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Peapack & Gladstone Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Join in the celebration on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 12-5pm at Komline Park for an old fashioned Country Fair and community celebration.

Peapack Gladstone 100 years

Komline Park is in Gladstone, located off Pottersville Road at the end of Apgar Avenue. On-site parking will be available or residents can choose to walk from Liberty Park by crossing the railroad tracks and Peapack Brook and following the trail uphill and to the right into Komline Park.

Celebrating 100 Years!

As part of the year long celebration of the infamous succession from Bedminster, the villages of Peapack and Gladstone will honor and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of two great towns that are part of our historic Somerset Hills.

Organized and supported by the 100th Anniversary Committee and the Peapack Gladstone Historic Preservation Committee, local church groups, the Township Recreation Department, and many civic organizations and volunteers.

"This will be the greatest celebration of our time", noted John C. Smith, local resident and head of the PG Historic Preservation Committee and THSSH member. "It's going to be a really fantastic event and we all hope everyone comes out and supports our great communities."

Food and games will be provided at no charge. Old fashioned children's activities including sac races, three legged races, dunk tank, and tug of war and other fun games will occur throughout the day.

Activities/Events include: Download Brochure - Click Here

  • 17 piece Big Band Orchestra playing live (Jerry Costanzo)
  • 100th anniversary photo montage of historic photos on the big screen
  • Historic Photo Montage (then and now)
  • Firefighter's Beer Paddock
  • Ice Cream Truck
  • Picnic atmosphere (all inclusive)
  • Games
  • Antique Auto Exhibit presented by local residents
  • Local churches desserts buffet

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100 Year "Then & Now" Photo Montage Exhibit

In 1912, Peapack-Gladstone seceded from the township and was incorporated as a twin borough under New Jersey Legislature Bill 483, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Woodrow Wilson, according to the book. The official date of the borough’s incorporation is April 23, 1912, according to 100th Anniversary Committee meeting minutes.

A 100th anniversary photo montage will also be presented to the public on June 2. Created by local resident Ed Edelson, he's gathered photos that have never been seen before. "I've spent literally years creating what's going to be shown on June 2nd," note Edelson. Mr. Edelson has been working with local residents and scoured countless collections to come up with what he hopes everyone will find very interesting. The great part of his presentation will be the "then and now" comparison. See today what things looked like 100 years ago!

While settled back in 1701, it was not until 1912 when Peapack and Gladstone broke from Bedminster and formed their own townships. Learn more about the historic families that make up these great villages. Names like Tiger, Hill, and Smith all will be gathering at Komline Park on Saturday, June 2, 2012.

Everyone is invited.


How do you find out about future 100th Anniversary events?

Peapack Gladstone 100th AnniversarySimple - Go to Facebook and "Like Us" - we'll let you know as the additional events post including:

  • Lecture - History of the local Railroads
  • Lecture - Hamilton Farm - The legendary Brady estate.
  • Event - Fall Walking Tour of Peapack and Gladstone
  • Event - The caves of Peapack/ Gladstone
  • Lecture - C. Ledyard Blair / Blairsden - Peapack / Gladstone's most famous Resident

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About The Brick Academy

BR_Brick_Academy_Sketch_08_sm.jpgThe 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.


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.



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