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Basking Ridge’s Isaacman #Inspiration4 – Live Splashdown Today

Leaving after his freshman year at Ridge Hight School, Jared Isaacman went on a path to be the the greatest non Ridge High School student to ever attend .

Post Views: 1,736 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. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project Have a Watch Party AND Make a DonationWatch it Right Here Saturday, September 18,2021 Live Update: DAY 3 of 3 Yes, a billionaire Basking Ridge High dropout is…

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Lord Stirling- Is William Alexander Basking Ridge’s Most Famous Resident?

Lord Stirling - Washington's top general from Basking Ridge.

Post Views: 2,354 William Alexander was considered male heir to the Scottish title of Earl of Stirling through Scottish lineage (being the senior male descendant of the paternal grandfather of the 1st Earl of Stirling, who had died in 1640), and he sought the title sometime after 1756. Raised on Broad Street in Lower Manhattan, he decided to move west to the country. He chose Baskinridge (Basking Ridge) and became what many feel is the area’s most famous resident. Let’s take a look. Alexander Early Days William Alexander (1726 –…

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The Haunted Registry of the Somerset Hills

Haunted Takes From the Somerset Hills - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,099 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. Save the Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021The 2021 Haunted Walking Tour of Basking Ridge Village, NJ is ON! Know the Tales? Take the Survey Loading… Phyllis Parker Ghost – Bernardsville Phyllis, the daughter of John…

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Our People & Their Stories #911neverforget

The family we lost on 9/11

Post Views: 2,436 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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Sandwich Inventions that Define New Jersey

Let the debate begin. DO NOT READ THIS STORY IF YOU'RE HUNGRY!!!!!! And don't forget to vote!!!!!! https://www.mrlocalhistory.org/jersey-sandwiches/ #jerseysandwich #jerseyfood #jerseyhistory #jerseyfoodie #sandwiches #bestsandwiches #taylorham #italianhotdog #sloppyjoe #tomotosandwich #subsandwich

Post Views: 615 While watching an old episode of Man vs. Food Nation, food critic and comedian Adam Richman showed some awesome sandwiches from Jersey. Adam got us thinking, what are the sandwiches that define New Jersey? We’ve reached out to the public for their advice and we’ve hit the road to find answers across the state. Jerseyans take their sandwiches seriously! Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese – Salt, Pepper, Ketchup (THEC-SPK) While the debate of pork roll vs. Taylor Ham continues, there is no doubt that the breakfast sandwich…

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Is it Bernard or Bernards? Hummm

Bernard or Bernards - Which is it

Post Views: 395 The Mr. Local History project often digs into multiple archives looking for evidence of the areas collective past. But this one got us scratching our heads. There is no doubt that Bernards Township is named after Sir Francis Bernard. But is the town name really Bernard or Bernards? Could someone have added an “S” to Sir Francis’ surname? Where did the S come from? First Notice Our first instance takes us back to 1873 to the go-to F.W. Beers 1873 map collection of Somerset County, New Jersey.…

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Retrospective: Bernardsville’s Historic Somerset Inn (Hotel)

The Historic Somerset Hills Inn on Bernardsville Mountain

Post Views: 581 People often wonder how people come to populate an area and how it develops. In Somerset County, the first settlers came for the fertile land from Scotland and the Netherlands. But then something happened. Mining speculators started to show up on the Bernardsville Mountain during the American revolution and the landscape started to change. The Mr. Local History Project takes a look back and what changed the mountain and surrounding area forever. As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn…

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The Largest Antique Truck Collection in the World is in Basking Ridge

Mahan Truck Collection - Basking Ridge - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 1,046 You wouldn’t think, but in a quiet suburb of New York City, a man has amassed what is often referred to as the largest collection of Mack and antique trucks in the world. We introduce you to the Mahan Foundation of Basking Ridge. As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our internet community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to…

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Keyport Day Trip – History and Food Road Trip

Mr Local History Goes to Keyport New Jersey

Post Views: 996 Nothing goes better than a fun Jersey day trip to an iconic town that starts the Jersey shore and gives you so many fun choices to fill with food and history. The Mr. Local History introduces you to Keyport, New Jersey, a historic seafaring community full of history and a great place to grab a days worth of great eats! Known as “The Pearl of the Bayshore” and “Gateway to the Bayshore,” Keyport is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. With a current population…

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Bedminster History – Look To the Old Mellick Farmhouses

Post Views: 11,716 If you live in the Somerset Hills area around Bedminster and Tewksbury you hopefully have heard the name Mellick. The Mellick name goes back to one of the founding family names in the area. In fact, the name Mellick acquired three different spellings. In those days the people in charge of registering land titles and other legal documents spelled names as they sounded. The Bedminster branch became Mellick, the Tewksbury branch Melick, and a few spelled it Malick. There was a standing joke in the Melick family…

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THE First American Flag and Middlebrook, New Jersey

Washington Campground Flag Mr Local History

Post Views: 450 Isn’t it great when you think you knew about something only to find out that someone else has showed up with a different answer? Well, I hate to admit it but I think it’s been done to us again. Did you know the FIRST flying of the official American flag was a small 1777 campground in Middlebrook, New Jersey? TRUE. Fundraiser: Help Support History Where was That First American Flag Flown?MIDDLEBROOK in BRIDGEWATER, NEW JERSEY! So you’re driving back and forth to work, down 287 then east…

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History of The Bernards Township Flag

Banner Mr Local History Bernards Township Flag

Post Views: 435 Bernards Township has an impressive history that dates back to the early 1600s. One of the things that the Mr. Local History Project started digging into are the origins of the Bernards Township official flag. Let’s see what we’ve found. As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our internet community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the…

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Summer Reading Book & Film Club – Mr. Local History

Read a good book about your hometown area - Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 892 The Mr Local History Book & Film Club partners with local libraries and area authors and filmmakers showcasing films and stories from the Somerset Hills. Have an author or filmmaker to share? Let us know. Our Summer Favorites: Kidnapping the ENEMY by Christian McBurney -The Special Operations to capture Generals Charles Lee and Richard Prescott Jersey Stories by Fred Rossi – Fun lesser known stories from New Jersey’s historic past Flight of Passage by Rinker Buck – True story of a 1966 flight of two Basking Ridge…

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So Where is West Millington, Lyons and Madisonville Sections of Bernards Township

Post Views: 412 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 We’re often asked by the public about typical history questions that you think would be fairly straightforward. Today we dig into the history of the West Millington and Lyons hamlets that are part of Bernards Township. The Mr. Local History Project researchers are taking on the challenge. First off,…

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