The BRJ is about everything that makes our area of New Jersey special and unique. It's the diversity of people, places and ideas. It's a place where history blends with the contemporary, where horsepower dwells in the stables as well as the garages, where innovation blends with tradition, where suburban meets rural, where uptown meets country, where forest meets farm. It's a place where horses, Harleys, and hybrids, bikes and balers, Maseratis and Model-Ts, pick-ups and pedestrians all share the road.
In every bi-monthly issue of the The BRJ we explore New Jersey’s “Greenheart Country” - a unique geographic region of the Garden State which we have expanded on to include the Somerset Hills (Bedminster, Far Hills, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Peapack Gladstone), Mendham, Chester, Tewksbury Township, Long Valley, Califon, and the surrounding areas. In each edition we publish regular and rotating columns featuring:
Ten years ago, my husband and I gave up our careers, packed up our beach house, and traded our life on the shore in New England for a life in the country in Northwest New Jersey. We moved into the Victorian "Mill House" in Pottersville, the house I grew up in, which was built by my great great-grandfather, Robert Craig, in 1876. My ancestors, mostly farmers and millers by trade, were some of the earliest settlers in our area. They planted crops and vast orchards in the rolling fields, ground grain for flour along the rivers, and helped found some of our earliest churches and communities.
For me, our entire region has always been a very special and unique place, layered with a rich and colorful history, natural beauty, unsurpassed charm, a broad spectrum of architecture and landscapes, powerful personalities and incredible people. As we began exploring the towns and small villages, farms and grand estates, and the trails and rivers, we uncovered stories that had to be told, found places that had to be explored, and made new friends that we wanted to share our excitement with. Drawing on my husband’s talent as a writer and editor and my experience as a custom publisher and marketing representative with McGraw Hill and Holt, Rinehart, Winston, - The Black River Journal was born.
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