circa 1740

            South Bound Brook, New Jersey                  

The Next Event is the Holiday at the Abraham Staats House - December 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th, 2014

The House is open for free tours on January 10th, 2015 from 10 am until Noon

The Annual Meeting of FASH is on December 6th at 5 pm

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The Abraham Staats House is one of the finest surviving buildings from the Dutch Settlement of the Raritan Valley in the 18th century.  Over the centuries the house has been expanded several times and now includes a fine late, Federal/Greek Revival two-story addition.


The house had an interesting history during the American Revolution when it served as the headquarters of General von Steuben during the second Middlebrook Encampment (1779).


The Abraham Staats House was acquired by Borough of South Bound Brook in 1999 with grant assistance provided by Somerset County (the previous owner was given life tenancy).  With foresight and through thoughtful negotiation, the Borough has insured that this important site will remain in the public domain.


The Abraham Staats House was entered onto the New Jersey Register of Historic Places on August 29, 2002 and the National Register of Historic Places on December 4, 2002.  





Don't miss our Calendar of Events page it lists our yearly events followed by other events of interest to our members.

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The Friends of Abraham Staats House meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month at
7:00 p.m.  

Location: The Abraham Staats House, 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook




"Battle of Bound Brook: Living History Weekend"
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April 11-12, 2015



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February Membership Meeting is postponed

Due to the condition of the parking lot and the forecast for more snow (oh no, more snow!!!), the FASH Membership Meeting scheduled for Feb. 18th has been postponed to the following Tuesday, Feb. 25th.

Be seeing you.

The Borough of South Bound Brook receives another grant for our house

The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded the 2013 Historic Preservation Grants.
Six historic sites will receive a combined total of more than $895,000 in 2013 Historic Preservation Grants from Somerset County. Click here to read more about the grant recipients and to see photos of the historic sites and the ceremonial check presentations.

A well-deserved thank-you goes out to our own Kathy Faulks and Kathy Ormosi for their excellent grant application.

The Eagle Scout project for pathways to the outbuildings is complete.

This summer the pathways to and borders around the Smokehouse and Corn Crib were completed as the Boy Scout Eagle Scout project for Zachary Vatalare. For the project, he led his workers in excavating the pathways and borders, laying down the weed barrier and the stone. As an added benefit, having raised more money for the project than he ended up spending, he was able to donate the unspent funds to our organization. For his efforts, he subsequently passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review.
Congratulations to Zachary and good luck to him as he go on to college.

Boy Scout Troop 42 Flag Retirement Ceremony

Boy Scout Troop 42 with Cub Scout Pack 42 held their annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on July 8, 2013.  It had been postponed from Flag Day, June 14th,2013 due to inclement weather.  
Plan to bring your tattered and torn US flags to the June 14, 2014 ceremony for their proper disposal.

Joyce Smith receives 2012 History Award in Education

On May 2nd, 2012, the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission presented the 2012 Historic Preservation and History Awards at the Brook Art Center in Bound Brook. Among the recipients was Joyce Smith for her work in bringing Black History to the public. Anyone who has attended any of past Tory Jack Days know her commitment to excellence that made her deserving of this award. Congratulations to Joyce from all of us.

The restoration of the Corn Crib and Smokehouse has completed

We have had these two outbuildings restored under a grant from Somereset County. The contractors did a great job and we are happy with the results.

The Friends of Abraham Staats House has received a community grant of $1,000 from IBM based on the volunteer hours of Tom Harabin. It will be used for computer software and hardware, as well as defraying the cost of storage shelving and bins.

John Wiley and Sons has given The Friends of Abraham Staats House an unrestricted $500.00 grant based on the volunteer hours of Carol Harabin (an employee).  Thank you Carol.

Exxon/Mobil has given The Friends of Abraham Staats House $500.00 grant each quarter based on the volunteer hours of Ron Tolles.  Thank you Ron.

 Author/Historian John Cunningham signing and speaking about his book "The Uncertain Revolution" during the Battle of Bound Brook event at the Staats House, April 2008.  


LOOK! The barns are down...

                             view of from parking area                                                                                         view of house from inside barn foundation


2014 Membership Dues are due 

Annual membership rates are: Individual - $15; Seniors/Students(individual) - $10; Family - $20; Corporate - $50; Organizational - $30 or reciprocity; and Life (Individual) - $300.  

Click here for Membership Application.

As a benefit to all members of The Friends of Abraham Staats House, you and your immediate family members are eligible to join Affinity Federal Credit Union and take advantage of their products and services. 

For more information go to Affinity Federal Credit Union or call 1-800-325-0808

Show Your Support for New Jersey History!

Support state historic preservation efforts by choosing a “Discover NJ History” license plate. Monies from the Historic License Plate Fund benefit the preservation of historic property and the promotion of New Jersey’s history. For more information visit the

New Jersey Historic Trust: Historic License Plate Fund.


Thanks to Bob Gaudio who has built us two picnic tables for the house, they look great! 

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The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc. received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.


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