Bernards Township & Bernardsville Honor Veterans and The Fallen

Bernards Township Honors our local veterans - Mr Local History

Post Views: 2,589 UPDATE: There is a Go Fund Me Campaign called “Buy A Veteran a Burger” that will feed vets on the Lyons VA campus this Memorial Day weekend. 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…

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Fundraiser Offers Exclusive Bernards Township Flag- Honors Bernards Township Day

Post Views: 688 For the first time in 62 years, an original Bernards Township flag by the Annin Flag Company is available as a fundraiser May 24th is Bernards Township Day – the inaugural celebration where you can share your pride in the community or provide a small community service a give back. This fundraiser offers a large Bernards Township exclusive flag produced by the Annin Flag Company allowing residents to honor Bernards Township. Now is your chance own a piece of our history with the the flag designed by…

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Retrospective: The Siblings of a 619 Year Oak Tree

Bernards Township Oak Tree Legacy - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 198 On the 5th anniversary of Basking Ridge, New Jersey losing its 619 year oak tree, the Mr. Local History Project has written a story of hope, commitment, honor, history, and township pride. Yes people, there are children of the mighty oak that Basking Ridge residents lost in 2017. As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, updates are made to this post when we learn additional information. We will continue to expand this post as information becomes available. Mr. Local History Research Team “As people of faith, we’re aware…

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Meet (Sir) Francis Bernard Esq. – New Jersey’s Royal Governor

New Jersey's Governor Francis Bernard 1758-1760 - Mr. Local History

Post Views: 255 Our curiousity started with a round table discussion: who is Francis Bernard and should there be a statue of Sir Francis Bernard to recognize his service to New Jersey? Read the story and tell us what you think at the end. It is almost as though the Francis Bernard who governed Massachusetts shortly before the Revolution and the well-liked Bernard who led New Jersey during the French and Indian War were different men. Bernard had arrived in New Jersey at the age of forty-five and had waged…

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The Besties – The Best of the Best in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster in Northern Somerset County

The Besties Mr Local History

Post Views: 7,418 Bedminster, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone also known as The Somerset Hills. It’s time for a real discussion on where to get the best things based on what the LOCALS say! Don’t agree? Post what you think is is best. And if we couldn’t find local, we gave best option. Also check out the Facebook Group – Jersey’s Epic Comfort Food group discussion. Best Food Best Bread: Biagios’  (Stirling) Best Meat/Butcher: Green Village Packing Company (Green Village) Best Bagels: Tie: O’Bagel and Bagels 4 – U…

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Baseball’s Bobby Thomson’s 1951 ‘Shot Heard Round the World’ Had Ties to Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Post Views: 496 Many people know of the 1951 Shot Heard Round the World by a man named Bobby Thomson. No other play by play call in baseball history has ever come close to raising the hairs on the back of your neck then that call. But what many many don’t know is that Bobby Thomson, the Giant slugger that won the pennant with that single swing, also lived in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Articles over the years have stated that yes Thomson lived in Staten Island and in Watchung…

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2022 Historic Basking Ridge Village Walking Tour Scholarship Fundraiser

A few of our fantastic hosts and docents for the Basking Ridge walking tour.

Post Views: 397 Book Your Spot Today. UPDATE: Friday, May 13 We are a go for Saturday. Chance of showers. Warm (yay). Maybe bring a small umbrella just in case. Only a few tickets for our only tour this year of the Historic Basking Ridge Village! Tell your friends! Tell a friend. bring a guest. Make it a girls afternoon out! it’s a high school scholarship fundraiser! A GREAT LOCAL TOUR! Join the Mr. Local History Project as we present our annual walking tour of the historic village of Basking…

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The Historic Sand Pit in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Post Views: 772 The lore of Basking Ridge’s Sand Pit – The History NOTE: STILL LOOKING FOR ANY PHOTOS!!!! 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 expand this piece as information becomes available. The story is expanding as we learn more about the family. Mr. Local History Project It’s been talked about over the years in hushed circles down at Brush’s deli. It’s been talked about as a racing playground, a…

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The Bernardsville Basking Ridge Speedway of 1907

Post Views: 384 PREVIEW READ: Mr. Local History took a ride down Washington Avenue in Bernardsville & Basking Ridge as we uncovered a story that we wanted to check out. Now if you know Washington Avenue and Washington Street, it’s really known as being a cut through for locals to avoid traffic at the center of Basking Ridge. As you drive the street, you see the cemetery and the Basking Ridge Fire Department, past Depot Place and a 287 crossing. Heading towards Bernardsville you continue past the cemetery at St.…

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A Real Liberty Pole in Liberty Corner, New Jersey

Post Views: 274 PREVIEW RELEASE POST: New Jersey has a rich history way before the founding as a country. As one of the original 13 colonies, New Jersey has often been called the “Cockpit of the American Revolution” based on all of the events that took place in New Jersey during the revolutionary war. Before the war, a small area in Bernards Township was noted as Annin’s Corner. The war changed all that and after the Annin’s and many separatists supported, the town name was renamed “Liberty Corner”. At the…

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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: 1,207 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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Somerset Hills Rail Travel & Commuting Over the Last 150 Years

Post Views: 1,192 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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Most People Don’t Know The Meaning Behind These Town Names

Post Views: 604 The Mr. Local History Project took a moment out to answer a very simple set of questions of which we’ve learned many people just didn’t know the correct answer. The Somerset Hills is an area of northern Somerset County, New Jersey, named after Somerset in England. But do you know the origins of each of the towns in the Somerset Hills? How about the difference between Bernards Township and Basking Ridge? Is Bernardsville and Bernards Township pronounced the same? We try to answer all of these questions.…

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Retrospective: Snowstorms and Sledding in The Somerset Hills

Snowstorm and Sledding Somerset Hills - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 1,515 Snow is an interesting thing. Some love it. Some hate it. But when there’s a major storm in the area there’s the battle between getting a snow day, and whether to play in it or dread dread removing it. Update: 2/1/2020 – The record books had a close call Monday the First of February. Official totals: Basking Ridge 19.5 inches, Bedminster: 19.7 inches. 10th largest snowfall on record. Snowstorm Slideshow If you live in the area and would like to share an image, or story, feel free…

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Retrospective: Somerset Hills Cartographer John Smith Showcases Local History

Somerset Hills Country Club History Map - John Charles Smith Mr Local History

Post Views: 597 National award winning landscape architect lives and breathes history with his map creations. The Mr. Local History Project introduces you to a dear friend and history connoisseur that has taken cartography to a whole new level overlaying history on top of mapmaking producing beautiful poster sized objects disguised as art. Meet John Charles Smith and his maps of the Somerset Hills. The Somerset Hills is a northern section of Somerset County, New Jersey. Known by friends and locals as the the John Smith maps, the maps are…

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