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Our Lady of Perpetual Help

The Rectory and Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bernardsville around 1905. The Rev. Joseph A. Ryan (1870-1929) served as the first pastor (1898-1914), at first without a church. Services were held initially at the Somerset Inn on Mendham Road. The church opened its doors in 1900 with major support from

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The Sad Story of Lurline Drive

Lurline Drive was accepted as a street by Bernards Township in 1962 and is a lasting memorial to Lurline Eberhardt (1925-1948), a young equestrian who tragically lost her life.   Lurline was the daughter of Paul W. Eberhardt and Lurline Belk.  Her father was a vice president of Walter Kidde & Co., which manufactured fire extinguishers,

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Mr. ZIP

This Post Office postcard encouraging the use of the 07920 (Basking Ridge) ZIP code is a recent addition to the Historical Society’s archives at the Brick Academy. A gift from Barbara Perkins, the card features “Mr. ZIP” and was found in a house on North Alward Avenue. ZIP stands for the “Zone Improvement Plan,” which

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What Is It?

When they go to the dump, residents of Bernardsville and Basking Ridge always drive by this strange building at the corner of Pill Hill Road and Ann Street.  But what is it? The building is a sewage pumping station.  In 1952, the Bernardsville Council authorized $65,000 in bonds for its construction on a three tenths

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Bedminster Reformed Church

The Bedminster Reformed Church was organized in 1758 and built three churches during its history. The second (photo left) was a wooden structure built in 1818. It stood facing south in the old cemetery on Route 202-206. After a new church was built on Main Street in Bedminster village in 1897 (currently Grace Chapel), the

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