

Bernards Township Honors our local veterans - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,945 On Memorial Day and Veterans Day Bernards Township honors our military with a banner salute around the Bernards Township Municipal building and town hall. Special thanks to the Bernards Township Veteran’s Appreciation Task Force under the direction of Mayor James Baldassare who have been working on the project since early January 2020. Please take a moment to remember those who have served to preserve our freedoms and our way of life. Historic Photos – Somerset Hills I want to thank our Veterans Appreciation Task Force headed by…

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