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1961 The Polaroid Land #100 was introduced.
1981 – Bedminster Inn which is now Delicious Heights. Same building.
1981 – Charlie’s Aunt Bernardsville which is now a parking lot as part of the Shop Rite.
1947 – How many of these business do you remember? Village Fountain c1947 Basking Ridge
Ellsworth Dobbs was a real estate broker in Bernardsville and Basking Ridge in the late 1940’s thru the 1960’s. This map was made January 1947.
What an iconic home we lost in Bernardsville. The Dayton Home c1890s down off Mt. Airy Road near Cherry Lane.
1960s Kiwanis Fair submission from Jeanie Carlin Bruns to the Mr Local History Project. Read our story about the history of this iconic event
The Summer White House has a history of its own. Search and read about this Bedminster icon.
The Orchard Farm c. 1910 was built around 1870 at the corner of Madisonville Road and North Maple Avenue in the Madisonville section of Bernards Township. This was the largest Second Empire style house in Basking Ridge. For 40 years the Charles Roberts family lived there. Mr. Roberts was a prominent banker and the secretary/treasurer of the Childs Restaurant chain. Gallery 2 – WE keep digging. Just click on one photo and they enlarge.
The McArthur Family of Basking Ridge c.1902.
Samuel Southard, 8th Secretary of the Navy, New Jersey Attorney General, US Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of War, Elected Governor over Peter D. Vroom by a vote of 40 to 24 by the joint session of the Legislature in 1832, he re-entered the U.S. Senate in the following year. The destroyer USS Southard (DD-207), (later DMS-10), 1919–1946, was named in his honor. There is also a public park in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, named after him. His home was the now famed Ross Farm adjacent to the Great Swamp and Basking Ridge Country Club.
Oak Street Junior High School Graduation 1958 – Basking Ridge
Bville News Graduation I966
The St John’s Academy was the former Hillandale Estate in Gladstone, which was built as the country home of sugar magnate, George Mosle. The Sisters of St. John the Baptist acquired the estate in 1926. The Sisters used the property as a residence for the order, for worship and as a school. The school, the Mount Saint John Academy, closed in 2008.
Freddy’s Tavern had a great meal presence as well. Steaks for under $10 in 1983
Bernardsville, This postcard depicts the DL&W Lackawanna Railroad Station in Mine Brook, circa 1905 very near Whitenack Road. The sign over the doorway reads “Mine Brook” and the boxcar is labeled “Grand Trunk 5502”. Isn’t it amazing how few trees were on the hillside? I also recently learned why they called it Mine Brook since there were ore mines on the top of Bernardsville Mountain, earlier referred to as Mine Mountain. Just completed a research project of the Bishop Janes, who built his home near the mine. The ramp was established to make it easier for the patrons to get on and off the train. IF you travel east it would be left, and west would be right.
1985 Somerset Food Store in Liberty Corner
The Pottersville Bridge in northern Bedminster c.1910
The Far Hills Fairgrounds c.1910
The Township Hall Bernards Township back in 1960 celebrating the Bicentennial.
The infamous Pistilli’s Italian Restaurant in Bernardsville just north of North Finley Avenue on Route 202 back in 1975
The Bernardsville National Bank Of Bernardsville in New Jersey printed $828,990 dollars worth of national currency. That is a high amount, but condition and serial numbers can make otherwise common currency from this bank quite valuable. This national bank opened in 1903 and stopped printing money in 1935, which equals a 33 year printing period. That is a fairly normal lifespan for a national bank. During its life, The Bernardsville National Bank Of Bernardsville issued 12 different types and denominations of national currency. We have examples of the types listed below. Your bank note should look similar. Just the bank name will be different. For the record, The Bernardsville National Bank Of Bernardsville was located in Somerset County. It was assigned charter number 6960.
Tommy Dorsey Benefit in Bernardsville 1932. Tommy lived in Bernardsville from 1935 to 1944 at 200 Old Army Road.
Peapack Gladstone’s Ravine Lake c.1900
The Bernards Township Oak tree c.1920
Bernards High School c.1921
June 20, 1968 advertisement, going out to dinner. Bernardsville News
Bernards Township Talk of the Township Magazine c.2002
The Bernards Township Deconry in Liberty Corner.
Basking Ridge Downtown c1953
1961 train crash in Gladstone, New Jersey
Bernardsville’s Claremont_Hotel c1910
Bedminster c1940 Pluckemin Williamson Garage
Pluckemin’s Old Log mill dam c 1905
Jackie Kennedy Onassis in Bedminster
Winter 1909 behind St. James School hill
1976 Corner Cupboard in Basking Ridge
Kennedy Martin Stelle House Basking Ridge
Allen Store Basking Ridge c1910
Maple School Demolish 1973
Basking Ridge Firehouse 1927
Liberty Corner Post Office 1975
The Shady Grove Inn 1964
Them Maple Lodge c1932 in Liberty Corner
Woolworths Ad Bernardsville News 1961
The Schley Mountain Glider Field c 1933
The Shannon Lodge c1930s in Bernardsville
Samuel Owen’s Peach Orchards c1935
Fiddlers Elbow Golf Club c1979
Tommy Dorsey and-Frank Sinatra I’ll Be Seeing You first recorded on February 26, 1940. The image was released on this cover photo in 1994. he title of the 1944 film I’ll Be Seeing You was taken from this song. Lived in Bernardsville on 200 Old Army Road from 1935 to November 1944. This image was with Tommy and Sinatra at RCA Victor Studios, 1941.
RHS Yearboook 1969
Bicentennial Parade Memorial Day 1960 Downtown Basking Ridge
Patrolman Robert Eberle at new police station Nov 20 1969
1933 Shannon Lodge Bernardsville
Main Street Far Hills late 1800s
Pleasant Valley Mill in Basking Ridge, c1906
Basking Ridge’s South Maple Avenue getting paved c 1928
The Millington Quary c 1908 in Basking Ridge
US Veterans Administration Hospital c1932
AT&T’s Brochure of its new Basking Ridge Facility
The Compton House in Basking Ridge
Bedminster’s Somerset Airfiled c1960
Lieutenant Austin P Spencer 1943
Greetings from Liberty Corner NJ postcard – Not quite right from what we know.
Bernardsville’s town center c1900
Route 287 Dedication Brochure October 21,1967
Route 78 and 287 Dedication July 29, 1966
South Alward Ave in Basking Ridge c1940
Aerial view Basking Ridge
Oak Street School Newsletter Snappy Bits 1952
Ridge High School Floor plan c1961
Bunn Lake c1910 Bernardsville
Washington House Pig Roast Basking Ridge 1934
Basking Ridge Downtown 1940s
J Geils from Bedminster NJ and went to Bernards High
Meryl Streep Bernardsville
The New Jersey Hunt Cup
The Orchard Farm c. 1910 was built around 1870 at the corner of Madisonville Road and North Maple Avenue in the Madisonville section of Bernards Township. This was the largest Second Empire style house in Basking Ridge. For 40 years the Charles Roberts family lived there. Mr. Roberts was a prominent banker and the secretary/treasurer of the Childs Restaurant chain.