Quicklinks – History From Your Town

Find History Easily - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 310 Want a quick way to search for articles about the history from your town? The Mr. Local History Project has created a few quick searches to give you a head start. Bedminster Bedminster History Bernards Township (Basking Ridge) Bernards Township History Bernardsville Bernardsville History Far Hills Far Hills History Peapack & Gladstone Peapack & Gladstone History What is the Somerset Hills The Somerset Hills is known as the northern region of Somerset County located in the U.S. state of New Jersey and includes the townships of Bedminster,…

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The Founding Families of Basking Ridge

Trading $50 for Basking Ridge

Post Views: 1,855 History showcases some of the greatest reminders of where we came from. Many people new to the area don’t know the deep history in the area ties back to some of the originating families that chose this area back in the early 1700s. As many know, the area was purchased by John Harrison, agent of King James III of England in 1717, from Chief Nowenoik of the Lenapes, a real estate package of 3,000 acres for $50.  We honor those who founded this community on the Ridge.…

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Timeline Highlights Bernards Township History

Mr Local History showcases Bernards Township Historic Timeline

Take a visual tour of a great document that showcases key historic activities that occured in Bernards Township. The timeline was prepared by former historian June Kennedy honoring the 250th anniversary and history of Bernards Township.

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Grand Mansions and Historic Homes in the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 25,742 Many people have asked why post all this history stuff on the area you’re calling the Somerset Hills. Well, call it passion. Call it intrigue. Call it local awareness. I think that the main reason is whenever I asked a question about history in the area, the information wasn’t available. I didn’t want to wait to go to the library, and I didn’t have time to go to the local historical society. But I moved to the area and said, “If I’m gonna be a local, I…

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Somerset History – Two Historic Books

Post Views: 907 While searching the internet we found a few great books that showcases the history of the Somerset Hills and Somerset County, New Jersey from the early 1800’s. If you like local history, these two books really bring the detail to some of the great history tales of the Somerset Hills area. The Somerset Hills The first book is simply called “The Somerset Hills” by Ludwig Schumacher. The full title is:The Somerset hills; Being a brief record of significant facts in the early history of the hill country…

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Mr. Local History Registers as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

The originating founders of the non-profit Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 600 With great fanfare, the Mr. Local History announces that the Mr. Local History Project registered as a formal organization with 501(c)(3) non-profit status. While our mission hasn’t changed, the founding organizers have a few specific goals to share as we grow and increase our community involvement. First and foremost, the Mr. Local History (MLH) project will continue to preserve and promote local history. That goes without say. But now with non-profit status, we can venture into new frontiers including a new social society, a high school historian…

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History of the Basking Ridge Fire Company and the Town Christmas Tree

s greatest tradition. Town residents join each other for caroling the night before Christmas.

Post Views: 1,984 Every year the Basking Ridge Fire Company accepts a large evergreen tree donated by a local resident or business. The all volunteer Basking Ridge Fire Company members take responsibility for cutting the tree down and placing it on the village green in Basking Ridge center. Firefighters and volunteers also decorate the tree for the holidays, relying on fire equipment to reach the top. The Fire Company will arrive to down the tree, clean up afterward, and transport the tree away in a couple of hours. The traditional…

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Top 10 Historic Businesses in the Somerset Hills, New Jersey

In 2009 - The Grain House was listed as one of the top 10 historic businesses in the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 18,514 Whether you’re a banker or a national political figure, a CEO or a farmer, the Somerset Hills has provided commercial opportunities for centuries. From C. Ledyard Blair and Jackie Kennedy, to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Charles Pfizer, the Somerset Hills business community has served up commerce in a classic fashion. (See the list of Somerset Hills Rich & Famous post). There’s no mistake that the Somerset Hills area is rich in long lasting commerce history. The Somerset Hills region of Bedminster, Bernards Twp, Bernardsville, Far…

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Historic Grain House in Bernards Township Turns 250 Years Old

The Grain House c.2018 Credit: Brooks Betz

Post Views: 1,883 Historic Profile: The Grain House, Franklin Corners (Bernards Township), New Jersey The Grain House at the Olde Mill Inn Turns 250 Years Old (1768-2018) Mr. Local History congratulates the historic Grain House as it celebrates its 250th construction anniversary. In 1768, when the First Methodist Church in North American colonies was initiated at Wesley Chapel in NYC and the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was being published in Scotland, Samuel Lewis, a miller from Franklin Corners in Bernards Township, built a water-powered grist mill and a barn…

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Somerset Hills History 101

Map Somerset_Hills_NJ_mr local history

Post Views: 1,511 Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone History that you might not know. Let’s get started. Did you know… 1921 – Far Hills was actually part of Bernards Township until seceding in 1921. Rising taxes led the 200 residents of Far Hills to decide to separate from Bernards Township and to incorporate as a Borough. The local property tax rate jumped from $2.72 in 1919 to $3.53 in 1920. 1717 – The original Bernards Township (Bernardston) area (3,000 acres) was purchased by John Harrison, agent…

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Spring Planting – Keep the History Going

The Daffodil Project - Plant Now

Post Views: 876 Throwback post – If you live in Bernards Township, New Jersey, for the 250th Anniversary back in 2010 Bernards Township adopted the Flower Drift Daffodil as the 250th Anniversary Daffodil for their 250th anniversary! Show your support by planting these daffodils in your yard to celebrate the anniversary! THE DAFFODIL PROJECT… TELL YOUR FRIENDS/NEIGHBORS….Facebook your wall, Tweet…whatever gets the message out there…. ALL BERNARDS TWP RESIDENTS… PLANT NOW so that the entire area has this special daffodil blooming on the 250th anniversary!

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History Helps Realtors Sell Real Estate

Mr Local History and Realtors Unite

Post Views: 957 Realtors History Guide to Selling Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster and the Rest of the Somerset Hills, New Jersey It probably comes as no surprise that realtors have a fairly easy time selling homes in Bernards Township and the surrounding Somerset Hills area. With its top ranked schools, highway access to the rest of the state, easy access to railroads and a relatively low tax rate. Now comes the secret. How you can differentiate yourself as a realtor using Mr. Local History. First off, we never thought of…

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“Janice Meredith” – 1924 Silent Film Showcases American Revolution

Janice Meredith a silent film found by Mr Local History

Post Views: 1,506 Back in 1924 silent films were all the rage. Bernardsville was just becoming a boro and separating from Bernards Township but there was still only one movie theater, The Liberty . How fortunate was the theater to feature the film “Janice Meredith”, a film about the American Revolution featuring the infamous General Charles Lee. The question is? Will they show the infamous Lee capture at Widow White’s in Basking Ridge? We have the complete film at the end of the story. Film It is 1774, the eve…

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The History of the 1912 Bernards Township Town Hall – The Astor Estate in Basking Ridge

Astor Esate Basking Ridge - Mr. Local History

Post Views: 4,147 One of the most iconic historic properties in the Somerset Hills is an English Tudor style estate that sits atop a high ridge in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township. Built in 1912, this Basking Ridge landmark was the home to four families; Owen, Lee, Bissell and Astor, before being acquired by Bernards Township in 1968. The property is known by locals as the Astor Estate since the Astor’s were the last private owners. However, the resident that had the most impact on the town belonged…

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The Great Historic Tavern Pub Crawl & Tours

Post Views: 27,021 We like touring Morris and Somerset County since this is the “cockpit of the revolution” and most of the old taverns were meeting places of the resistance. Want to grab a pint where  General Washington drank (and maybe slept)? How about a cold one where Ben Franklin gathered his thoughts? Here’s where history meets the road….literally. In addition to churches, pubs and taverns served as the meeting places of the revolution. How fun now would it be to create a trip, learn some great stories, and maybe…

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