The Founding Families of Basking Ridge

Trading $50 for Basking Ridge

Post Views: 1,004 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. As many know, the area was purchased by John Harrison, agent of King James III of England in 1717, from Chief Nowenoik of the Lenapes, a real estate package of 3,000 acres for $50.  We honor those who founded this community on the Ridge.…

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History Dig: The Army Hospital was in Basking Ridge and NOT Jockey Hollow

The Winter Encampment at Morristown has a historic twist. The army hospital was in Basking Ridge. Read the story.

Post Views: 951 NOTE: While I sit in the house under self distancing work from home for the Coronavirus, we take a look back at a hospital in Basking Ridge, New Jersey that very few people knew. And the amazing part is not that I knew there was a hospital in Basking Ridge, I was shocked to learn that there never was a hospital in Jockey Hollow. Brooks Betz, Historian – Mr. Local History Project The 1779-1780 Winter Encampment at Jockey HollowThe Story of the Hospital at Basking Ridge Weather…

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Art and History – Looking for Artists Who Love History

The Mr. Local History Art Initiative

Post Views: 501 The Mr. Local History Project is launching a new program to preserve our local history. We are also looking for art teachers to consider a program where an entire art class works to create their own collection. Take a look and if you’re interested, drop us a line and we can connect to discuss. Sign Up to Participate!

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REFLECTION: Somerset Hills Farms, Orchards, Dairies, Stables & Landmarks

Farming was everything in the Somerset Hills - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 400 The Mr. Local History Project has begun an effort to create a list of key agricultural, lifestock, equine, and fruit farms in the Somerset Hills area of Bedminster, Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone. A number of researchers are building the list along with details to share with the public. While the bucolic Somerset Hills remained the treasure of western New Jersey, once the railroad started in the 1870’s, farming shifted to estates. Mostly in Bernardsville and Bedminster, Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, parts…

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J. Geils Was From Bedminster -Cut his Chops at Bernards High

J Geils from Bedminster NJ and went to Bernards High

Post Views: 1,147 The J. Geils Band was an American rock band formed in 1968, in Worcester, Massachusetts while John Geils was attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Under the leadership of guitarist John “J.” Geils. But did you know that it all started when John was living in Bedminster and attended Bernards High School in Bernardsville. Let’s take a look. John (Jay) Warren Geils, Jr. was born on February 20, 1946, in New York City to John Warren “Jay” Geils and Carolyn K. “Lynne” Wolff. His family was living in Morris…

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Looking Back – Werring Chevrolet-Olds in Basking Ridge

Werring Chevrolet Basking Ridge 1957

Post Views: 692 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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100th Anniversary Honors Women’s Right to Vote in New Jersey

19th amendment - Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 581 In recognition of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., and the ratification of the 19th amendment guaranteeing all American women the right to vote, the Mr Local History project recognizes this great accomplishment in American History. The U.S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment guaranteeing all American women the right to vote in June 4, 1919, and the resolution states on Feb. 9, 1920, New Jersey became the 29th state to ratify the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Many don’t know that the 19th amendment…

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They Stayed In Basking Ridge

The famous people who came to Basking Ridge - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 1,022 In a sleepy little section in the northern end of Bernards Township lies the Olde Mill Inn. Once just a small restaurant and former grain house barn, it has become a quiet getaway for Hollywood elite and social royalty. As you walk into the Olde Mill Inn lobby, take a quick turn to the left for a glimpse of history mounted on the wall. The statement is simple: these people chose to visit where you live for any number of reasons. From Martin Sheen to Howard Stern,…

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Artwork and Local History

Post Views: 663 Capturing History in the Somerset Hills with Art The Mr. Local History Project has launched a new program to honor artists that celebrate our local history with art. NOTE: On your phone just swipe right or left. On desktop, put mouse on image to stop. There are arrows in mid-section of art on edges to go backwards or forwards. Mouse off should move art automatically. Documenting history sometimes comes in unique ways. As we’ve been studying history in the Somerset Hills you often visit the sites and…

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Bernards Township Origins

Bernards Township Asian Community Research - Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 650 Bernards Township has been a charted township going all the way back to 1760. With the early Dutch and Scottish settlers, the origin of the area belongs to the famed Lenni-Lenape Native American tribe.But what about the other cultures in the area. We’re on a mission to find out and would love to engage the community. Demographic Highlights Researching Diversity We are honoring those in our neighborhood who have identified themselves as Asian according to the census. Statistics have shown that the Asian American community (including India…

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Mr. Local History Builds Wikipedia Page

Visit the Somerset Hills Wikipedia page today - Click Here

Post Views: 367 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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Mr. Local History Magazine Releases Vol 2. Issue 1

The Mr. Local History Magazine kicks off the new decade with a full packed free edition of our Mr. Local History Magazine. ALL FREE. Enjoy

Post Views: 695 We call this the “2020 Welcome to the New Decade” Winter Edition It may be winter and for some strange reason it’s almost 70 degrees outside today. So after a nice long walk we came back in and designed our first edition of the new decade. It’s been a busy few months as we got through the holidays, yet had time to dig into the life of Bishop Janes, a Bernardsville and Basking Ridge resident that could be named “the father of the Bville Mountain. Learn why…

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Lord Stirling’s Rev War Beacon Signal Towers

Signal beacons of the Continental Army -Created by Major General Stirling of Basking Ridge

Post Views: 1,017 The Continental Army and General Lord Stirling of Basking Ridge took a page out of the history books creating a sophisticated communications network to highlight British movement You never know what you’re going to find regarding history in the Somerset Hills area of northern Somerset County, New Jersey, but we have another great story of the American revolution and its ties to Basking Ridge, New Jersey. For those who don’t know General William Alexander, also known as Lord Stirling of Basking Ridge, New Jersey he is the…

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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: 1,090 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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Our Heart and Soul

Mr. Local History Supporters

Post Views: 481 There is nothing more inspiring then those who support our cause and efforts with a donation. We know there are so many great places to put your dollars, so we make it our #1 priority to make sure that we do the most with your donations. 100% Goes to the Community 100% of your donation goes towards preserving & promoting local history in the Somerset Hills. Our second mission is to offer a scholarship to a recognized high school senior who promotes history in our community. So…

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