Stories

Why List a Historic District on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places?

Bernards Township Historic Districts - Liberty Corner and Franklin Corners

Post Views: 5 The New Jersey Register of Historic Places is the official list of New Jersey’s historic resources of local, state, and national interest. Created by the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act of 1970 (N.J.S.A. 13:1B-15.128 et seq.) The New Jersey Register is closely modeled after the National Register program. Both Registers have the same criteria for eligibility, nomination forms, and review process. Nearly every municipality in New Jersey has properties significant in architecture, history, archaeology, engineering and/or culture that are eligible for the New Jersey and…

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New Keepsake: Preserving Bedminster’s History #summerwhitehouse

Bedminster-NJ-Summer-White-House---NJ-Historic-Village-Collection---Mr-Local-History-Front

Post Views: 140 New Keepsake: Preserving Bedminster’s History – The Mr. Local History Project (MLH) has been preserving and promoting local history since our non-profit organization was established in 2019. The all volunteer group started a wooden miniature keepsake program to share history, artwork, in partnership with the world famous Cat’s Meow Village Company of Ohio to support New Jersey’s local history and grow the New Jersey Historic Village Collection. Congratulations Bedminster, New Jersey Supporting Bedminster’s history via our MLH keepsake project is in its early stages and we hope…

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Retrospective: Westfield’s Excellent Diner – A Lost (and Found) Jersey Treasure

Excellent Diner Westfield 1970s

Post Views: 229 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 bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project Here’s a story about the birth, death, and resurrections of something that is near and dear to Jersians, a diner. Not just any diner, but the EXCELLENT…

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Retrospective: Franklin Corners Historic District and William Childs Willmere Farm Williamsburg-esqe Village

Franklin Corners District Art Brooks Betz

Post Views: 389 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 bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project Tucked in at the northernmost section of Bernards Township, New Jersey along the Passiac River lies a small historic district that if you drive through it you’ll…

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Bernards Township & Bernardsville Honor Fallen Soldiers and Veterans

Bernards Township Honors our local veterans - Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,714 On Memorial Day and Veterans Day Bernards Township honors our military with a banner salute around the Bernards Township Municipal building and town hall. 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 January 2020. Please take a moment to remember those who have served to preserve our freedoms and our way of life. Historic Photos – Somerset Hills I want to thank our Veterans Appreciation Task Force headed by…

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Billionaire Basking Ridge High Dropout is Going to Space

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: 487 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 Yes, a billionaire Basking Ridge High dropout is going to outer space!!!!! Do we have your attention yet? The history of Jared Isaacman dropping out of Ridge High…

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The Lost Charters of Bernards Township & Bedminster

Post Views: 4,518 UPDATE: While we wrote this piece years ago, the Bedminster Charter came back in the news on October 21, 2019 when it was announced that the Forbes family was donating the charter back to Bedminster Township. The story continues! This is a tale of three Charters in New Jersey that make for a great “what happened” story. Let’s first talk about what a Charter is. A Charter is a document, typically signed by the King of England granting rights to a particular area of land to a prospective…

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Bernards BaseBall Club of 1867

Post Views: 1,142 The history of Basking Ridge (Bernards Township) sometimes comes in unique ways. While researching the internet for another story we came across this auction selling an original score book from the Bernards Baseball Club. Today, there are a large number of men who love to play club ball. While mostly softball, there is a core group of club based ball players across New Jersey. Formed in 1867, while the Bernards Baseball Club is an interesting story, it’s all the letters, signatures and additional tidbits that came with…

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Jersey Comfort Food to Die For Mapping Project

Mr Local History Maps Jersey Food to Die For

Post Views: 3,054 Here’s to a lifetime of living in Jersey. Here’s the map. It’s simple. It may not be the healthiest, but Fagettaboutit, it’s Jersey’s best comfort food. Great flavor with an attitude. I just love it. You will too! Post any pics if you have them.We’re big into #foodporn 🙂 The first round of the Jersey Comfort Food map started when I wanted to get an Italian hot dog. Where would I have to travel? Or if I’m traveling the state, how do I know where the BEST…

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Retrospective: The Soap Box Derby and its Ties to New Jersey

Retrospective: The Soap Box Derby in Somerset County NJ

Post Views: 331 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 bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project Visions of custom made and painted cars with young kids bearing a helmet and a chance at fame leveraging gravity in a non-motorized home made vehicle. It’s…

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Retrospective: Harry Dunham and His Park

Harry Dunham Park Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 509 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 As many Bernards Township residents know about the Harry Dunham Park, very few people know about Harry Dunham the man. Mr. Dunham was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and…

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Retrospective: Westfield’s Iconic Jolly Trolley

The infamous Jolly Trolley in Westfield New Jersey- Mr Local History Retrospective

Post Views: 535 This is a personal story and what I’m calling a web gift from the WHS class of 1980 to all those who loved the Jolly Trolley. I hope you continue to send in your stories and photos. As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn more 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…

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Basking Ridge Oak Tree Community Photo Album

The Basking Ridge Oak Tree Photo Album - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 489 On April 24-26, 2017 the New Jersey town of Basking Ridge lost its oldest resident, the Basking Ridge historic white oak tree.  What was estimated to be over 600 years old, no one ever imagined that the tree would die during their lifetime and it came as quite a shock to the entire community. So we reached out to the community on our Facebook Page asking for any photos to add to our Basking Ridge Oak Tree photo album. If you’d like your photo added, join the…

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The New Jersey Historic Miniature Village Keepsake Collection

Local History Wooden Collectibles - Cats Meow Village - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 2,924 The MLH Project is proud to announce that the Somerset Hills Historic Village has joined forces with the New Jersey Historic Village Collection. The New Jersey 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 New Jersey’s history. 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 additions to this historic series.” The…

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2021: Honoring Far Hills, New Jersey Centennial

Far Hills Anniversary Banner - Mr Local History

Post Views: 578 NOTE: The Borough of Far Hills celebrates its 100th anniversary #farhills100, with Council President Karner and the mayor’s wife, Janis Vallone, spearheading “what will be a great community event on May 15 ,2021 with a parade and picnic for Far Hills residents.” Due to COVID the Town will have only a small 10 a.m. ceremony outside borough hall after plans for a parade and a community-wide picnic at the Fairgrounds had to be dropped. The festivities were to begin with a parade starting at the Far Hills…

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