You’ll enjoy a tour through New Vernon, Far Hills, Bedminster, Pottersville, Liberty Corner and Basking Ridge. You’ll be climbing approximately 4,600 feet on beautiful rural roads. You’ll also have an opportunity to view several picturesque creeks and rivers along the way. This year the 70 mile tour is based on our 45 mile ride to add a more traditional feel and a bit more challenge. It adds a 25 mile loop from Harry Dunham Park out and back that goes along the Black River to Pottersville. From there you return to Harry Dunham Park for a second time. From there it takes the common route along with the 35 ,45, and 100 mile tours.
Highlights for 70-mile tour:
- Evander H. Schley, a land developer and real estate broker from New York, purchased thousands of acres in Bedminster and Bernards townships in the 1880s. One day in 1887, Schley′s brother, Grant, and his wife, Elizabeth, arrived by horse-drawn carriage to see Evander’s farms. Elizabeth is said to have remarked on the beautiful vista of the “far hills,” thus giving the name Far Hills to the place before a village was built.
- Bedminster Township is noted for having one of the most historic Revolutionary War sites in the U.S. at what is known as the Pluckemin Continental Artillery Cantonment Site, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. General Henry Knox, chief of the Continental Army artillery, was the leader responsible for building what was the country’s first military artillery training academy, the forerunner to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
- Pottersville was first called Lamington and afterwards Potters Mills. There were mills there as early as 1756, built and owned by William Willet. Willet owned a daybook in which he recorded sales to the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. His main consideration became supplying the Continental Army. He was paid in Continental currency, which became worthless around 1780. He was ruined financially and was forced to sell both mills to Serrin Potter in 1783, which led to the community′s name.