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[20 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 5,496 views]
Wheeler Corporation Builds New Jersey’s First Stran Steel Home in Basking Ridge – 1938

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Bernardsville News – August 15, 2013
As part of the Bernardsville News history retrospective, this piece was recently reported to have occured 75 years ago. Based on the original article posted back on June 30, 1938, there seems to be truth to the story. The question remains, is the house in Basking Ridge, New Jersey the first steel frame house in the state?
STEEL FRAME HOUSE OPEN TO INSPECTION IN OAK STREET
“What is believed to be the first steel frame house in New Jersey” was now under construction …

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[8 Dec 2012 | No Comment | 5,505 views]
Why Colonial Christmas Works

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Who likes history? Who likes Christmas? There’s an event that’s been going on now for ten years at a beautifully restored colonial home in Bedminster, New Jersey The event is called Colonial Christmas, and it’s time to recognize what a great event it is. Called the Jacobus Vanderveer House (pronounced  Jake-O- Bus Vander Veer - it’s a Dutch thing), once a college rental flop house has transformed into one of the most beautifully restored federal home designs in America. But it’s colonial Christmas where they’re combining a little  history, tourism, tradition, and a whole bunch …

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[4 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 9,211 views]
General Henry Knox – America’s Forgotten General

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Father of the American Army Artillery
Father of the American Navy
Father of the Draft
Fate has it often where those who put themselves in constant danger and face death every day are often spared until some freak accident takes them away from us. General Henry Knox, one of America’s most noteworthly and often overlooked Revolutionary War General fit that description after serving in some of America’s fiersiest battles, dies from eating a chicken bone.  Let’s take a look back at one of the greatest military geniuses of our time, …

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[16 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 11,578 views]
Consolidate 5 NJ Towns NOW – New Somerset Hills Township

Bernardsville News -
Consolidation of five local towns advocated
Posted: Friday, July 15, 2011 3:00 am
EDITOR: When will enough be enough?
The runaway costs for public services have come to a point where hard decisions have to be made and services need cuts, consolidation, or elimination. Will some people be upset – sure some people will be upset. It might become even downright painful.
But if we don’t think that municipal taxes, education taxes and county taxes are out of control, you’re either not paying your taxes, or you’ve just moved from Essex County …

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[22 May 2011 | No Comment | 5,870 views]
Bedminster Map Project Reveals Historic Pluckemin Artillery Park

Map Identifies Historic Properties, Owners, Building Locations, Local History Including the Lost Pluckemin Artillery Park
With over 2,000 hours of painstaking research and countless renderings, the landscaping firm of John Charles Smith & Associates of Far Hills is preparing to release their latest effort, a historic look back at the history of Bedminster Township. The rendering highlights historic property lines, roads, buildings, and even the lost Pluckemin Artillery Park, home to America’s first military training academy. 
The map project is a culmination of over two years of effort to document landowners and landmarks of the areas past by selecting …

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[1 May 2011 | No Comment | 9,972 views]
George Washington’s Society of the Cincinnati Medal Sells for $5.3million

It was back in December 2007 when George Washington’s Society of the Cincinnati medal was auctioned off at Sotheby’s for a whopping $5,305,000. Founded by General Washington and other officers of the Continental and French armies who served in the American Revolution, the Society of the Cincinnati is the oldest and most prestigious of America’s many hereditary societies. However, the Society was not one of the favorites of the American Congress.
Louis XVI was himself a member, and the Society was known as the ordre de Cincinnatus in France, where it …

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[4 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 14,920 views]
Titanic Survivor Astor and Basking Ridge

Noted High Society Playboy and Titanic Survivor Brings Notoriety to  Bernards Township.
It’s a fun story, but you’ve gotta hang in there. First we need a little background about John’s father, the one who didn’t survive the Titanic disaster.
In 1909 John Jacob Astor IV divorced his wife Ava and, two years later, married his eighteen-year-old mistress Madeleine Talmadge Force, which scandalized New York society . Mr and Mrs Astor travelled to Egypt and Paris and, in the spring of 1912, decided to return to America as First Class passengers on board …

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[10 May 2010 | No Comment | 8,025 views]
Glen Beck Founding Fathers Series Needs General Henry Knox

Founding Fathers Series turns Glen Beck into a History Teacher.
No one knew how popular the Glen Beck Show would become.  Commonly referred to as a TV shock jock (sorry Howard), no matter how you feel about the personality, Glen Beck has become a lightening rod. Liberals hate him, conservatives love him. Now there’s a new angle – he’s a teacher with his new weekly segment “Founder’s Friday”, where he’s profiling some of America’s most prominent American figures of all time.
What’s all this interest in the late 18th century figures? Some …

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[18 Jan 2010 | 4 Comments | 15,328 views]
Getting Published – Making a Arcadia Local History Book

Getting published – Making a local history book using Arcadia.
Arcadia Publishing is America’s largest publisher of regional and local history books. Do you have a great idea for a history book and you want to become an author? Arcadia does have a proven process for getting your idea compiled, printed, and distributed. It’s actually quite easy if you have a strong archive, a good sense of history and the research needed, and a small group of promoters that can get the word out.
Here’s your chance to tell your story – …

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[21 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 3,503 views]
The 13 Paintings at the Pluckemin Academy

The New Jersey Gazette – Trenton, March 3, 1779
A description of the thirteen paintings exhibited at the first anniversary of the Franco-American Treaty of Alliance, celebrated at Pluckemin on February 18, 1779.
The anniversary of America’s alliance with France was celebrated on the 18th ultimo at Pluckemin, at a very elegant entertainment and display of fireworks given by General Knox, and the officers of artillery. It was postponed to this late day on account of His Excellency General Washington’s absence from camp. General Washington — the principal officers of the army: …