Post Views: 5,790 Liberty Corner’s Most Famous Resident? You decide. Cartoonist Bill Griffith’s comic strip entitled “Zippy the Pinhead” was inspired by Liberty orner’s William Henry “Zip” Johnson, a local resident born back in 1842. Known as the son of a… Read More »Liberty Corner had the REAL Zip the Pinhead – Yow!
Did you know that US Route 206 actually used to be Route 31 and what is US Route 202 was actually Route 32?
So now you tell your friend “Take Route 31 North Thru Bedminster
and Turn Right onto Route 32 straight into Bernardsville.” Huh. “Route 31 goes to Clinton right? Left? WRONG! Confused?
Travel back to 1935 and you definitely would have been.
Maybe you could travel down Mine Brook Road to Bernardsville and the directions read take Route 32 south to Bville and stop at the dairy. Or maybe you’re coming down from Chester and you wanted to visit the Brady’s Hamilton Farm in Peapack/Bedminster and you actually have to go down Route 31. Well that was actually the case right up until 1935 when the transition began to change these two crossroads across the Somerset Hills to Routes 202 and 206.
Have you ever had such a major roadway change names in your lifetime? Your whole psychic changes. Think about how much confusion there is when the Department of Transportation changes highway exits and how long it takes you to forget the old ones and replace it with the new numbers. Geeze, I think there’s still exit signs on the southern end of Route 202 South that still say Old Exit 2B.
Post Views: 5,537 How General Henry Knox got a Profile on Facebook Hey General Washington, was the water cold when you were crossing the Delaware? Hey Socrates, do you really believe all of the stuff you came up with? Don’t… Read More »Putting Historic Personalities on Facebook
The Accent of Money is actually the history of money – and worth the watch!
PBS put out a documentary a few months ago called the Accent of Money, a documentary hosted by Niall Furgerson. Based in his book about the same topic -it’s worth a watch.
Whenever I refer this type of story, it’s interesting how people reply back about the “slant” of the piece. Over done? Liberal view. Keynesian demand side? Doesn’t matter what persuasion you are so long as the program makes you think about it (and maybe learn something).
I’m making my kids watch this!
It’s a two hour program, and it’s online for FREE. What a deal!
Click here to watch Accent of Money online now.
The New Jersey Historic Trust Grant Program over the past 18 years
The New Jersey Historic Trust is responsible for advancing historic preservation in New Jersey and establish stable sources of funding to support activities that contribute directly to the preservation and use of New Jersey’s heritage resources. We thought it’d be interesting to follow up on the discussion regarding the New Jersey Historic Trust and their distributions over the last decade.
The analysis was done just to observe the data and see if there are any interesting trends. The data was sent to us from Dorthy Guzzo, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Historic Trust in Trenton, New Jersey and we thank her for her efforts.
Post Views: 9,719 New Jersey Historic Trust Announces Grant Applications for 2008 February 27, 2009 TRENTON – The New Jersey Historic Trust today announced its recommended list for 2008 Historic Preservation Grants. The list of recommended sites will go before… Read More »New Jersey Historic Trust Site Grants 2008
Post Views: 12,452 THE GRAND ALLIANCE BALL “The entertainment began with a discharge of 13 cannons at 4 o’clock in the afternoon” Sunday, February 18, 1779 , Pluckemin, New Jersey One of the most noted events in Pluckemin was The… Read More »1779 – Grand Alliance Ball – Pluckemin New Jersey
Post Views: 8,535 Help map New Jersey (and surrounding areas) Historic Schoolhouses! It’s growing everyday – and it’s FREE. A great new mapping effort. We’re looking for people to post information regarding any old one room type schoolhouses that you… Read More »Mapping New Jersey’s Historic Schoolhouses
Post Views: 13,801 First – Start your journey with 30 seconds of what we call #burgerporn. Enjoy. (we did) Who doesn’t love a good burger. Ah yes, even the statement opens the door wide open for interpretation. How big, ketchup… Read More »Mapping the Best Burgers in America
Did you know that portions of the 2004 film The Stepford Wives were filmed in Bedminster (Lamington), New Jersey?
Stepford stars in area to film movie remake
Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler perform in Bedminster, sleep at Bernards Hotel
The Bernardsville News
By SANDY STUART , Staff Writer 07/10/2003
BEDMINSTER TWP. – A picture-perfect barn complex and sunny skies greeted Nicole Kidman and a host of Hollywood actors this week, during the filming of a scene from the new “Stepford Wives” movie. Kidman, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick, Glenn Close and Jon Lovitz were among the stars who joined some 200 extras – including many local residents – on a Larger Cross Road estate.
The filming of the scene, which depicts a Fourth of July fair in the fictitious upper-class town of Stepford, began Monday morning amid heavy security provided by the local police department. Filming continued throughout the day Tuesday and was scheduled to wrap up yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, assuming cooperative weather.
Many of the cast and crew members – including Kidman, Midler and director Frank Oz – stayed in luxurious rooms at the Olde Mill Inn in Bernards Township during the filming, according to sources. They were said to have checked out by Wednesday.
In the remake of the 1975 classic thriller, Kidman plays the role of Joanna Eberhart, who has just moved from Manhattan with her husband (Broderick) and children. According to publicist Marsha Robertson, the scene in Bedminster shows the Eberhart family meeting the townspeople of Stepford for the first time at a July 4 celebration.
Among those they encounter are Bobbie Markowe (Midler) and her husband (Lovitz), who are also newcomers to Stepford; as well as the town matriarch, played by Close. Other cast members include Faith Hill, Christopher Walken and Bernardsville native Roger Bart, an original cast member of the Broadway hit, “The Producers.” Hill and Walken did not appear in the Bedminster scene.Read More »Stepford Wives of Somerset Hills (Bedminster)
Post Views: 5,556 I visited the Town Hall in mid 2006 and the township administrator gave me two articles that she had on file regarding the Peapack Caverns. I’ve scanned and put the documents into PDF format, but will need… Read More »Peapack Caverns Research – Peapack Caverns
Post Views: 18,361 It’s actually Liberty Corner – The Devil Tree UPDATE: Join us online Friday, Oct 30, 9pm as the film team of Matt Ryan and Will Cook join Mr. Local History and look at the paranormal activities… Read More »The Mysterious Basking Ridge Devil Tree
Post Views: 15,780 Go Figure – It’s true. Founded back in 1932 and situated on 38 acres in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and glad to know that they have a discounted membership for township residents. It’s called a “naturist community… Read More »America’s First Nudist Colony is in Basking Ridge New Jersey