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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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  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.