1782 – William Willet supplied grain to Washington's Army, but was bankrupted by the devaluation of Continental Currency. He sold his mills to Captain Samuel Potter. Captain Samuel's grandson, Serring, played an important role in the growth and development of the Pottersville. The town became known as "Potter's Mills," and was later officially named "Pottersville." The village is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1961 - Ridge High School in Bernards Twp opened in September 1961 with a student population of 492 students in grades 9 through 12. The rising seniors were brought back from Bernardsville High School to become the first graduating class of the new high school. The remaining grades 9, 10, and 11 came from Oak Street Junior High. On October 6, 1959, the voters of Bernards Township approved the referendum calling for a bond issue of $1,532,000.
Street Fair 11am-5pm
Entertainment – 11am-10pm
Expect visitors to the downtown Basking Ridge section of Bernards Twp celebration to reach over 10,000 as the festivities commence with the Town Crier conducting the opening ceremonies on the downtown green at 11am. Bernards Twp includes the areas including Basking Ridge, Lyons, Liberty Corner, and West Millington.
Charter Day commemorates the anniversary of the granting of a township Charter by King George II of England, establishing Bernardston
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This act was as a courtesy and in appreciation for the
services of Sir Francis Bernard, Royal Governor of New Jersey. From January 27, 1758 to July 4, 1760 Sir Francis Bernard, son of a British Reverend was appointed for two years as Royal Governor of New Jersey.
The Brick Academy, home to the Historical Society of theSomerset Hills will be open for the entire day celebrating it's 203rd birthday. We hope you'll stop by for a visit. We are just off the town green.
The original Charter Day was May 24, 1760
Above: Governor Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey (1758-1760) sits next to a replica of the official Charter of Bernardston. Click on each image to learn more.
Close Down the Streets -
It's Time for a Festival!
This will be Bernards Township's 19th
annual Charter Day Festival promises to be
a fun and festive day with food, games, rides for the kids, local vendors, art displays, service groups
and reminders of history all joined together at this annual street fair and festival right in the heart of the Bernards Twp section of downtown BaskingRidge.
The Brick Academy will be open from 11am-5pm. Stop by to see new exhibits, the 1800's schoolhouse top floor.
New gifts and keepsakes for the kids.
Just off the Town Green.
Sure to be a classic Bernards Township local collectible, "Around and About - Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, and Lyons, a 148 page limited release available from the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills at the Brick Academy.
The book is available for direct purchase for $20.00
Author: June Kennedy (pictured)
A limited number of copies are still available - Click Here for details
Musical entertainment will include musical groups
performing on two stages and will include a local "Battle of the Bands" event at the Henry Street stage.
The nearby Oak Street school field will be the place for kiddie rides, attractions,
moon bounces, slides, and other various rides for kids young and old.
The day promises to be one filled with crafts, games, rides, music,
art, food, vendors, historical displays, local school and organizations'
What better way to celebrate the Township's history than
by living it? Happy birthday, Bernards Township!
Parking and shuttle bus available at the Municipal Complex on Collyer Lane and Ridge High School.
Exhibits & Booth Space
Booth Space Forms Now Avaiable
(New Applicants only)
Renewal vendor registration information for Charter Day will be mailed in late January each year to all previous years Charter Day Vendors and those who have submitted a Charter Day Vendor Interest Form.
New vendors who wish to receive registration information may complete our interest form to be placed on the mailing list. Click here to download the vendor interest form.
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Bernards Twp Charter Day Festival,
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