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History in the Somerset Hills, New Jersey

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Many people have asked why post all this history stuff on the area you’re calling the Somerset Hills. Well, call it passion. Call it intrigue. Call it local awareness. I think that the main reason is whenever I asked a question about history in the area, the information wasn’t available. I didn’t want to wait to go to the library, and I didn’t have time to go to the local historical societies. But I moved to the area and said, “If I’m gonna be a local, I need to learn something about the history”.

In today’s era of “give it to me now”, we’ve become a bit spoiled regarding information. We want it fast and we want it now. So here it is….Click Here.

Why Somerset Hills? The Somerset Hills is a New Jersey area in Somerset County including the towns of Bedminster, Basking Ridge/Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, and Peapack/Gladstone. Wow that’s a mouthful. In an effort to open up history of this area on the internet, we’ve partnered with a number of non-profit historical societies and local historical efforts to assist their transition to the internet. But as it took a long time to create history, it’s going to take a while to bend some minds and get some to understand that the internet is just a different way to communicate information.

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So here’s this blog. Our attempt to post of few items, and see what you’ve got to say. We’d love to hear your thoughts. There’s a good attempt at a Historical Mapping Mashup. Check it out  by clicking here.

An overview and press release can be found at http://www.t3consortium.com/media/pr_2007_03_somerset_hills_history_mashup.htm

Identified Locations:
Alward Homestead / Alward Farmhouse , Bedminster Hotel / Howard Hotel / Willie’s Tavern, Boudinot-Southard-Ross Property, Coffee House – 1804 House (Private),Dr. Henry and Phoebe Vanderveer House, Essex Hunt Club – Private, Far Hills Race Meeting Site, Gladstone Train Station,Historic District – Basking Ridge,Historic District – Franklin Corners,Historic District – Lamington, Historic District – Liberty Corner,Historic District – Pluckemin,Historic District – Pottersville,Jacobus Vanderveer House (Public),Jockey Hollow – Morristown Ntl Historic Park,John Jacob Astor Estate (Public),Lamington Black Cemetery,Lord Stirling Manor,Lore – Devils Tomb,Lore – Jacobs Ladder,Lore – Phareloch Haunted Castle (Private),Lore – The Devil Tree,Lore – Vealtown Tavern,Mansion – Blairsden (Private),Mansion – Boulderwood (Private),Mansion – Craigmore (Private),Mansion – Hamilton Farm (Public/Private),Mansion – Mosey/Hillandale Estate – (Private),Mansion – Natirar Estate – Kate Macy Ladd,Mansion – Peachcroft (Private),Mansion – Shale House (Private),Mansion – Stronghold (Private),Mansion – The Maples,Mansion – Trump / Delorean Estate,Mansion – Upton Pyne (Private),Mansion – USGA Museum – Frothingham Estate,Mansion – Kenilwood (Private),Mansion – Yademos (Private),McDonalds/Kline’s Mills (Private),Mellick – This Old Farm,Peapack Limestone Kiln,Pluckemin Artillery Encampment (Private),Reynolds – Scherman House (Private),The Brick Academy,Widow Whites Tavern Site.

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