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  • 1969 - The descendents of Grant Schley sold Schley Mountain for $2.2 million for development of what is now known as The Hills Development of Bedminster and Bernards Township. By the time construction began in earnest on the Bernards side in the mid-1990s, Johns-Manville had sold its 50 percent share to William E. Simon and Sons. This group, in turn, auctioned off huge parcels to major home builders like K. Hovnanian, Pulte Homes and Toll Brothers.

  • Move over West Point, historians now believe that before the famed United States Military Academy was established by President Thomas Jefferson's signed legislation in 1802 and artillery training at the site goes back to 1794, there was an earlier army training academy established in 1778, nestled in the Somerset Hills behind the second Watchung Mountain in Pluckemin, New Jersey.

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