Most People Don’t Know The Meaning Behind These Town Names

Post Views: 109 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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2021 Year In Review – Our Top 10 Stories for the Year

The Mr Local History Project Trustees and Volunteers 2021

Post Views: 94 For your consideration…… Late December and early January are great times to reflect on the year passed and stories that presented themselves. The Mr. Local History Project looks back at the top 10 stories uncovered for 2021 based on reviews made by the editorial board. Don’t get us wrong, we love all of the stories that were researched or recommended by our readership. 2021 was also a growing year for the Mr. Local History Project as our trustees expanded along with our coverage. This year marked a…

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Retrospective: Snowstorms and Sledding in The Somerset Hills

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Post Views: 1,211 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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The Holiday History Boutique is Open

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Post Views: 339 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!’ Click…

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Peapack Ski Tow -Ski Areas We’ve Lost in New Jersey

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Post Views: 247 The Peapack Ski Tow was One of the First Ski Businesses in New Jersey At one time, New Jerseyans had their pick of a dozen or so smaller hills where beginners could get a feel for the sport and more experience skiers could sneak away for a few quick runs and still be home for dinner. Lift? who needs a lift when you have a ski tow. You know, the rope tied to a motor with a wooden dish to put between your legs to pull you…

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Thanksgiving Meet – Horses, Hounds and Foxes Before Turkeys – A Countryside Tradition

Post Views: 220 President George Washington proclaimed Nov. 26, 1789, the last Thursday of November that year, to be a “day of public thanksgiving.”   What is known as the “Gentry”, in New Jersey they held fox hunts on Thanksgiving Day. Fox hunts were not exclusive to the holiday — the horses and hounds trained all year long, and fox hunting was very much a fall sport. In Montclair, the Hunt Club had to pay property owners for any damage the horses and hounds did to their property.   It was practical…

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The Haunted Registry of the Somerset Hills

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Post Views: 1,488 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: 3,369 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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UPDATE: The New Jersey Historic Miniature Village Keepsake Collection

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

Post Views: 3,536 The MLH Project is proud to showcase New Jersey’s Ultimate wooden keepsake collection. 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 Mr. Local History Project…

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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: 836 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: 653 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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Horror in the Somerset Hills

Ghost Tales from the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 3,630 Ghosts, Murder, Nuns gone insane, the Devil and other horror stories from the Somerset Hills When the leaves start turning and the nights get cooler, ghost tales and horror stories take over the autumn camp fires. Volunteering with some friends, a list was gathered and presented during a few walking tours that were put together in Basking Ridge and for a haunted fright night at the local Ross Farm. ,There are great ghost stories all around the towns that make up the Somerset Hills. Are they true?…

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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: 1,445 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: 1,239 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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Retrospective: Artist, Filmmaker, Actor -The Hildebrandt from Gladstone

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Post Views: 1,704 The Brothers Hildebrandt – The creation of the original Star Wars Poster was just the tip of the iceberg. 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. Greg and Tim Hildebrandt better known to the illustration world as “The Brothers Hildebrandt” began their careers 1959. The Brothers have worked on documentary films and thousands of illustrations for text books, children’s books,…

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