Art and History – Looking for Artists Who Love History

Local art and local history project - Mr Local History

Post Views: 2,832 The Mr. Local History Project is launching a new program to preserve our local history. We are also looking for art teachers to consider a program where an entire art class works to create their own collection. Take a look and if you’re interested, drop us a line and we can connect to discuss. Sign Up to Volunteer and Participate Contact Us

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2021 Year In Review – Mr. Local History’s Top 10 Stories

The Mr Local History Project Trustees and Volunteers 2021

Post Views: 442 For your consideration…… Late December and early January are great times to reflect on the year passed and stories that presented themselves. The Mr. Local History Project looks back at the top 10 stories uncovered for 2021 based on reviews made by the editorial board. Don’t get us wrong, we love all of the stories that were researched or recommended by our readership. 2021 was also a growing year for the Mr. Local History Project as our trustees expanded along with our coverage. This year marked a…

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Colonial Christmas Holidays in Bedminster

Colonial Christmas at the Jacobus Vanderveer House

Post Views: 2,465 The historic Vanderveer House in Bedminster celebrates the holiday season with Colonial Christmas in 2021. Who likes history? Who likes Christmas? There’s an event that’s been going on just after Thanksgiving for 16 years at a beautifully restored colonial home in Bedminster, New Jersey. The event is called Colonial Christmas and it’s time to recognize what a great event it is. Called the Jacobus Vanderveer House (pronounced  Jake-O- Bus Vander Veer – it’s a Dutch thing), has transformed into one of the most beautifully restored revolutionary war era federal homes in America. But it’s…

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Before the West Point Academy, There was Pluckamin

Post Views: 176,566 Pluckemin Encampment and America’s First Military Academy “One of the greatest untold stories of the American Revolution.” One of the lesser known stories of the American revolution is the truths about the Pluckemin Encampment, also known as the Pluckemin Cantonment. You see, a cantonment is different than an Encampment because a cantonment has actual buildings verses temporary tents. Back in 2005, we started on a quest to expose this story. While the notes below are raw, we’ve left them in their original state so you can see…

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Somerset Hills Historic Sites on the National & State Registers

Part of the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 3,627 Tucked in the northern section of Somerset County, New Jersey, the area known as the Somerset Hills has a rich history that Mr. Local History is proud to document. Each property was researched prior to submitting documentation to the state historic register. IF it meets the criteria, it then can be nominated to the National Registry of Historic Places. Take a look at the great historic landmarks of our hometown area. Bedminster, New Jersey Historic Sites McDonalds/Kline’s Mills, Klines Mill Road (1) Bedminster Township, New Jersey A…

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Kids Event Planning: History Coloring Book

Post Views: 3,263 Coloring History Opportunity for Kids T3 Consortium, a local company in the Somerset Hills, is proud to announce a new program for education programs to create a great program to make available for children while teaching them about some of the greatest historic people, places, and events in New Jersey’s Somerset Hills area including Bedminster, Bernards Twp, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. What better way to teach kids about local history than by having them color some of the greatest events in Somerset Hills history with…

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General Henry Knox – America’s Forgotten General

General Henry Knox at the age of 33

Post Views: 38,525 Father of the American Army Artillery Father of the American Navy Father of the Military Draft Fate has it often where those who put themselves in constant danger and face death every day are often spared until some freak accident takes them away from us. General Henry Knox, one of America’s most noteworthy and often overlooked Revolutionary War General fit that description after serving in some of America’s most famous battles, dies from eating a chicken bone.  Let’s take a look back at one of the greatest military…

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Bedminster Map Project Reveals Historic Pluckemin Artillery Park

Post Views: 2,812 Map Identifies Historic Properties, Owners, Building Locations, Local History Including the Lost Pluckemin Artillery Park With over 2,000 hours of painstaking research and countless renderings, the landscaping firm of John Charles Smith & Associates of Far Hills is preparing to release their latest effort, a historic look back at the history of Bedminster Township. The rendering highlights historic property lines, roads, buildings, and even the lost Pluckemin Artillery Park, home to America’s first military training academy.  The map project is a culmination of over two years of…

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1779 – Grand Alliance Ball – Pluckemin New Jersey

A visual representation of the facility that housed the 13 paintings for the Pluckemin celebration in 1779

Post Views: 12,031 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 Grand Alliance Ball of 1779 in Pluckemin.(Sometimes spelled Pluckamin) General Washington and 400 others attended the celebration held on the grounds of the Boylan House in 1779. The ball celebrated the first anniversary of the alliance with France, which ended in victory for the allies at Yorktown. The ball was…

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