Basking Ridge Christmas Eve Community Sing 2021 “on the Green” IS BACK

Post Views: 8,174 Live and in Person – On the Green in Basking Ridge Village – Dec. 24 7pm Every year on December 24th for 98 years starting promptly at 7pm on what’s known as “The Green”, residents, families, friends, and guests in Basking Ridge, New Jersey gather for less than 20 minutes to sing Christmas carols, wish good tidings, then move on to their personal family traditions. Church bells begin ringing at about 6:45pm. 10 songs are sung and the caroling ends at approximately 7:25pm again with a round…

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Thanksgiving Meet – Horses, Hounds and Foxes Before Turkeys – A Countryside Tradition

Post Views: 115 President George Washington proclaimed Nov. 26, 1789, the last Thursday of November that year, to be a “day of public thanksgiving.”   What is known as the “Gentry”, in New Jersey they held fox hunts on Thanksgiving Day. Fox hunts were not exclusive to the holiday — the horses and hounds trained all year long, and fox hunting was very much a fall sport. In Montclair, the Hunt Club had to pay property owners for any damage the horses and hounds did to their property.   It was practical…

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Holiday Boutique – Shop Local History

Shop Mr Local History NJ HIstory

Post Views: 186 The 2021 edition of the Mr Local History Holiday Boutique is OPEN. Give the gift of locally made limited edition keepsakes and collectibles to give or to decorate your home. Your purchases go towards funding our annual scholarship fund and to support the great programs we provide to the community each year. As always – Support local! Shop Local. Support the Mr. Local History non-profit efforts with a gift of “Local.” All the items below are limited edition and when they sell out they are gone!’ See…

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Family Fun and Tree Lighting Dec. 4, 2021

Post Views: 77 Join friends and family with the Mr. Local History families for an afternoon that will put you in the holiday spirit. It’s the 7th Annual Winter Market and Tree Lighting in the Basking Ridge village. The entire event runs from 12-7pm but our fun runs from 4pm on the front steps of Ridge Family Dentistry, just off the green in Basking Ridge Village. Bring the kids. Call it a pre-tree light-up festive friends gathering. We have crafts and gifts too! Saturday, December 4, 2021 4pmRidge Family Dentistry…

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The Haunted Registry of the Somerset Hills

Haunted Takes From the Somerset Hills - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,384 Believe it or not, the dead is alive in in the blue hills of Somerset in northern Somerset County. The question is not whether they are real or not, but more like are they disturbing or friendly. The Mr. Local History Project is looking for the public to share their paranormal experiences. Know the Tales? Take the Survey Loading… Phyllis Parker Ghost – Bernardsville Phyllis, the daughter of John Parker, at the Parker Tavern (Old Library) in Bernardsville. She commits suicide after finding her lover was hung…

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Bernards Township & Bernardsville Honor Veterans and The Fallen

Bernards Township Honors our local veterans - Mr Local History

Post Views: 2,170 Each Memorial Day and Veterans Day Bernards Township and Bernardsville honors our military veterans with a banner salute around the Bernards Township Municipal building and in downtown Bernardsville area. The banners usually stay up between the two holidays and grace our townships with honor and sacrifice and a true sense of what these people mean to our community and our country. 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…

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The Race of Gentlemen – Pure History Right in Front of Your Eyes

TROG 2021 Wildwood NJ - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 406 Known as The Race of Gentlemen, the event has been a resurrected event dating back to the 50s by a local club called the Oilers of New Jersey. For one weekend in early October, racers, gassers, and fans gather on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey for one of only two instances of beach racing in the United States. The Mr. Local History Project takes a look at this iconic event and its history. Tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and one of America’s most popular boardwalks, the…

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Lord Stirling- 1770s Festival – Sun Oct. 3, 2021

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

Post Views: 2,725 Is William Alexander Basking Ridge’s Most Famous Resident? 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…

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Join Mr. Local History for Somerset County’s History Weekend Oct 9-10, 2021

Join the Mr. Local History Project for History Weekend

Post Views: 168 Join Mr. Local History as we partner with Somerset County’s Boudinot Southard Ross Farm in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The 16th Annual Journey Through the Past is October 9th and 10th, 2021 – ALL FREE Somerset County’s annual Journey Through The Past is an initiative of the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners and the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission in collaboration with many county-wide local historical organizations and commissions and other county organizations. Special displays, free historic local maps, and the entire New Jersey Historic…

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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: 545 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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Our People & Their Stories #911neverforget

The family we lost on 9/11

Post Views: 2,904 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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Is it Bernard or Bernards? Hummm

Bernard or Bernards - Which is it

Post Views: 495 The Mr. Local History project often digs into multiple archives looking for evidence of the areas collective past. But this one got us scratching our heads. There is no doubt that Bernards Township is named after Sir Francis Bernard. But is the town name really Bernard or Bernards? Could someone have added an “S” to Sir Francis’ surname? Where did the S come from? First Notice Our first instance takes us back to 1873 to the go-to F.W. Beers 1873 map collection of Somerset County, New Jersey.…

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Retrospective: Bernardsville’s Historic Somerset Inn (Hotel)

The Historic Somerset Hills Inn on Bernardsville Mountain

Post Views: 933 People often wonder how people come to populate an area and how it develops. In Somerset County, the first settlers came for the fertile land from Scotland and the Netherlands. But then something happened. Mining speculators started to show up on the Bernardsville Mountain during the American revolution and the landscape started to change. The Mr. Local History Project takes a look back and what changed the mountain and surrounding area forever. As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn…

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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: 1,259 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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