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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Hartfeld House

During the 1930s and 40s, Burnt Mills in Bedminster boasted a summer hotel, the Hartfeld House, run by Solomon Hartfeld / Hartfield (1866-1947) and his son Isadore (1890-1976), Jewish immigrants from Austria.  The hotel was built on the old Paulison farm along the North Branch of the Raritan River, above the current Burnt Mills Road

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Peapack Postcard

This old postcard from the Society’s archives tells a great story–more like three stories.  Back in 1906, someone named Mattie (probably Martha E. Boyle Fenner of Peapack) decided to write to her sister Mrs. Philip Koechlein (Floretta Boyle Koechlein, 1877-1966) in Liberty Corner where the Koechlein family later operated a store. Click on the photo

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

  2. My mother’s family went way back in Peapack-Gladstone. When my uncle T Leonard Hill built a swimming pool behind his…

  3. There is a resident of Gladstone that built a scale model of the bridge that went through Gladstone. It should…

  4. My family and I lived in West Oak St. for 32 years and never knew any of this . Thank…

  5. Hi Dan, Haven't traced it back further than that 1873 map, but it definitely looks earlier.