2021: Honoring Far Hills, New Jersey Centennial

Post Views: 120 NOTE: The Borough of Far Hills is planning for its 100th anniversary, 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 also…

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Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow Village Collection is Expanding Across New Jersey

Somerset Hills Historic Cat's Meow Village Wooden Collectibles exclusively at the Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 43 The MLH Project is proud to announce that the Somerset Hills Historic Village is Joining 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: J. Malcolm Belcher & The Far Hills Fairgrounds

The Field at the Far Hills Fairgrounds is named after J. Belcher of Far Hills

Post Views: 643 Many people may not know that the 12 acre pocket of land on the corner of Main Street and Peapack Gladstone Road has served as the crossroads of Far Hills going back farther than the towns formation in 1921. The Borough of Far Hills is home to the J. Malcolm Belcher Fairgrounds. This park setting is host to numerous events such as the VNA Rummage Sale which occurs bi-annually, the Annual Spring Egg Hunt, there are basketball courts and a swing set for children of all ages,…

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MLH Honors Back to School with Historic School Images From the Somerset Hills

Liberty Corner School in Bernards Township was founded in 1905. Liberty Corner School, located in the Liberty Corner Section of Bernards Township was built in 1905 for a farming community. It is a nationally recognized landmark registered with the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest school in the district.

Post Views: 432 Schools in the Somerset Hills area of northern Somerset County have been a mainstay back to the mid-1700s. We honor the history of these memorable facilities in images from various sources now in our digital research archives. For the 2020-2021 school children in the area are finally going back to school in with unique guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But have faith, this look back at our history tells us we will survive, and our children will thrive once again. NOTE:As with all Mr. Local History…

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Reflection: Ice Cream around Somerset Hills

Think back to simple times. Grab an ice cream and forget about EVERYTHING!

Post Views: 593 July is national ice cream month, so it’s time for Mr. Local History’s look back at the history, the good fun (and some “good humor”). NOTE: 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. Mr. Local History Project The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland’s Governor…

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The Somerset Hill Historic Cat’s Meow Village Keepsake Collection

Somerset Hills Historic Cat's Meow Village Wooden Collectibles exclusively at the Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 2,395 The Somerset Hills Historic Village is part of the World Famous Cat’s Meow Wooden Keepsake Collectibles The Somerset Hills 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 the Somerset Hills community. 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 potential addition to this historic series. Additional keepsakes will be added to…

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The Gilded Age: Natirar Estate in Peapack/Far Hills, New Jersey

Natirar Estate Peapack - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,807 UPDATE: June 12, 2020 – The Mr. Local History Project is SOOOO excited to introduce the expansion of our Historic Somerset Hills Cat’s Meow Village, the Natirar Estate in Peapack and Far Hills, New Jersey. Only a limited number will be produced. Interested in participating in a MLH tour? If interested, join our email list and we’ll let you know if we can get one put together. The Gilded Age: Natirar Estate in Peapack/Far Hills, New Jersey Catherine “Kate” Macy and Walter Graeme Ladd began acquiring property…

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The Founding Families of Bernards Township (Basking Ridge)

Trading $50 for Basking Ridge

Post Views: 2,110 NOTE: Remember that Far Hills and Bernardsville were part of Bernards Township until the 1920 so these names do cover those areas as well History showcases some of the greatest reminders of where we came from. Many people new to the area don’t know the deep history in the area ties back to some of the originating families that chose this area back in the early 1700s. As many know, the area was purchased by John Harrison, agent of King James III of England in 1717, from…

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History of the Far Hills Race Meeting

The Far Hills Race meeting is one of the most historic well attended event in New Jersey. Let's look at its history.

Post Views: 2,983 The Mr. Local History Project builds on MLH Project research to bring you a great look at an event that will reach a century mark in 2020. What’s in a name? Some call it the Steeplechase, some the Far Hills Race Meeting, and some prefer to call it simply ‘The Hunt‘. Whichever name you choose, you’re all partially correct. While the name is officially called the Far Hills Race Meeting, hosted by the Far Hills Race Meeting Association (FHRMA), every year, on the last Saturday of October,…

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History of the US Golf Association Headquarters and Museum

USGA Headquarters and Museum - Bernards Township NJ

Post Views: 2,585 September 17, 2020 MLH UPDATE: OK, now the story is getting better! The administrative building and the golf museum here, known as Golf House, will remain intact, Janeen Driscoll, USGA director of brand communications, said. The USGA’s The CEO and the majority of its executive team are expected to remain in New Jersey, Driscoll said. The main change will be the closing of the site’s 36-year-old equipment testing center, where golf balls and clubs are tested for conformance to the rules of golf. About 50 full-time USGA…

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

Mr Local History Archives - The Best of the Best food entertainment and tidbits in Bedminster, Bernardsville and Basking Ridge. #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 5,676 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. The premise is simple…. if you were going to recommend to your best friend where to go, who to use, what would it be? If you have a better one, tell Mr. Local History – Click…

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Finding the Truth About the KKK in Basking Ridge & the Somerset Hills

KKK in Basking Ridge - Mr Local History

Post Views: 6,002 NOTE: 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. History is a strange thing. The myth often outweighs the truth in many cases sometimes distorting the truth just to make a better story. Sometimes it’s like the game where you whisper something to someone, then they whisper to the next and by the tenth person hears the whisper, the story is totally…

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Taking Jacobs Ladder to the Devils Tomb (Grave)

Mr. Local History Archives - Jacobs Ladder

Post Views: 10,263 Devils Tomb & Jacobs Ladder –Look what happened when Weird NJ Issue #12 came out. A place that sits quietly in obscurity for hundreds of years comes to anabrupt end when overzealous devil seekers search to find the devil himself. Thanks to Weird NJ issue 12, I’ve always found it interesting how gore and ghosts have always lured people into learning history. The problem when you link history to ghosts, the history sometimes gets stretched, or even down right exploited.For fun, since the article is now out…

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Historic Mansion Goes to Auction

Post Views: 31,863 The Founder of Far Hills Estate Hits the Auction Block Go back to 1917 – Grant Schley dies, and son Evander B. (known as Van / 1883-1952) takes ownership of Froh Heim, tears it down, and builds a new spanish styled Froh Heim. The year before The New Jersey Hunt Cup moves to Grant Schley’s Froh-Heim Estate in what was then called Bernards. (Today it is Far Hills/Bedminster). The New Jersey Hunt Cup race still remains on the Far Hills Race Meeting’s race card today at the…

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