Holiday Boutique – Shop Local History

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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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Far Hills Race Meeting 100th Anniversary Collectible

Far Hills Race Meeting Mr Local History Keepsake - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 546 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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The New Jersey Historic Miniature Village Keepsake Collection

Local History Wooden Collectibles - Cats Meow Village - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 3,373 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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2021: Honoring Far Hills, New Jersey Centennial

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Post Views: 931 NOTE: The Borough of Far Hills celebrates its 100th anniversary #farhills100, 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.” Due to COVID the Town will have only a small 10 a.m. ceremony outside borough hall after plans for a parade and a community-wide picnic at the Fairgrounds had to be dropped. The festivities were to begin with a parade starting at the Far Hills…

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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: 765 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: 570 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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Retrospective: J. Malcolm Belcher & The Far Hills Fairgrounds – Home to the VNA Rummage Sale

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

Post Views: 1,352 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: 1,121 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: 1,648 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 Gilded Age: Natirar Estate in Peapack/Far Hills, New Jersey

Natirar Estate Peapack - Mr Local History

Post Views: 3,090 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: 3,152 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. In 1701, East and West Jersey’s 4th Governor Col. Andrew Hamilton and Proprietors wanted to settle the East Jersey province…

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History of the Far Hills Race Meeting

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Post Views: 4,216 The Mr. Local History Project congratulates the Far Hills Race for meeting a century mark in 2021. 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 third Saturday in October, the horses come back to Far Hills for the exciting…

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History of the US Golf Association Headquarters and Museum

USGA Headquarters and Museum - Bernards Township NJ

Post Views: 3,250 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: 6,737 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. Best Food Best Bread: Biagios’  (Stirling) Best Meat/Butcher: Green Village Packing Company (Green Village) Best Bagels: Bagels 4 – U (Fat Bagels) (Bernardsville), Bagel Bin (Thinner ) – (Bernardsville) Best Pizza:  Lennys (Bernardsville), Venetos (Basking Ridge),…

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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: 7,512 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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