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.

Second Sundays:  Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House

Open Free to the Public

2nd Sunday, Apr-Sep 2019    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 September.  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!  Check our calendar for exact dates.



Author Presentation and Book Signing: Don Peck, “A Spirited War: George Washington and the Ghosts of the American Revolution in Central New Jersey”

Sun. Sep 15, 2019    2 pm    215 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ


     We are very pleased to host a presentation and signing by local author Don Peck.  Please join us for an engaging afternoon at the historic Wyckoff-Garretson house.  After the presentation there will be a docent-led tour of the museum house.

     From the American History Press website:  “Have all physical vestiges of the Revolution vanished from the Garden State?  Not at all.  In fact, the reader will be pleasantly surprised to discover that many historic sites still do exist, places that offer us a genuine glimpse into the Spirited War of the times.  Donald Peck and his companion Jane Doherty lead us on an in-depth tour of many of these Midland sites, each interpreting the facts from their individual point of view.  As historian and psychic, they provide a fresh analysis of events that took place in the area, along with explanations of the personalities involved in them.  The result is a very readable and exciting narrative, one that affords us an entirely new perspective on the past that surrounds us.” 

    Don Peck is an author of several books about the Revolutionary period in New Jersey’s history.  His formal education in history, French, theology and political science have guided his vast and dedicated service to the community in many private associations and governmental committees.  He is personally engaged in the restoration of a historical site in Fords, NJ.

This lecture will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 2-4pm at the historic Wyckoff-Garretson House, 215 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ.  The fee for attending is $12 per person.  Tickets may be purchased online at Eventbrite.com: Eventbrite A Spirited War    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.

A pdf version of the flyer:  Spirited War 09152019

Franklin Day Festival!

Sat. Sept 28, 2019   Noon-5pm    Colonial Park, Lot C, Somerset, NJ

Come visit us at our booth – we will have some interesting things to show you!

Weekend Journey Through the Past

Sat.  Oct 12, 2019    10am-5pm    209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Sun.  Oct 13, 2019    12pm-4pm    209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in collaboration with thirty local historical organizations and tourism partners, has designated this weekend “Weekend Journey Through the Past”. Exhibits will feature a stroll down memory lane in scrapbooks and historic structure reports about the houses, fun and games in colonial times, access to the house and barns and our antique farm implements exhibit. Docents will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and light refreshments will be served. ADMISSION IS FREE

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

Sat. November 2, 2019    6:30-9:30 pm
215 South Middlebush Rd,Somerset, NJ


WG Wagon Barn exterior
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 date is Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 6:30 to 9:30. 


$35.00 per person, 18 and over only.  Includes history/tour, Ghost Hunting 101, an investigation in which you get to use professional equipment and refreshments.  For more information or the registration form (required with payment),  click on the pdf flyer below,  or 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.

An Annual Tradition – Sinterklaas!



December 1, 2019  1-4pm

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.  Watch, or even join in, as the wooden shoe dancers delight you, and a wonderful chorus entertains you with seasonal selections under the high rafters of the historic restored barn.  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.  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 or bad.  Activities will take place in both the gorgeous house and amazing barn.

        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!