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.


Hageman Barns

Calling all artists – – –

Plein Air Day

at the historic Hageman Farm!

Sunday, May 19th, 2019   –   Come Anytime 10am – 5pm

All are invited to celebrate the creative arts in a beautiful, historic outdoor setting.  All mediums are welcome, whether you use a paintbrush, a pen or a camera. 

The event is hosted by Meadows Foundation Board Memeber  and local artist Janet Steinhauer.  Bring your own chair, easel and supplies, and we will supply some great scenery and inspiration!  The picture at the left is of the Hageman Farm.  Suggested donation is $5 per person.

The site is located at 209 South Middlebush Road in Franklin Township, NJ. 

See you there!


The Meadows Foundation is pleased to announce its participation in the inaugural Historic Homecoming in Franklin Township, NJ.

Historically significant locations throughout Franklin Township will be open for FREE on Saturday, May 4th from 10am to 4pm. There will be docents and activities at each location. The Meadows Foundation will have three locations open to the public: The Wyckoff-Garretson House Museum, 215 South Middlebush Road; The Hageman House and Farm, 209 South Middlebush Road; and The Van Duyn-Van Wickle House (outdoor tour), 1289 Easton Avenue (next to Rutgers Prep). Please keep an eye on Franklin Township’s website and community calendar for more information. We hope to see you there!


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

Sat. June 29, 2019    8:30-11:30 pm
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 date is Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 8:30 to 11:30. 

SPACE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 22 PAID REGISTRANTS – SO RESERVE YOUR SPACE ASAP! 

$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.


Fireside Chat:  Tea Leaf Reading (and afternoon tea)

Sat. August 17, 2019    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 nine 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, August 17, 2019 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.


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. 

SPACE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 22 PAID REGISTRANTS – SO RESERVE YOUR SPACE ASAP! 

$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!

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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!