The Dutch landed on Manhattan Island in 1624, establishing their first settlement in North America, New Amsterdam in New Netherland. Their children and grandchildren built houses in New Jersey. Most Americans do not know the extent of their influence on our nation. Just open a map of metropolitan New York and New Jersey and you will see a number of Dutch names: Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Bergen, Yonkers, and Hoboken, among others.
The Meadows Foundation has saved several historic houses some of which were part of an 18th & 19th century Dutch farming community. We have more early Dutch houses here in central New Jersey than are in the whole city of New York. We need your help in the preservation, restoration, and programming of these unique 18th-century Dutch sites. The Meadows Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization and your contributions are tax deductible.
WISH LIST: We have furnished our first house museum at the Wyckoff-Garretson House with antiques. We are in need of early Dutch and Federal period furniture, or reproductions. Please see the styles below and send us an e-mail to let us know what you are interested in donating. Someone from our organization will contact you within 48 hours. Thank you for your interest and support in The Meadows Foundation!