Second Sundays: Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House Open Free to the Public
2nd Sunday, Apr-Sep 2018 1-4pm 215 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ
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.
For our first open house of the season in April, we will have authentic open hearth cooking in the museum house. In addition, talks and craft demonstrations will 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.
Special Event: Paranormal Night at the Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House
THREE DATES FOR 2018:
Sat. June 2, 2018 7:30-10:30 pm 215 South Middlebush Rd,Somerset, NJ – SOLD OUT
Sat. August 25, 2018 7:30-10:30 pm 215 South Middlebush Rd,Somerset, NJ – SOLD OUT
Sat. October 13, 2018 7:30-10:30 pm 215 South Middlebush Rd,Somerset, NJ
NOTICE – JUNE AND AUGUST DATES ARE SOLD OUT
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, June 2, August 25 and October 13, 2018, at 7:30pm. SPACE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 22 PAID REGISTRANTS – SO RESERVE YOUR SPACE ASAP! $30.00 per person, 18 and over only. Includes history/tour, Ghost Hunting 101, an investigation 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.
You may print the flyer for these events (pdf):
October Paranormal Night – PanNightWGflyer102018
Fireside Chat: The Great Awakening
Sat. Sept 15, 2018 2 pm 215 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ
The Great Awakening was a series of Christian revivals that swept Britain and the Thirteen Colonies in the 1730s and 1740s. Historians such as Samuel Eliot Morison and Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker place T. J. Frelinghuysen of the Raritan Valley as the earliest exponent of the religious movement. His efforts were well known to the more famous Jonathan Edwards, Gilbert Tennet and George Whitefield. This movement is credited with providing the impetus for the founding of both of New Jersey’s colonial colleges – now known as Princeton and Rutgers. Writing about the events of The Great Awakening also provide some of the best written records of what life was like in Franklin Township in the 1st quarter of the 18th century.
This lecture, part of our Fireside Chat series, will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 2-4 pm at the Wyckoff-Garretson House, 215 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ. The fee for attending is $10 per person at the door and includes light refreshments. If you have any questions or would like to let us know you are coming, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com.
You may print the flyer for this event (pdf): Great Awakening 09152018
Franklin Day Festival!
Sat. Sept 22, 2018 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 13, 2017 10am-5pm 280 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ
Sun. Oct 14, 2017 12pm-4pm 280 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, and our “What is it?” exhibit. Docents will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and light refreshments will be served. ADMISSION IS FREE
Fireside Chat: Tea Leaf Reading (and afternoon tea)
Sat. October 20, 2018 2 pm 209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ
Please join us for a special and interesting afternoon. You will be served a traditional tea with light fare, and after you have enjoyed your beverage, you will have the opportunity to have your 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. It 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 eight 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 lecture, part of our Fireside Chat series, will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 2-5pm at the historic Hageman House, 209 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ. The fee for attending is $35 per person at the door. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com. Please send an email to make a reservation to ensure that we have adequate seating and supplies available.
You may print the flyer for this event (pdf): TeaLeaves102018
Fireside Chat: Kid’s Fun Back in the Day
Sat. November 10, 2018 1pm 280 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ
Bring the whole family to participate in this cabin-fever-fixing day of fun! Join us to learn hands-on about the toys and games that colonial children played. Some will be familiar, some will be new to you! This afternoon of hands-on fun is open to everyone, but most appropriate for children 5-99. After an engaging talk, there will be plenty of time for play. Each attendee will also make a game and a toy to keep and take home.
This lecture, part of our Fireside Chat series, will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 1-4pm at the historic Van Liew-Suydam House, 280 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township, NJ. The fee for attending is $10 per person at the door and includes light refreshments and all supplies. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com. Please send an email to make a reservation to ensure that we have adequate seating and supplies available.
You may print the flyer for this event (pdf):KidsFunNov2018
An Annual Tradition – Sinterklaas!
Sun. Dec 2, 2018 1-4 pm 209 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ
Sinterklaas will be held on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-4 PM at the Hageman House and Barn. The celebration includes the Van Wickle dancers, in authentic Dutch costumes and wooden shoes performing folk dances from various regions of The Netherlands accompanied by music from those areas, and a description of where each costume originated.
In the house are delicious Dutch treats and drinks for sale, music, activities for the kids, and docents will be on hand to answer any questions you have as you walk around this historic home. Children prepare for the arrival of Sinterklaas by coloring pictures of him, making various crafts, and playing Dutch children’s games. Adults may take the opportunity to speak with Jan ten Broeke, our expert on 19th century farm implements and a native of the Netherlands, and examine the display of farming tools from the early days.
Guests join together in the barn to share in the singing of Christmas carols. It is really wonderful to hear their voices ringing through the rafters.
And of course everyone is delighted to see Sinterklaas himself arriving on his horse! The children hold arches of flowers over him as he proceeds to his red velvet throne in the barn. Then, he speaks to each of the children, to determine who has been good throughout 2018 and deserving of a small goodie bag.