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The Mr. Local History Project Holiday Cards

Post Views: 8 Join the community on December 4th in Bernardsville and Basking Ridge as they kick off the holiday season as the Mr. Local History Project is donating over 500 limited edition holiday cards to the community at Saturday’s Basking Ridge tree lighting and the Bernardsville Holiday Parade. Printed by Bernardsville Print Center’s Rich Steinberg, there are two versions of the Mr. Local History Project holiday card; one for Basking Ridge and one for Bernardsville. The card symbolizes the local holidays in the area, bringing all the chance to…

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Basking Ridge Christmas Eve Community Sing 2021 “on the Green” IS BACK

Post Views: 8,174 Live and in Person – On the Green in Basking Ridge Village – Dec. 24 7pm Every year on December 24th for 98 years starting promptly at 7pm on what’s known as “The Green”, residents, families, friends, and guests in Basking Ridge, New Jersey gather for less than 20 minutes to sing Christmas carols, wish good tidings, then move on to their personal family traditions. Church bells begin ringing at about 6:45pm. 10 songs are sung and the caroling ends at approximately 7:25pm again with a round…

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

Post Views: 115 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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Holiday Boutique – Shop Local History

Shop Mr Local History NJ HIstory

Post Views: 186 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!’ See…

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Family Fun and Tree Lighting Dec. 4, 2021

Post Views: 77 Join friends and family with the Mr. Local History families for an afternoon that will put you in the holiday spirit. It’s the 7th Annual Winter Market and Tree Lighting in the Basking Ridge village. The entire event runs from 12-7pm but our fun runs from 4pm on the front steps of Ridge Family Dentistry, just off the green in Basking Ridge Village. Bring the kids. Call it a pre-tree light-up festive friends gathering. We have crafts and gifts too! Saturday, December 4, 2021 4pmRidge Family Dentistry…

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Exclusive Holiday Cards – Get Yours

Holiday Greeting Cards - Available Now.

Post Views: 1,075 “T’was the night before Christmas in the village of Basking Ridge” and the Bernardsville Center Community Holiday Cards with a purpose! In our first year of being, the Mr. Local History project presents an exclusive holiday card for our Bernards Township friends and families. We call it the “T’was the night before Christmas in Basking Ridge village” card. The card was created by our dear friend Linda Arnold, a resident of Liberty Corner. For a limited time, you can get a set of 5 cards with envelopes…

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The Haunted Registry of the Somerset Hills

Haunted Takes From the Somerset Hills - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,384 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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Project Local Ambassador – A Bernards Township Flag To Every Elementary Student

Kids Flag Program - Bernards Township Mr Local History

Post Views: 124 Called “Project Local Ambassador” – Join the Mr. Local History Project as we launch a campaign to raise funds to present every elementary school student a Bernards Township flag. Connecting kids to their geography and local history. The Mr. Local History Project is asking for your help. To preserve and promote Bernards Township’s pride and history by handing out a custom made Bernards Township Annin brand flag to every 3rd grade student in Cedar Hill, Liberty Corner, Mt. Prospect, and Oak Street school over multiple years until…

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Bernards Township & Bernardsville Honor Veterans and The Fallen

Bernards Township Honors our local veterans - Mr Local History

Post Views: 2,170 Each Memorial Day and Veterans Day Bernards Township and Bernardsville honors our military veterans with a banner salute around the Bernards Township Municipal building and in downtown Bernardsville area. The banners usually stay up between the two holidays and grace our townships with honor and sacrifice and a true sense of what these people mean to our community and our country. Special thanks to the Bernards Township Veteran’s Appreciation Task Force under the direction of Mayor James Baldassare who have been working on the project since early…

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Haunted Walking Tour of Basking Ridge Village Fundraiser – Tickets on Sale Now

Event: the Haunted Walking Tour of Basking Ridge Village - Join Us.

Post Views: 228 How about a fun day out in the fall fresh air strolling the streets of haunted village. The Mr. Local History Project has created a new chapter of the Haunted Walking Tour of Historic Basking Ridge Village and is bringing back this fall classic for one October afternoon. The script is updated and our Witch of Winding Lane is ready with her tales and her spooky participants will be ready to enlighten and entertain you. Join the Witch of Winding Lane as she and her ghoulish friends…

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Origins of Cold as Balls and Cold as a Witch’s Tit

Cold as Balls - Cold as a witches tit

Post Views: 20,509 Someone asked the question “Where did the term cold as balls come from and why do they say it?” That got us to thinking about another saying, Cold as a Witch’s tit. We had our mission. Man It’s Cold as Balls! Cold as balls is an interesting term. My daughter even says it! You hear it all the time but most guys then respond with; “My balls aren’t cold, so what the heck does cold as balls mean?” Cold as balls as it’s referred to in the…

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The Race of Gentlemen – Pure History Right in Front of Your Eyes

TROG 2021 Wildwood NJ - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 406 Known as The Race of Gentlemen, the event has been a resurrected event dating back to the 50s by a local club called the Oilers of New Jersey. For one weekend in early October, racers, gassers, and fans gather on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey for one of only two instances of beach racing in the United States. The Mr. Local History Project takes a look at this iconic event and its history. Tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and one of America’s most popular boardwalks, the…

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Feel Lucky – Enter Chance to Win 100th Far Hills Race Collectible

Far Hills Race Meeting Collectible - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 445 Enter Chance to win 100th Anniversary Far Hills Race Keepsake. One of our most popular keepsakes is the limited edition 100th anniversary rendering of the Far Hills Race Meeting. Commissioned by the Mr. Local History Project, this keepsake showcases in art the grand event on the front and the history of the event on the back. To enter, just post “Winner” at the bottom of this page in the COMMENTS section . We will pick from all the names before the hunt and announce the winner here.…

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Lord Stirling- 1770s Festival – Sun Oct. 3, 2021

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

Post Views: 2,725 Is William Alexander Basking Ridge’s Most Famous Resident? 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…

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Join Mr. Local History for Somerset County’s History Weekend Oct 9-10, 2021

Join the Mr. Local History Project for History Weekend

Post Views: 168 Join Mr. Local History as we partner with Somerset County’s Boudinot Southard Ross Farm in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The 16th Annual Journey Through the Past is October 9th and 10th, 2021 – ALL FREE Somerset County’s annual Journey Through The Past is an initiative of the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners and the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission in collaboration with many county-wide local historical organizations and commissions and other county organizations. Special displays, free historic local maps, and the entire New Jersey Historic…

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