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.

Special Presentation:  Antique Show and Appraisal

Sat. July 20, 2019    1-4 pm   

Senior Center Community Room, 505 DeMott Lane, Franklin Township, NJ

    What is your grandfather’s pocketwatch worth?  Or your original Swatch watch?  How about the old coins, the old sugar bowl, or some other treasured family heirloom?  The painting you bought for $5 at a yard sale that you love and everyone else hates?  Comic books, baseball cards, lamps, statuettes, stamps, chairs, quilts, jewelry, model trains, Coca-Cola/Pepsi, dolls, advertising, glassware, military memorabilia, autographs, etc.

    Michael Ivankovich will be appearing at a benefit for the Meadows Foundation.  Each attendee may bring ONE item.  Michael will look over the items, and choose some for discussion and appraisal during his presentation.  Afterwards, any items not discussed during the presentation will be appraised by Michael on a one-on-one basis.

    This program will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 2-4pm in the Community Room of the Senior Center located at 505 DeMott Lane, Franklin Township, NJ. The fee for attending is $15 per person at the door. DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM so that we may sign in your item for appraisal.  ALL ITEMS MUST BE SIGNED IN BY 1:45 PM so that Michael may assess the items for his presentation.

    The Meadows Foundation stewards several historic houses in Franklin Township, pursuing their preservation for the enjoyment of this and future generations.  For over 40 years the organization has benefited from the efforts of many fine people, bringing educational, recreational and interesting programming to the public.  The Meadows Foundation is a 100% volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization.  All proceeds go directly towards programming and maintenance expenses.  We are currently seeking volunteers and candidates for our Board of Directors.

    Attendees are solely responsible for the items they bring.  The Meadows Foundation, Michael Ivankovich and Franklin Township assume no responsibility.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Ann Derkach at SueAnnDVought@aol.com. 

    We hope to see you at the show!

Flyer for Antique Show and Appraisal:    


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. 


$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!