Manning’s Auction

We bet many attics in the Somerset Hills still contain “antiques” bought at Manning’s Auction in Peapack, N.J.  Robert “Col. Bob” Manning (1926-1994) founded and ran the business (1972-1988), first at the Kay Memorial Building on Willow Avenue and later on Main Street, Peapack.   Residents would flock to the auctions on Friday or Saturday night

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Lyons Train Station

Lyons became a stop on the New Jersey West Line railroad (now NJ Transit) when the line was extended to Bernardsville in 1872.  In 1906, the station was a flag stop, meaning trains stopped only on a signal.  In 1910, in the case of William J. Kearns et al.  vs. The Lackawanna, the NJ Board

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Maple Avenue School Pennant

This red and white pennant from Maple Avenue School in Basking Ridge dates probably to 1948-1969.      Maple Avenue School, also known as Basking Ridge School, was built in 1903 to replace the Brick Academy and Franklin Corners School.   In 1939, it was closed after the new Oak Street School was built.  Bernards Township planned

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Bedminster Inn Matchbox

A matchbox from the Bedminster Inn on Main Street (Route 202) in Bedminster, NJ.   The box pre-dates 1989 when area code 908 replaced 201.  After the Bedminster Inn, the restaurant became Willie’s Taverne and then Delicious Heights.

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The History of Meeker Road

Meeker Road is generally straight, running from Route 202 in Bernardsville to Whitenack Road in Bernards Township, but the story of the street’s name took some twists and turns.  The Simpson family lived on the road in the 1850s and at some point it was called Saunders Road, apparently after another family. In 1872, Stephen

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