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The unincorporated community of Basking Ridge, New Jersey is in Somerset County. The area was first settled in the 1720s by Scottish and British Christians who were fleeing religious persecution. In 1760, the area was chartered by King George II and granted to Sir Francis Bernard. Bernard became the first governor of what he named Bernards Township, which contained what is now Basking Ridge. Notable was the fact that during the American Revolutionary War, General Charles Lee, who was ranked next to General George Washington in command, was captured by the Red Coats on December 15, 1776 at Widow White's tavern. According to early 18th Century church records, Basking Ridge gets its name from the fact that "wild animals of the adjacent lowlands were accustomed to bask in the warm sun of this beautiful ridge." At that time, the name of the community was written as either Baskeridge or Baskenridge.

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