Horror in the Somerset Hills

Ghost Tales from the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 2,295 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

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

Post Views: 251 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. 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…

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Our People & Their Stories #911neverforget

The family we lost on 9/11

Post Views: 348 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 and 2020 were big high school 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 hit the north…

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

Liberty Corner School c1905 - oldest continuous school in the district

Post Views: 151 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. 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…

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Retrospective: Artist, Filmmaker, Actor -The Hildebrandt’s of Gladstone

Star Wars Hildebrandt Somerset Hills - Mr Local History header

Post Views: 382 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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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: 2,046 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, New Jersey

Natirar Estate Peapack - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,211 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, 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, New Jersey Catherine “Kate” Macy and Walter Graeme Ladd began acquiring property in the Somerset hills…

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Weddings @ Historic Venues in the Bucolic Somerset Hills, New Jersey

Historic Wedding Venues - Mr Local History

Post Views: 985 Many people have written over the years looking for places to hold a wedding on a historic property in the Somerset Hills. The area includes Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. So we’ve been given our mission and started our research. If you know of a historic property that offers the availability to rent out their venue, we’d love to hear from you. Historic Properties you can rent for a wedding: The Old Mill Inn – Bernards Township (Basking Ridge), New Jersey – Click…

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Somerset Hills Historic Sites on the National & State Registers

Part of the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 1,987 Tucked in the northern section of Somerset County, New Jersey, the area known as the Somerset Hills has a rich history that Mr. Local History is proud to document. Each property was researched prior to submitting documentation to the state historic register. IF it meets the criteria, it then can be nominated to the National Registry of Historic Places. Take a look at the great historic landmarks of our hometown area. Bedminster, New Jersey Historic Sites McDonalds/Kline’s Mills, Klines Mill Road (1) Bedminster Township, New Jersey A…

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Blairsden- The Horror, The Nuns and Other Tales

Peapack Gladstone's Blairsden Estate - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 29,750 Weird New Jersey Launches an all out attack on the horrible tales of what went wrong inside the Blairsden Estate in Peapack, New Jersey. This article originally was posted on another site back in 2007. We thought it was time to bring it back and provide additional details since the original article was published. Before we get started, you have to read how the Blairsden Horror Phenomenon took hold. It really started to take off when a niche magazine called Weird New Jersey published an article about…

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The Gilded Age: The Blairsden Estate

Mr. Local History Archives - Blairsden Estate

Post Views: 3,524 Historical Perspective: The Blairsden Estate of Clinton Ledyard Blair Peapack/Gladstone, New Jersey Submitted: Brooks Betz & W. Barry Thomson Blairsden Background Out of all of the requests that we receive at Mr. Local History, none measure up to the sheer volume we receive every month requesting additional information on Blairsden, one of the crown jewel estates of the Somerset Hills. While there have been numerous pieces posted on the internet regarding Blairsden that stretch the truth and invoke imaginations, we will try to put Blairsden into its…

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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: 5,331 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: 5,399 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: 9,787 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 Blairsden Estate Opens to Public

The Peapack Gladstone Blairsden estate- Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 29,205 The Blairsden Estate in Peapack Gladstone, New Jersey, is certainly one of the greatest examble of beaux arts mansions in the United States. For a short thirty day window this private estate is open to the public as part of Mansion in May, that started back in 1974 with the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC) and has raised over $8 million for worthwhile causes at Morristown Medical Center. Blairsden, built in the late 1890’s was Over sixty designers have spent months preparing for the Mansion in May exhibit.…

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