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Basking Ridge Fire Company Carnival

Basking Ridge Fire Company No. 1 hosted its annual carnival Aug. 6-7, 1915 and used a real picture postcard to advertise the event.  The Moline fire engine, shown here in front of the old Maple Avenue school (now Bernards Township Library), was purchased in 1911.

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Sixth Street

On June 26, 1944, architect Peter P. Dupay (1900-1985) obtained a building permit for an addition to a residence on Sixth Street in Basking Ridge.[1] But where was Sixth Street?  And if Basking Ridge had a Sixth Street, where were First through Fifth? The answer is provided by an 1891 map[2] showing what was called

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Hillandale Demolished

“Hillandale” on the Mendham Township/Gladstone border was built in 1906 by architect Grosvenor Atterbury for George Rudolf Mosle (1865-1941), who made his fortune in the sugar industry.  In 1926, the mansion was sold to the Sisters of St. John the Baptist, the same order who later owned Blairsden in Peapack.  The sisters operated an orphanage

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British Army Officer Finds Peace and Honor in Pluckemin, NJ

Even in the heat of battle, there are moments that unite us as human beings. One such moment occurred on January 5, 1777 in Pluckemin, NJ. British Army Officer Capt. William Leslie, son of a Scottish nobleman, had been mortally wounded by the Continental Army at the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777. He was

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Sad Monument on Pond Hill Road

Just off Pond Hill Road in Bernards Township, NJ, is a lonely monument dedicated to the memory of Frederick W. Schmidt (1865-1926) who owned the nearby Millington Quarry (opened 1895).  In 1966, his heirs and the quarry donated 15 acres of land along the Passaic River, which is now Schmidt Park, and erected the monument.

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NJ’s Royal Charters: A Quiz

Bedminster Township was formed in 1749 through a royal charter during the reign of King George II. The original charter is beautifully framed and displayed in the Bedminster town hall thanks to a donation (2019) by Forbes Newspapers (see attached photos). The accompanying writeup says that it is one of only two extant royal charters

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Millington Trestle

An early picture postcard of the railroad trestle between Millington and Lyons addressed to Mrs. John Boyle in Liberty Corner.  The card has an undivided back which indicates it was printed before 1907, when the post office allowed a divider to separate a message from the address.  Mrs. John Boyle was Lydia Annin Boyle (1827-1907),

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Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon was the name of an area in northern Bernards Township (now the Borough of Bernardsville, NJ).  It stretched from Lloyd Road, where there was a little settlement at the junction of Hardscrabble Road, north to the Mendham border.  In the 1840s, a school called Mount Vernon School was built on the north side

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Town History Quiz

Can you put these five Somerset Hills towns in order by date of creation (oldest to newest)? –Peapack-Gladstone–Bernardsville–Bernards Township–Bedminster Township–Far Hills If you need help, consult the Somerset Hills Timeline:  https://somersethillshistoricalsociety.org/local-history/somerset-hills-history-101/ We’ll post the correct answer in a few days.

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George Ballentine

George Ballentine (1845-1912) of Peapack is listed as a farmer on the 1900 and 1910 U.S. censuses but also had a business selling lime and fencing.  Lime was used by farmers as a fertilizer and was produced in great quantity in Peapack as evidenced by the Moses Craig Lime Kilns on Main Street.  Charles P.

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  1. Hi Joseph, Maybe they were standard in Jersey City, but these were tiny for Bernards Twp. I’ve always heard them…

  2. Not sure where you got your information about "picnic" lots, but a 25' x 100' lot was a standard size…

  3. The trust bought the open land (athletic fields and woodland). The site of the buildings was sold to a developer.

  4. I hope the open space will still be preserved. Did the trust own the mansion when it was demolished?