Retrospective: Harry Dunham and His Park

Harry Dunham Park Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 368 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 As many Bernards Township residents know about the Harry Dunham Park, very few people know about Harry Dunham the man. Mr. Dunham was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and…

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The New Jersey Historic Miniature Village Keepsake Collection

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Post Views: 2,701 The MLH Project is proud to announce that the Somerset Hills Historic Village has joined forces with the New Jersey Historic Village 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 to the next additions to this historic series.” The…

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JOIN US: Walking Tour of Historic Basking Ridge Village

The Mr Local History Walking Tour of Basking Ridge Village

Post Views: 462 COVID-19 Protocols – The event is entirely OUTDOORS! We ask that if you are not vaccinated, have antibodies, or are at risk, please make sure to take appropriate personal precautions. The MLH Project will recommend pod social distancing. Join the Mr. Local History Project as we present our annual walking tour of the historic village of Basking Ridge; our annual fundraiser for our local high school scholarship. This approximately 1 hour tour tells the history of the architecture at specific locations as you walk the streets of…

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Free Map Gift

Beers 1873 Map Mr Local History Free Map Offer

Post Views: 320 Make a Tax Deductible Donation – Get a Frameable Map Finding New Ways to Share Local History.We call it “Maps for a Cause” supporting Our Annual Scholarship Fund The Mr. Local History Project continues its mission to get history in the hands, and on the walls, of our local residents. So we have an offer for everyone. You send us a tax deductible donation, and we’ll send you a custom created historic rendering of an iconic 1873 map. While we had hoped to do this in person…

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Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow Village Collection has Joined the New Jersey Historic Village Miniatures Collection

The New Jersey History Village Collection by Cat's Meow

Post Views: 395 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 to the next additions to this historic series.” The Mr. Local History Project plans to introduce at least seven new keepsakes in 2021. Simply sign up to receive updates when the new…

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Somerset Hills Rail Travel & Commuting Over the Years

Post Views: 301 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: 275 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: 789 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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Three Most Historic Moments That Changed Basking Ridge & America

#3localhistoryeventchallenge - 3 Greatest Moments in Basking Ridge History

Post Views: 551 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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Retrospective: Why Bernardsville was Called Vealtown

Vealtown also known as Bernardsville on 1814 Map

Post Views: 481 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 Bernards Township’s Most Historic Icons

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

Post Views: 345 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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Holiday Cards for Veterans -#cardsforvets

Lyons VA - Mr Local History Project Card for Vets Project

Post Views: 299 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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Reflection: Basking Ridge Christmas Eve Community Sing

Post Views: 6,876 The Basking Ridge Christmas Eve Sing went VIRTUAL for the first time in 97 years. The Annual Christmas Eve Community Caroling on the Village Green in Basking Ridge was produced and broadcast to the world virtually on December 24, 2020 for the first time due to the Corona virus public gathering restrictions. The History of the Christmas Eve Sing Every year on December 24th for 97 years starting promptly at 7pm on what’s known as “The Green”, residents, families, friends, and guests in Basking Ridge, New Jersey…

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Harry Robinson – A Look at His Wooden Sculptures around Somerset Hills

Harry Robinson Sculptor - Bernardsville Mr. Local History

Post Views: 475 Based at his home studio in Bernardsville, a structural engineer by profession sat Harry Robinson, an artist sculptor who changed the landscapes of outdoor spaces all across the county. A former zeppelin pilot in the Air Force and Maplewood, New Jersey transplant, Robinson had a gift, it just took him a while to recognize that sculpting would be his artistic legacy. We look back at his work and remember the history he left behind. Over 23 years Harry created over 50 statues and was the only artist…

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Come Make a Wish: Community Wish Tree for the Holiday Season

Basking Ridge Community Wish Tree - Mr Local History

Post Views: 516 COMMUNITY PROJECT – 2020 just keeps on giving. Our team was looking to create a great community tree for the 2020 Festival of Trees over at the Environmental Community Center in Basking Ridge – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID! We have an idea, but need your support. We would have used our artificial tree but it only is for indoor use. This has to go outdoors. So we promise to purchase one right across the street at Bishop Janes. We have chosen local business Gerald York Opticians to…

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