Become a Resident Caretaker

The Meadows Foundation is a nonprofit corporation, founded in 1977 to save one historic Dutch site: the Van Wickle House. It has since grown to four historic homes, each with its own resident caretaker’s apartment. Located in the Somerset Section of Franklin Township, these homes, which were built from 1722  to 1875, are all listed on the state and National Register of Historic Places.  Their styles vary from Dutch Frame to Victorian, Italianate, to Gothic. Each historic site has an apartment for the resident caretaker. Each historic house has its own distinctive history, and are open to the public for special events throughout the year. Of course, the private apartments are not open to the public.

If you enjoy history and are handy at dealing with the problems encountered living in your own old, historic residence, this might be an opportunity for you to put the “Care” in Caretaker. Each resident caretaker must look upon their historic site as they would their own property. These historic homes are an irreplaceable part our national heritage.  By taking up residence in an historic house, you become a part of its history. As resident caretaker you would become one of the Meadows Foundation’s ambassadors to the public.

For more information about living with one of these historic properties, please contact us.

Van Wickle House
1289 Easton Avenue
Somerset, New Jersey 07783
Hageman Farm
209 South Middlebush Road
Somerset, New Jersey 08873
Van Liew-Suydam House
280 South Middlebush Road
Somerset, New Jersey 08873
Wyckoff-Garretson House
215 South Middlebush Road
Somerset, New Jersey 08873