Sidney “Sid” Sussman (1919-2009) was a Bernardsville icon, who ran a small department store in town at various locations for over 60 years. He was also known for his work with the Bernardsville Kiwanis Club and the Fresh Air Fund of New York. From around 1953 to 1977, Sid wrote a weekly column/advertisement in The

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Vallacchi’s Garage

During the 1940s, Vallacchi’s Garage at 55 Mine Brook Road (Rte 202), Bernardsville, N.J., was the place to go for a new Kaiser or Frazer automobile.  The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation, founded in 1945, was a successful company at a time when the big three automakers were slowly transitioning to a peacetime economy.   In 1946, while the

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Moggy Hollow

Driving east from Far Hills on Liberty Corner Road (before you get to I-287), the land drops off to the right into a deep gorge called Moggy Hollow.   This was once, 19,000 to 14,000 years ago, the outlet to Lake Passaic, a 30-mile-long lake, created when the Wisconsin Glacier blocked the area’s natural drainage system.

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Building Lane

Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge was once called Building Lane after the ruins of Lord Stirling’s mansion which were known locally as “The Buildings.” The name continued into the 20th century although visible ruins of the mansion were long gone. The change coincided with the introduction of streetlights along the road in 1931. The

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Trapping Foxes in Basking Ridge

When my brother Stuart ‘Budge’ Booth (1939- 2002) was a kid in the early 1950s, he used to go across Maple Avenue and set traps over towards the Great Swamp.  We lived on South Finley Avenue.  In the morning before school he would check his traps, and if there was a fox caught, he would

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