Be part of the Widow White’s Tavern inaugural run.
Mr Local History is proud to announce the upcoming release of the 7th in the collectible series, the infamous 1776 Widow White’s Tavern in the village of Basking Ridge. Orders for this inaugural run are now being taken online. Only a limited number will be produced.
The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of our community. Keepsakes are selected based on community feedback and a voting process. Brooks Betz stated, “these are the communities most famous historic icons.”
The Infamous Widow White’s Tavern Tavern that Changed the Course of American History
The Mr. Local History Project has been researching this story for years. We believe that this might just be one of the greatest incidents in American history.
- Widow White’s Tavern – How a grog tavern became one of the most historic landmarks in American history
- Widow White’s Tavern – Part 2 – We keep digging
- The Cat’s Meow Village Company – how they became America’s iconic wooden collectibles.
The Historic Keepsake Series
The Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow village project is part of a multi-year effort to promote and preserve history in the Somerset Hills including Bedminster, Bernards Twp., Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone. The series was started by Brooks Betz, a resident of Basking Ridge. “There are so many great historic icons in the Somerset Hills and we’re really excited to launch our keepsake program in conjunction with the Society’s 90th anniversary. We plan on adding additional keepsakes throughout the year and will even sponsor a contest where the public gets to vote for a future keepsake.” The keepsake is meant to display on a counter or shelf. It is made of a sturdy 3/4″ handmade wood block and then painted.
Many people collect other village pieces and build a village collection. The creations are part of the historic Cat’s Meow Village Collection, which has been producing iconic wood ornaments for over 35 years.
Local organizations and businesses will be producing limited batches of selected Somerset Hills Keepsake Village collectibles. All collectibles will be available online via the Mr. Local History Gift Shop.
How do I Get One?
The easiest way to get one is to order online via our Etsy Store.
Our online store accepts multiple forms of payment including credit/debit cards and Paypal. Orders are now being taken online. The collection is the ultimate local personal gift. Great for those moving into the area, or for those who’ve left the area. They also make great gifts for those who just like to remember the fond memories of the area.
The Cat’s Meow Village Company of Wooster, Ohio
The Cat’s Meow Village is a small company founded in Wooster, Ohio in 1982 from one simple wooden house Faline cutout on her grandfather’s saw in the loft of the hog barn. 35 years later, Jones with her crew continues to craft “little wooden buildings” of local, national, and international landmarks that spark memories and kindle smiles on the faces of “real life adventurers” like you.
The Somerset Hills Historic Village is created by the Mr. Local History Project, who is affiliated with T3 Consortium who then licenses out to various organizations for fundraising and promotional activities.