Upcoming Events at the Meadows

PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE OFTEN FOR UPDATES.  Because these are historic homes, events may have to be moved, postponed or cancelled for various reasons.  Any such occurrences will be posted on this page, as well as our calendar.

Special Event:  Paranormal Night at the Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House

3 NEW DATES – March 12, October 1, and December 10, 2022
215 South Middlebush Rd,Somerset, NJ

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Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805
Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805


The historic Wyckoff-Garretson house, circa 1730, is being opened to the public for a ghost hunt!  Come join professional ghost hunters from New Jersey Paranormal, hear about the house’s past, and share in the hunt!  Learn about and use professional equipment, and feel free to bring your own.  Event dates are Saturdays, March 12, October 1 and December 10, 2022 , from 7:30 to 10:30. 

$35.00 per person, 18 and over only.  Includes history/tour, refreshments, Ghost Hunting 101, and an investigation in which you get to use professional equipment! 


March 12 – SOLD OUT

October 1SOLD OUT

December 10 – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paranormal-night-with-new-jersey-paranormal-and-the-meadows-foundation-tickets-292720463787

For questions/more information email Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.  100% of all donations go toward the restoration and preservation of our historic homes.  The Meadows Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer organization.

Special Event:  Tea Leaf Reading (and Afternoon Tea)

Sunday May 1, 2022  1 pm – 5 pm

209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset

Please join us for a special and interesting afternoon.  You will be served a full traditional afternoon tea with light fare, and you will have the opportunity to have your tea leaves read by Dawn Strouse.

          Tea Leaf Readings are an ancient method of divination originating with Buddhist Monks.  They sought enlightenment through meditation with the images in their tea cup.  As tea began to spread from Asia into Europe, tea leaf readings were carried by traveling caravans and merchants and often adopted by Gypsies who have been famous for fortune telling.  Merchants continued to bring tea farther into Western Europe and eventually up to the British Isles.  Having your tea leaves read became very popular during Victorian times.  After dining, the gentlemen would retire to the study or game room for brandy and cigars and the ladies would retire to the parlor for tea.  Tea Leaf Reading became a fun parlor game more than true divination.

Dawn Strouse has been offering readings for over ten years.  Her readings are intuitive, and are a vehicle for her psychic abilities.  In addition to private readings, she has participated in many holistic and psychic expos in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  These readings utilize loose tea and a traditional cup and saucer.

This event will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 1-5pm at the historic Hageman House, 209 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ.  The fee for attending is $40 per person.  Please purchase your tickets at Eventbrite.com (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afternoon-tea-with-tea-leaf-reading-tickets-222898384067), or email us for payment at the door.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at tmf.org.1289@gmail.com.

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Backyard Birding at the Hageman Farm

Sunday June 12, 2022  2 pm – 4 pm

209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset


A naturalist from the Somerset County Parks Commission’s Environmental Education Center will be at the Hageman Farm to teach us all about our lovely little backyard buddies.  The first hour takes place in the amazing horse barn, where you will learn about the fundamentals of backyard birdwatching, basic identification skills, what to feed backyard birds, as well as where and when to place your feeders.

During the second hour you will venture out into the field to practice what you just learned.  Bring your binoculars, field guides, and cameras!  There is a colony of barn swallows that live under the horse barn, and there have been blue bird sightings (among many other types of birds).  Surrounded by open fields and trees, the Hageman Farm is ideal for bird watching!!!

This event will be held on Sunday, Jun 12, 2022 from 2-4 pm at the historic Hageman House, 209 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ. The fee for attending is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.  This event is for ages 12 and over, and minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Please purchase your tickets at Eventbrite.com (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-backyard-birding-at-the-historic-hageman-farm-tickets-318445989527) or email us to reserve payment at the door.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at tmf.org.1289@gmail.com.

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Second Sundays:  Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House

Open Free to the Public

2nd Sunday, Apr-Oct 2022    1-4pm    215 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

The Meadows Foundation announces the opening of the Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House and Carriage Barn, every second Sunday of the month starting in April and going through October.  There will be docents on hand to conduct tours and answer questions about colonial life.  The recently renovated carriage barn features a used book and gift shop.  The historic home is filled with artifacts and period furniture, clothing and other items.WG cradle


In addition, talks and craft demonstrations will periodically be conducted in the conference room, and videos about life in colonial times will be shown in the media room.  The buildings will be open from 1pm-4pm, April through October.  This is a FREE EVENT, so bring family and friends and enjoy an interesting afternoon with us! 


Special Presentation:  Seance with Jane Doherty


215 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ

  The Meadows Foundation is pleased to present an afternoon with noted psychic Jane Doherty. She will address the spirits connected with each attendee, including loved ones who have passed on. Jane acts as a contact point to aid in communication between the earthly and spirit worlds. Beginning at 2:30pm, this 3-hr event will take place at the Wyckoff-Garretson house, a historic home stewarded by The Meadows Foundation. Listed on the state and national registries of historic places, the museum house dates to 1709, and has an established history of spiritual activity.

This event is LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. The cost is $60 per person, and light refreshments will be served. 

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An Annual Tradition – Sinterklaas!



December 4, 2022  12-4 pm

Please bring the kids and join us for this favorite Dutch celebration!

There will be plenty to do and see for all ages during our annual Sinterklaas celebration.   There will be crafts and toys for the kids, ornaments for them to decorate and hang on the tree, games for all to play, and Dutch baked goods and seasonal beverages for sale.  All are welcome to join in the caroling.   And of course, the day would not be complete without Sinterklaas himself arriving on horseback!  He will spend time with each child, checking his book to see if they have been good and deserving of a small goodie bag.  

        We hope to see you at the historic Hageman Farm located at 209 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ.  Please check our website for updates in regards to weather, and for other upcoming events.  In the meantime, be good – Sinterklaas is watching!

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