Preserving Bernardsville’s History

Bernardsville History Keepsakes Mr Local History

Post Views: 93 The Mr. Local History Project (MLH) has been preserving and promoting local history in the Somerset Hills 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. Supporting Bernardsville’s history via our MLH keepsake project is in its early stages as we hope interest in Bernardsville’s history will be…

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Historic New Jersey Theaters Honored in Miniature Wooden Keepsake Collection

Rialto Artwork Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 160 Remembering classic movie theaters that not only showed first rate films, but anchored our towns and kept us full of memories. Three of the last remaining old-time, downtown movie theaters in New Jersey, each with over a century of service, the Mr. Local HIstory Project 501c non-profit honors the Cranford Theater, the Rialto Theater in Westfield, and the Bernardsville Cinema with three new wooden miniature keepsakes coming to the New Jersey Historic Village Collection this Spring 2021. The Mr. Local History Project celebrates three iconic New Jersey…

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Far Hills Race Meeting 100th Anniversary Collectible

Far Hills Race Meeting Mr Local History Keepsake - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 75 Celebrate the 100th running of the Hunt with this beautiful wooden hand painted collectible as part of the New Jersey Historic Village Cat’s Meow collection. Beautifully handcrafted wood, hand painted edges, and a beautifully hand painted rendering of the Far Hills Race scenery. The back side includes the history of the iconic event that began as the Farmers Race and became the Far Hills Race Meeting. Honor the 100th running with this limited edition keepsake. Our Historic Collectibles Sell Out Quickly – Check Availability How do I…

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Aviation Tragedy: Lieutenant Guy Kendrix Rudd

Post Views: 154 The Somerset Hills have seen its share of aviation accidents, minor and spectacular, over the years.  Fortunately, most have involved light aircraft with injuries rather than casualties as the result.  The early crashes, prior to WWII, tended to be military aircraft as private flying was not as common as it would become after the war.  One such accident, with an unusual local connection, occurred in the ‘Mountain Colony’ between Bernardsville and Mendham in the late morning of Sunday, December 11, 1932. Training Mission Gone Bad The New…

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Somerset Hills Rail Travel & Commuting Over the Years

Post Views: 222 Ever wonder what it was like to travel on a train back in 1872 in the Somerset Hills? Train service has always been a connector between the Somerset Hills, Hoboken and New York City. Service runs on what’s known as the Gladstone branch of the Morris & Essex Line of the New Jersey Transit system which started as early as 1872 between Bernardsville and Hoboken. Later sections were added reaching out to Peapack and Gladstone in the 1890s so the wealthy could travel to their estates. One…

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Honoring Black History Month in the Somerset Hills

Celebrating Black History Month in Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone in the Somerset HIlls - Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 181 NOTE: As with many Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our community. We will continue to expand this piece as information becomes available. Mr. Local History Project The Mr. Local History Project is often asked to dig into particular historic events, historic properties, and historic people. Every February the nation celebrates black history month so we wanted to do some digging, and crowdsource to the local communities to build on honoring the month with stories…

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The Annin’s of Liberty Corner: Patriots, Flag Company and a Middle School

William Annin - Annins Corner, Liberty Corner, William Annin Middle School Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 619 William Annin has a prominent place in the history of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Liberty Corner, and yes the William Annin Middle School. The Mr. Local History Project looks back at one of Liberty Corner’s founding families known worldwide for their manufacturing of “old glory” that have been placed around the world and even on the moon! The Patriots:John Johnston, known as John Annin from Annin’s Corner (Liberty Corner) John Johnston was born in Annandale, a district in southeastern Scotland named for the river Annan. The area…

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2021: Honoring Far Hills, New Jersey Centennial

Post Views: 257 NOTE: The Borough of Far Hills is planning for its 100th anniversary #farhills100, with Council President Karner and the mayor’s wife, Janis Vallone, spearheading “what will be a great community event on May 15,2021 with a parade and picnic for Far Hills residents.” The festivities will begin with a parade starting at the Far Hills Train Station, continuing down to Peapack Road and ending at the monument in front of our municipal building. Mayor Vallone will read a Proclamation commemorating this great event. A time capsule will…

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Three Most Historical Moments That Changed Basking Ridge & America

#3localhistoryeventchallenge - 3 Greatest Moments in Basking Ridge History

Post Views: 420 PREVIEW RELEASE – PUBLIC INPUT INVITED – While an editorial, this preview piece is a way to promote the three most important events in our towns history. Feel free to comment at the end of the story. On the internet, we’ve created the #3LOCALHISTORYEVENTCHALLENGE where you share your town’s three most historic events. As the historian for Bernards Township, representing Bernards Towns#hip and its four hamlets is a great honor and I’m always looking for ways to showcase local history to residents, neighbors, and friends that haven’t…

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Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow Village Collection is Expanding Across New Jersey with FIVE (5) New Additions.

The New Jersey History Village Collection by Cat's Meow

Post Views: 223 The MLH Project is proud to announce that the Somerset Hills Historic Village has joined the New Jersey Historic Village Collection as part of the world famous Cat’s Meow Wooden Keepsake Collection. The New Jersey Historic Village keepsake collection is a wood painted collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of New Jersey’s history. Each keepsake was selected based on community feedback and a voting process. Brooks Betz stated, “we’re really excited to see how the public reacts…

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Retrospective: Why Bernardsville was Called Vealtown

Vealtown also known as Bernardsville on 1814 Map

Post Views: 332 It’s an age old question. And the internet didn’t know the answer. So the Mr. Local History Project went digging. Why was Bernardsville once called Vealtown? Our research started with a post on social media because yes there are a lot of smart people out there. Next, we started digging into our vast archive of data, maps, stories, articles and reference material, knowing we’ve seen the term “Veal Town” before. Maps are always a great place to start. But why “VEAL”? What is veal anyway. First –…

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Vote for Bedminster’s Most Historic Icons

Post Views: 202 Hey Bedminster, we’d love your opinion. We’re looking to hear what the public think’s is the most historic icon in Bedminster. Vote in the Series:Know Bernardsville? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bernards Township? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bedminster? Vote for their most historic Click Here Loading…

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Vote for Bernards Township’s Most Historic Icons

What are Bernards Township's Most Historic Icons - Mr Local History Survey

Post Views: 273 Hey Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Lyons and West Millington, we’d love your opinion. What are Bernards Township’s most historic icons? We’d like to hear what you have to say. Curious what you think. Choose up to three. Vote in the Series:Know Bernardsville? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bernards Township? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bedminster? Vote for their most historic Click Here Loading…

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Vote for Bernardsville’s Most Historic Icons

What are Bernardsville's Most Historic Icons - Mr Local History Survey

Post Views: 316 Hey Bernardsville, we’d love your opinion. What are Bernardsville’s most historic icons? We’d like to hear what you have to say. Curious what you think. Choose up to three. Vote in the Series:Know Bernardsville? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bernards Township? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bedminster? Vote for their most historic Click Here Loading…

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Holiday Cards for Veterans -#cardsforvets

Lyons VA - Mr Local History Project Card for Vets Project

Post Views: 202 In a year filled with challenge and heartache the Mr. Local History brought a little holiday cheer by presenting their #cardsforvets, a program that connected the community with local veterans. Cards for Veterans were presented at the Lyons VA on Monday to spread a little cheer in a difficult time. It seems like a lifetime ago but it was only a year ago when children and their parents gathered at the Washington House in Basking Ridge and wrote out holiday cards for our veterans. Those cards were…

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