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THSSH Program - History of Street Names in Bernards Township & Member Social
Date: September 21, 2017
While we were sad to announce that June Kennedy, a former Trustee at THSSH for over 20 years and the former Bernards Township historian, was unable to present, Brooks Betz, a friend of June's who had worked with her on the project in the past stepped in to present.
June Kennedy had been involved with history as soon as she moved to town from Little Silver, New Jersey. During the "boom boom" build years in Bernards Township starting in the 1960's, she became increasingly frustrated at developers who were building in the township and naming streets after their sons, daughters, golf clubs and whatever else. So she got involved.
Based on discussions with June, she named over 40 streets as historian and was an advisor to David Schley and the Bernards Township Engineering Department up until five years ago.
Download History of Bernards Township Street Names by June Kennedy
Currently there are 463 named streets in Bernards Township (about 40 more from when the original file was created by June Kennedy). So what letter is king of the pile? The letter C has the most street names with 52.
Next is the letter S with 47. You'd expect S to be up there in the count considering South is a pretty popular starting point for street names. The next three round out with H, B, and W respectively.
Street Names by Various Categories
Next we took the street names and broke them down by the most logical category based on June Kennedy's orgins comments from her street names file. The winner with 96 streets was the category "Feature", meaning a feature of the landscape. Next was a "Family name/Resident" of a local family, then followed by "England". Note that the category "Developer" is the reason June got into the street naming business!
Here's the list of the 29 streets that started the campaign to stop developers from naming their own streets.
And finally, the 80 Bernards Township streets named after local residents.
Thanks for all who attended the event on September 21, 2017.
Submitted: Brooks Betz, THSSH Programming Chair
About the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)
Founded in 1928 originally as the Historical Society of Basking Ridge, the mission and name of the society was later changed to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization including all five communities of the Somerset Hills region: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville ,Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone which are all located in Somerset County, New Jersey.
The mission of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) is to acquire, conserve and share local artifacts and information on matters of local historic interest; cultivate interest in local history; encourage the preservation of local historic resources; facilitate historic research; and preserve, operate, and interpret the Brick Academy.
To further this mission, THSSH sponsors events and activities that promote community awareness and appreciation of the history and architecture of the Somerset Hills. THSSH headquarters is at the Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, where our collections of items of local historic interest are available to the public.
About The Brick Academy
The Brick Academy (also known as the Basking Ridge Classical Schoolhouse) is a 1809 Federal-style architectural structure located in the center of Basking Ridge in Bernards Township. The Brick Academy has been a boys’ private preparatory school, a public school, a meeting hall for several fraternal and benevolent organizations, and the Bernards Township municipal building. It currently serves as the headquarters of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, as well as a schoolhouse and museum to local history. The Brick Academy also celebrated its bicentennial in 2009.
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