Bernards Township & Bernardsville Honor Veterans and The Fallen

Bernards Township Honors our local veterans - Mr Local History

Post Views: 2,762 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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Meet (Sir) Francis Bernard Esq. – New Jersey’s Royal Governor

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

Post Views: 338 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: 7,531 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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History Matters to Downtown Bernardsville

The Mr Local History Project joins Downtown Bernardsville Efforts

Post Views: 354 We are very happy to announce our partnership support to the Downtown Bernardsville revitalization effort in New Jersey and hope that everyone who lives in the area, read the story and then volunteer to support this fantastic local effort to preserve and promote Downtown Bernardsville. Mr. Local History Project If you talk about researching local history in Bernardsville you have to go directly to the Spinning History Room at the Bernardsville Library. When you talk about historic buildings in Bernardsville, you go to the Bernardsville Historic Preservation…

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The Bernardsville Basking Ridge Speedway of 1907

Post Views: 423 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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Meandering The History of Bernardsville’s Mine Brook

Post Views: 412 Retrospective: 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 post at the bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project Most people in Bernardsville go about their business every day never really wondering what it may have been like when Bernardsville was still part of Bernards…

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Somerset Hills Rail Travel & Commuting Over the Last 150 Years

Post Views: 1,260 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: 682 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: 1,589 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: 704 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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The Haunted Registry of the Somerset Hills

Haunted Takes From the Somerset Hills - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,760 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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Our People & Their Stories #911neverforget

The family we lost on 9/11

Post Views: 3,957 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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Retrospective: Bernardsville’s Historic Somerset Inn (Hotel)

The Historic Somerset Hills Inn on Bernardsville Mountain

Post Views: 1,380 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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Scholarship Donation – Our Gift

Beers 1873 Map Mr Local History Free Map Offer

Post Views: 1,483 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 Ridge and Bernards High Scholarship Funds 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…

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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: 1,157 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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