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More Revolutionary Spies

Did you enjoy the THSSH February program on Revolutionary Spies?  Our speaker, Damien Cregeau, was recently interviewed by Revolution 250 and provided more insights on the subject including on the Mersereau Ring of New Brunswick.  If you missed Damien in February or just want to hear more on Revolutionary espionage, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this

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David Dumont

This 1899 letterhead from David Dumont (1863-1909) shows the account of Charles Bird of Liberty Corner. When the railroad reached Far Hills in 1890, David Dumont quit farming and became a dealer in coal and lumber. In 1899, Dumont and Evander Schley divided up Dumont’s old farm into lots for what became the village of

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Reuben Freeman of Liberty Corner

Read about Reuben Freeman, a 19th-century African-American resident of Liberty Corner in the May 2024 issue of the THSSH newsletter. Born free of slave parents, Reuben was required by law to serve the Annin family for 25 years. Click the link below and scroll to Page 3 to read full article. https://somersethillshistoricalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Newsletter-May2024.pdf

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Pottersville’s Lower Mill

The Lower Mill stood along the Lamington River in what is now Pottersville’s Historic District. The building dated from around 1842 and produced flour till 1915. By the late 20th century, the building was deteriorating and was torn down in 1972. The machinery was saved and used to restore the Cooper Mill in Chester Township.

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Early History of Maple Avenue School

Bernards Township teacher Louise M. Flint compiled a scrapbook during the 1930s and 1940s that looked back at the early history of Maple Avenue School, or Basking Ridge School as it was called.    Mrs. Flint credited Mrs. Fred Kampmier, Sr., with giving her the following early facts and construction photos. Basking Ridge School – Maple

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Card House

Basking Ridge lost a treasure when Interstate 287 came through the Somerset Hills.  The Card House, dating to colonial times, stood on the north side of West Oak St., just to the east of Harrison’s Brook.  In the early 1800s it was home to the family of Daniel Henry (1774-1850).   Later occupants were the Card

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Tennis Court House

In 1900, a house stood where the tennis/pickleball courts now are on West Oak Street in Basking Ridge, NJ.  This vintage photo looks east along West Oak and up the hill toward what is now Brownlee Place.   On the 1873 Beers map of Somerset County, the house was shown as the property of Dr. Whitnall

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Liberty Corner School 1912

Class photo from Liberty Corner (NJ) School.   The flag appears to have 46 stars, which would date the photo to around 1912, the last year that flag was in use.   Hazel Bird (b. 1900) is fourth from the left in the back row (with large bow-tie).  At that time, most graduates from Liberty Corner who

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Charles W. Engelhard, Jr.

Charles Engelhard, Jr. (1917-1971) was an American industrialist and resident of the Cragwood Estate in Far Hills. Many writers mention that Engelhard may have been the model for Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger and recount the lavish parties Charles and his wife Jane threw for friends and neighbors. But Engelhard was a successful businessman and expanded the

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Charles P. Bird & His Carriage

Today’s photo shows Charles Pitman Bird (1856-1933) and his father John Watson Bird (1825-1902) checking out a new carriage around 1901 near Minebrook Road in Liberty Corner, NJ . The carriage was purchased from the Ballantine & Van Fleet Carriage Mfg. Co. of Somerville for $40 (see receipt). Ballantine & Van Fleet operated at 200-210

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  1. The 1889 edition is can also be downloaded from the Internet Archive and from Google Books. The Bernardsville Library local…

  2. Roy such an interesting article. I didn't know anything about Stonemere. Many of the mansions on the Bernards Mountain had…

  3. Too bad it happened well before the bicentennial. It might have been saved 6 or 8 years later!

  4. My family lived in the Old Pottersville Hotel in the late 60’s before Southfield Drive was built. Large pieces of…