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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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Mount Airy Road

Mount Airy Road at intersection of Lake Road, looking north toward Whitenack Road.  Prior to Interstate 287 which opened in 1966, Mount Airy was a country road. Photo by Norman Hankinson, c.1955.

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Basking Ridge Free Public Circulating Library

In 1907, the Basking Ridge Free Public Circulating Library, forerunner of the present Bernards Township Library,  was located at 25 South Finley in the Ira Pruden house, now home to Ridge Italian Comfort Food restaurant.  A bowling alley in the basement generated income to cover library expenses.  Prior to that, the Christopher Barkalow House, 31

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H. W. Alward, Inc.

The intersection of Pill Hill Road and Mount Airy was once called Oak Stump Corner and has a rich history. [1]   On the northwest corner in Bernardsville was the long-time home of the H. W. Alward construction company.  Founded by Henry W. Alward (1905-1971), the company provided employment for many in the area, and its

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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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  1. Congratulations to Ann Wazeter for getting the correct answer!

  2. And the answer is: Bedminster Twp . . . . . .1749 Bernards Twp . . . . . .…

  3. Who was your Grandfather? Charles P was my Great Grandfather as well...

  4. 1bedminster 2bernards 3 peapack 4 far hills 5 bernardsville