Old Liberty Corner School

This early wood schoolhouse, originally called the Jefferson school, stood on the west side of Lyons Road, north of the triangle in Liberty Corner, NJ.  It was built around 1853 to replace an earlier school, which had burned down.   The building is clearly marked on a map from the 1873 Beers Atlas of Somerset County

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In 1902 C. Ledyard Blair, who was then in the process of completing the construction of his Blairsden mansion in what is now Peapack-Gladstone, NJ, proposed changing the name of Peapack to Westminster. Obviously, the suggestion didn’t go anywhere.

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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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Malcolm Forbes, Fr. Draus, and the 1950 Census

Have you found yourself, parents, or grandparents on the 1950 U.S. Census?  The National Archives made this census public on April 1, 2022, and you can search for people by name after registering for a free ID at:  The 1950 Census provides a wealth of information on individuals—famous and not-so-famous—and the neighborhoods they lived

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Classic Christmas Card

Often, Christmas cards are discarded after the holidays, but this classic from the THSSH Archives contains many clues to local history.  The card was sent to Madeline Koechlein (c.1905-1991) of Liberty Corner, NJ, by her Aunt Mattie (probably Martha E. Boyle Fenner of Peapack).  Although not postmarked, the card probably dates to around 1910.  The

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Bernardsville Beer Bottle

THSSH now has an Otto Heizmann beer bottle to go with our Heizmann whisky jug.  From previous research on Otto Heizmann (1879-1936), we were able to date both the bottle and jug to around 1911-1913.  Otto was born in Switzerland and by the 1910 U.S. Census was a wholesale liquor dealer living in Stirling, Morris

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