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
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The Somerset Hills Historic Village is part of the World Famous Cat’s Meow Wooden Keepsake Collectibles

Somerset Hills Historic Cats Meow Village Logo
The Cat’s Meow is one of the world’s most iconic collectible series. Mr. Local History started creating the Somerset Hills Historic Village back in 2018. Each year we launch new additions based on community input.

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.

History of the Cat's Meow Village of Wooster, Ohio - Mr. Local History Project
History of the Cat’s Meow Village of Wooster, Ohio
Welcome to Blairsden and Natirar to the Somerset County Village.
Battle of Somerset County’s Estate Titans – Natirar vs. Blairsden. You decide.

Additional keepsakes will be added to the Somerset Hills collection as part of a multi-year effort to promote and preserve history in the Somerset Hills including Bedminster, Bernards Twp., Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone. “There are so many great historic icons in the Somerset Hills and we were really excited to launch the keepsake program.

No. 10 – 1912 Natirar Estate
(Peapack, New Jersey)

Released June 12, 2020

The Natirar Wooden Collectible Release Party July 8, 2020

There are two iconic estates in Peapack and the Mr. Local History Project has them immortalized with their introduction to the Historic Somerset Hills Cat’s Meow Village collection. Natirar was not just an estate, it was one of the most well known convalescent centers in the tri-state area when it served women as the Kate Macy Ladd Center. The estate was also owned by a King; Africa’s King Hassan II of Morocco.

Every one of our Cat’s Meow Collectibles includes the full history of the keepsake.
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No. 9 – 1903 Blairsden Mansion & Estate (Peapack, New Jersey)

Released June 12, 2020

Being the 9th and 10th keepsake in the collection is a great milestone for the village,” says Brooks Betz, the founder of the Mr. Local History Project and the official Bernards Township Historian. “We are so fortunate to have such great history all around us and we’re proud to promote each keepsake with the background of the keepsakes historic significance on every collectible.

Blairsden Estate Keepsake Release Party – July 8, 2020
Every one of our Cat’s Meow Collectibles includes the full history of the keepsake.
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Blairsden, on the other hand, is one of the country’s best examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the United States.

No. 8 – 1776 1761 – Lord Stirling Manor
One of the Colonies Greatest Manors. Basking Ridge Village (Should We?)

Most people don’t know how great William Alexander’s Basking Ridge manor was. Noted as one of the greatest manors in the colonies, the Mr. Local History Project honors who may be the most famous resident in Basking Ridge history. We introduce our addition to the Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow Village – The Lord Stirling’s Manor.

Stirling Manor Basking Ridge
Stirling Manor was stated to be a English nobleman’s Georgian Palladian style estate along the Dead River called “The Sycamores” with great lawns, gardens, vineyards, stables, coach houses, with a large paved court behind the mansion. The property up to 800 total acres. While the estate is gone this one in Marble Hill-Twickenham outside London is very similar to what Sycamores might have looked like.

Be the first to pre-order your keepsake of this heavily researched project that showcases one of the great lost estates. While the only remainder of the manor is a few out-buildings and the Lord Stirling Stables, this is your chance to remember one of Basking Ridge’s most noble residents. Pre-Orders are now available online only. Click Here for details.

No. 7 – 1776 Widow White’s Tavern
A real American historic legend
(Basking Ridge Village)

Released Nov. 1, 2019

The infamous Widow White's Tavern in Basking Ridge changed the course of American history.
The infamous Widow Whites Tavern of Basking Ridge keepsake is the first of its kind. The historic Widow White’s Tavern forever changed the path of American History. Click Here to learn more about the historic day and about the tavern. Limited run. Click the image to view pre-ordering this limited run.

“We plan on adding additional historic keepsakes,” stated Betz. “The project hopes continue the tradition where the public gets to vote for future keepsakes.” The keepsake is meant to display on a bookshelf or thin ledge (like a door or window sill). It is made of a sturdy 3/4″ handmade wood block and then painted.

No. 6 – 1912 Astor Estate
(Bernards Township Town Hall)

Released March 22, 2019

Mr Local History is proud to announce the release of the 6th in the collectible series, the 1912 Samuel Owen home now known as the Astor Estate is the new Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow collectible. Bernards Township acquired the Astor Estate in 1968 saving it from demolition. Read the entire story of the property as Mr. Local History profiled the Historic Astor Estate.

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake - The Cat's Meow Astor Estate
The Astor Estate arrived and is available now online.
Mr Local History Launch Party - somerset hills history

No. 5 – 1871 Washington House
(Basking Ridge Village)

Released January 11, 2019

Congratulations – the community has voted and the winner is the 1871 Washington House in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township. The voting was close but this is truly a worthy winner. The first release for 2019 is the historic 1871 Washington House in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township. Congratulations – the community has voted and the winner is the 1871 Washington House in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township. The voting was close but this is truly a worthy winner. The iconic Washington House in Basking Ridge Village has a rich history going back to 1871. At almost 150 years of age, the grand hotel still serves the public today as a grand local restaurant. The painting shown will be painted on wood and made available now at the Mr. Local History Gift Shop.

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake - The Cat's Meow Washington House.
The iconic Washington House in Basking Ridge Village has a rich history going back to 1871. At almost 150 years of age, the grand hotel still serves the public today as a grand local restaurant. The painting shown will be painted on wood and made available now at the Mr. Local History Gift Shop.

No.4 – The 1777 – Elias Boudinout House
(Basking Ridge)

Released May 25, 2019

The 1777 historic Boudinout House is now a member of the Somerset Hills Historic Village Wooden Keepsake Collection - Get yours now. #mrlocalhistory
The 1777 historic Boudinout House is now a member of the Somerset Hills Historic Village Wooden Keepsake Collection – Get yours now. #mrlocalhistory

Mr. Local History is proud to announce along with a partnership with The Ross Farm the release of the 4th in the collectible series, the Somerset County 1777 Boudinout Southard Ross House. The collectible is part of the Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow Historic collection. Orders for this limited run are now being taken online. Less than 50 will be produced. The keepsake is made of wood and then painted. Learn More

No. 3 – 619 Year Old Historic White Oak
(Basking Ridge)

Released April 20, 2018

The release of the third in the collectible series, the 619 year old Basking Ridge Historic White Oak Cat’s Meow collectible.

No 2. – 1718 Presbyterian Church and Oak Tree
(Basking Ridge)

Released February 16, 2018

Mr Local History is proud to announce the release of the second in the collectible series, the 1718 Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and the 619 year old Basking Ridge Historic White Oak Cat’s Meow collectible. This has been our #1 best seller. Available now in our gift shop.

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake - The Cat's Meow Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and Historic Basking Ridge Oak Tree.

No. 1 – 1809 Brick Academy Town Hall & Schoolhouse
(Basking Ridge Village)

Released January 3, 2018

Mr. Local History, in conjunction with T3 Consortium and the Cat’s Meow Village introduce the Inaugural Keepsake of the Historic Somerset Hills Village Collection, the 1809 Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township, New Jersey. The collection is a way to promote local history and provide people the opportunity to share their love for iconic local historic properties.

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake - The Cat's Meow Brick Academy in Basking Ridge.
The first of the Historic Somerset Hills Village Cat’s Meow collectible series.

Many people collect other village pieces and build a village collection. The creations are part of the historic Cat’s Meow Village Collection, which has been producing iconic wood ornaments for over 35 years.

Local organizations and businesses will be producing limited batches of selected Somerset Hills Keepsake Village collectibles. All collectibles will be available online via the Mr. Local History Gift Shop.

How do I Get One of These Historic Limited Edition Keepsakes?

Shop for a Cause - Mr Local History Project #shoplocalhistory #justoneitem
Shop for a Cause – Mr Local History Project #shoplocalhistory #justoneitem

The easiest way to get one is to order online via our Etsy Store.
Our online store accepts multiple forms of payment including credit/debit cards and Paypal. Orders are now being taken online. The collection is the ultimate local personal gift. Great for those moving into the area, or for those who’ve left the area. They also make great gifts for those who just like to remember the fond memories of the area.

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Additional Information

The Somerset Hills Historic Village is designed by Mr. Local History, produced by The Cat’s Meow Village and funded entirely by T3 Consortium, who offers licenses to various organizations for fundraising and promotional activities.

The Cat’s Meow Village Company of Wooster, Ohio

The Cat’s Meow Village is a small company founded in Wooster, Ohio in 1982 from one simple wooden house Faline cutout on her grandfather’s saw in the loft of the hog barn. 35 years later, Jones with her crew continues to craft “little wooden buildings” of local, national, and international landmarks that spark memories and kindle smiles on the faces of “real life adventurers” like you.

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