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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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Somerset Hills Airport

In 1932, Somerset Hills Airport was dedicated, and a commemorative envelope marked the occasion. Postmarked in Basking Ridge, it went airmail of course! The airport was located on the east side of South Maple Avenue at the corner of Lord Stirling Road. The facility was built on the former Walter E. Fenner (1885-1965) property. A

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Martha Bell, Post Office Horse

In the early years of the 20th century, mail was delivered in Basking Ridge by horse and cart.  The inscription reads “ ‘Martha Bell’ after 6 years service on Route 1, Basking Ridge, NJ” (Nettie Allen Collection).  The post office started experimenting with Rural Free Delivery (RFD) in the late 19th century and expanded it

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Basking Ridge in Revolutionary Days

Passages from the memoir of Eliza Susan Morton Quincy (d. 1850) were reprinted in this memorable booklet by the Basking Ridge Historical Society (now The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills) for Bernards Township’s 200th anniversary in 1960.  Eliza’s father, John Morton, brought his family to Basking Ridge in 1776 from New York City to

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Somerset Hills Peaches, 1886

Peaches became a major cash crop in the Somerset Hills during the late 19th century. Farmers gained new markets with the arrival of the New Jersey West Line Railroad in Bernardsville (1872) and the Rockaway Valley Railroad in Pottersville and Gladstone (1889-90).  Railroads were used to ship peaches and other commodities to cities all along

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Sanborn Insurance Maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance maps provide a treasure trove of local historical information and may be accessed free on the Library of Congress website. Originally created to allow fire insurance companies to underwrite properties, the maps provide detailed historical views of many cities and towns.  https://www.loc.gov/item/sanborn05418_002/ Olcott Square, Bernardsville, is shown on this 1909 map. There

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Belcher Family

UPDATE Oct. 27, 2023: Descendant Found! A friend spotted this lost family on the discard pile after the VNA Rummage Sale in Far Hills.  On the back, the photo is identified as the family of Malcolm Belcher (1887-1987),  who was the longest serving mayor of Far Hills (1938-1965).  The fairgrounds in Far Hills is named

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  1. Hi Joseph, Maybe they were standard in Jersey City, but these were tiny for Bernards Twp. I’ve always heard them…

  2. Not sure where you got your information about "picnic" lots, but a 25' x 100' lot was a standard size…

  3. The trust bought the open land (athletic fields and woodland). The site of the buildings was sold to a developer.

  4. I hope the open space will still be preserved. Did the trust own the mansion when it was demolished?