He purchased the property in 1756 from a cousin of his wife, Cornelius Wyckoff, which was part of his holdings on the original Lot 5 of the Harrison Tract. Barnardus served as Revolutionary War soldier and as a local constable after the war.He was married to Leah Suydam and farmed the property for over four decades. When he died, his wife Leah continued to farm but mostly under the supervision of her four maiden daughters. The fifth was Magdalena, married Benjamin A. Hageman II. They had two sons, Bernardus (b 1810)and Benjamin (b 1812). Their mother Magdalena died in 1814 leaving two very young sons. Their father then persuaded her Garretson sisters to take care of them for him, as he could not run his farm and take care of them. So the young boys moved to the Garretson Farm and lived there into the 1840s.
Adrian and Catherine Hageman immigrated from Dutch Amsterdam to New Amsterdam either late in 1652 or early 1653, settling in Flatbush, New York. By 1701 farmland was not available for growing Dutch families. In 1702, four grandsons of Adrian moved to the Six-Mile Run area. A great, great grandson, Adrian, purchased 350 acres. He had seven sons and three daughters. One of their sons was Benjamin B. Hageman, who married Magdalena Garretson. You read about her two sons above. Benjam moved to the Bridgewater area to farm in 1845, after he married Jane Van Wickle, a direct descendant of Symen Van Wickle. He farmed there for sixteen years. While there, they had two sons, Garretson and Samuel. He must have done very well there as you will see in the next paragraph.
In 1861, Benjamin was persuaded by his aunt Elizabeth, the last Garretson sister, to return to the Garretson homestead on South Middlebush Road. That very year he built the regal Italianate-Victorian house that we have today. His son Garretson graduated from the Rutgers School of Engineering in 1868, and was responsible design and construction of the Wagon, Horse and Dairy Barns built in 1876-7. There are no other barns like them anywhere else in the World. Their design was influenced by a combination of Dutch, English and Victorian design styles. Garretson kept a journal for over forty years in which he chronicles the 19th century rural life. He also went into some detail as to where he got his ideas for the barns. Benjamin had two sons, the oldest, Samuel who died in 1876, and Garretson. Garretson who became the area's land surveyor, civil engineer, and notary. The house passed to his son Peter, in 1933, after the death of his grandmother. Peter was the Franklin Township Tax Collector from 1928 until his death in 1943; his wife assumed his duties, continuing for another 24 years from the house.
For nearly 40 years, the large room off the south porch served as the official office of the Franklin Township Tax Collector. Peter's son, Garretson continued to live on the farm with his family until 1972, when the threat of the proposed Six-Mile Run Reservoir and state pressure forced them to leave.
The Hageman Farm remained deserted for five years, deteriorating from the weather, neglect and extensive vandalism. Public concerns and the postponement of the Six-Mile Run Reservoir moved the state to agree to dispose of the farm buildings. On July 13, 1978, the Franklin Township Council passed an ordinance authorizing the purchase of the farm and out-buildings for $100 and an annual lease of the surrounding 1.5 acres to be returned to the Township in lieu of taxes.
house tours of the Hageman House and Farm are held the Second
Sunday of each month. The Second Sunday house tours have been suspended until further notice.
209 South Middlebush Road
Somerset, NJ 08873
tel. (732) 828-7418
Map and directions
The Hageman House and Farm is available for third party-private events
including weddings, receptions, holiday parties, and corporate
meetings. For pricing and availability, please contact Carol
Sas at Carol@themeadowsfoundation.org
February 26: Hageman Farm, Fireside Chat "The Freedom Quilt" 2 pm
Please join us on Sat., February 26, 2 p.m., at the Van Liew Suydam House, 280 S. Middlebush Rd., Somerset, when we celebrate Black History Month. Noted presenter Trish Chambers will speak about the “Legend of the Freedom Quilt.” This tells a family’s story of the lessons taught to the slaves to prepare and guide them on their journey on the Underground Railroad. Ms. Chambers, who will appear in period dress, will share a brief history of the Underground Railroad and will discuss the use of quilts as a method of teaching the slaves how to survive while seeking freedom.
We will also explore how African traditions gave rise to the concept of the “story cloths,” the meanings and instructions represented by the various quilt patterns and the similarity of the lessons on the quilt patterns to the lessons taught in spirituals.
Admission is $10/person and tickets can be reserved by calling 732-748-7657 or via e-mail to email@example.com. Please call 732-748-7657 on the day of the program if the weather is, or has been, bad the past 48 hours. Your safety is our first concern.
Two views of the antique rose 'Zephirine Drouhin.' This is a Bourbon rose, first bred in France in 1868. It is a climber and a repeat bloomer, whose flowers have a delightfully sweet fragrance. This rose is now in bloom at the farm on a newly installed trellis.
Before the Suez canal was built in 1871 French ships sailing to India and the Far East needed a refueling station and one was established on the Ile de Bourbon east of Madagascar in the Indian ocean. By 1810 China roses and Damask roses had been planted in mixed hedges on the island and a French botanist discovered a specimen with characteristics of both. he sent seeds of this rose to a botanist in Paris who raised the first Bourbon rose from these seeds. The rose pictured, Zepherine Drouhin, was introduced by the grower Bizot in France in 1868. It is a climbing Bourbon, thorn less with a very sweet fragrance. Zephirine Drouhin will tolerate shade and since it is thorn free often planted along walkways. The bush pictured was planted at Hageman Farm 4 years ago and is now hitting its stride with bloom.