Upcoming Events

Apr
18
Sat
2020
CANCELLED: Battle of Bound Brook: Living History Weekend at the Abraham Staats House @ The Abraham Staats House
Apr 18 all-day
CANCELLED: Battle of Bound Brook: Living History Weekend at the Abraham Staats House @ The Abraham Staats House

[PLEASE NOTE:  This event has been cancelled.]  The two-day event features 18th-century street battles, military drills and camp life, portrayed by living history reenactors as American and British troops, camp followers, sutlers (merchants selling goods) and others of that period.

Whether you are looking for a family-fun experience, a history buff, a visitor to the area or searching for a new, interesting event to attend, each year’s living history weekend at the Battle of Bound Brook is unique, fun and exciting. Learn about and experience this important period in New Jersey and American history.

Historic House Tours & Lecture by Robert Mayers with the purchase of the Weekend Pass
Adults: $10; Seniors & 18 year and under: $5; Family(up to 5 members): $20

Grounds and Street Battles: FREE

For more information about the event, please go to our Battle of  Bound Brook page: www.staatshouse.org/events/battle-of-bound-brook/

 

Apr
19
Sun
2020
CANCELLED: Battle of Bound Brook: Living History Weekend at the Abraham Staats House @ The Abraham Staats House
Apr 19 all-day
CANCELLED: Battle of Bound Brook: Living History Weekend at the Abraham Staats House @ The Abraham Staats House

[PLEASE NOTE:  This event has been cancelled.]  The two-day event features 18th-century street battles, military drills and camp life, portrayed by living history reenactors as American and British troops, camp followers, sutlers (merchants selling goods) and others of that period.

Whether you are looking for a family-fun experience, a history buff, a visitor to the area or searching for a new, interesting event to attend, each year’s living history weekend at the Battle of Bound Brook is unique, fun and exciting. Learn about and experience this important period in New Jersey and American history.

Historic House Tours & Lecture by Robert Mayers with the purchase of the Weekend Pass
Adults: $10; Seniors & 18 year and under: $5; Family(up to 5 members): $20

Grounds and Street Battles: FREE

For more information about the event, please go to our Battle of  Bound Brook page: www.staatshouse.org/events/battle-of-bound-brook/

 

2020 Lecture Series: POSTPONED ~ Author Bob Mayers: “Middlebrook: The Revolutionary War Campground that Saved America” @ The Abraham Staats House
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“Off on a book tour to introduce my next book “Middlebrook, The Revolutionary War Campground that Saved America” to be released later this year. Cheers!” ~ Bob Mayers 

[NOTE:  This event has been postponed. New date TBD].     Author Robert Mayers discusses the encampments of George Washington’s Continental Army at Middlebrook and nearby Pluckemin, New Jersey, during the Revolutionary War.  These have been neglected in history but were of extreme importance to the American struggle  during the  Middle Atlantic campaigns of  1777 and 1779. What is astonishing is the American Army spent close to nine months at this location during the Revolutionary War.

Unlike Valley Forge and Jockey Hollow, that have been so eulogized that they are familiar to most school children, this sacred land, where decisive events occurred that changed the course of the war, is now built over by suburban creep, rarely marked, shrouded in mystery and mythology and fading from memory The Middlebrook Encampment is located near Martinsville, New Jersey in present day Bridgewater Township.

About Robert Mayers

Bob Mayers many works on the Revolutionary War are based on his on-site experience and primary sources combined with the discovery of original documents and oral accounts passed down in his family. His latest book Revolutionary New Jersey  covers  battlefields, encampments and sites of many  events in the Garden State  that have been lost or neglected by history.  Bob’s  other books include “Searching for Private Yankee Doodle, Washington’s Soldiers, in the American Revolution describes the men of the Continental Army by revealing what inspired them to endure appalling hardships.   “The Forgotten Revolution” Revolutionary sites in the northeast that have been lost in history  and “The War Man”  a true account of a soldier in the Washington’s  Army.

For more: https://revolutionarydetective.com/ 

2020 Lecture Series: George Washington’s Army at Middlebrook ~ 1777 & 1778-79

The lecture series will help inform and educate the public about what happened in Somerset County during the American Revolution by exploring the Middlebrook stays of George Washington’s Army in 1777, and again in 1778-79.  The speakers will present a number of related topics exploring this theme.                   

 

 

Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission

Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission

 

May
9
Sat
2020
May Open House (FREE) @ The Abraham Staats House
May 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
May Open House (FREE) @ The Abraham Staats House

The Abraham Staats House is one of the finest surviving buildings from the Dutch Settlement of the Raritan Valley in the 18th century. It began life as a two-room structure housing the first owners, the Staats family, who remained at the homestead for nearly two centuries. Over the centuries the house has been expanded several times and now includes a fine late, Federal/Greek Revival two-story addition.

Our “Open House” is held the second Saturday of each month (closed July and August) from 10AM to Noon, when the house is open for free tours.  Please check our Event Calendar for special events that may be occurring during Open House hours. Past programs have featured 18th c. blacksmithing demonstration, open hearth cooking and live music.

ADMISSION: FREE

RSVP by Email
May
16
Sat
2020
2020 Lecture Series: Steven Elliott “The Middlebrook Cantonment & the Maturation of the Continental Army” @ The Abraham Staats House
May 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dr. Steven Elliott

The Friends of Abraham Staats House present the third lecture of the 2020 Lecture series: “An Army at Middlebrook”  

Award-winning author, lecturer and educator Steven Elliott holds a PhD in American Military History from Temple University.  His research is focused on the social and administrative history of the Continental Army, and has been recognized by the David Library of the American Revolution, The Fred W. Smith Library at Mount Vernon, the Society of the Cincinnati, the North Jersey Heritage Trail, and the New Jersey Historical Commission. 

Dr. Elliott’s book, “Surviving the Winters: Housing George Washington’s Army and the American Revolution” is set for publication by the University of Oklahoma Press in late 2020.  Steven teaches courses on national, local, and military history at Rutgers University-Newark; he has worked as a park guide for the National Park Service at Morristown National Historical Park since 2009.

House opens 5PM for seating.  Lecture begins at 5:30PM, followed by Q&A.  Afterwards, enjoy light refreshments and tours of the historic Abraham Staats House. House closes at 8PM.   

To view the event flyer: FASH flyer 2020 Lectures Steven Elliott May 16 

Lecture Series 2020: George Washington’s Army at Middlebrook ~ 1777 & 1778-79

The lectures help inform and educate the public about what happened in Somerset County during the American Revolution by exploring the Middlebrook stays of George Washington’s Army during the encampment of 1777 and winter cantonment of 1778 – 79.  For schedule and info:  www.staatshouse.org              

Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission

 

Jun
13
Sat
2020
June Open House (FREE) @ The Abraham Staats House
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
June Open House (FREE) @ The Abraham Staats House

The Abraham Staats House is one of the finest surviving buildings from the Dutch Settlement of the Raritan Valley in the 18th century. It began life as a two-room structure housing the first owners, the Staats family, who remained at the homestead for nearly two centuries. Over the centuries the house has been expanded several times and now includes a fine late, Federal/Greek Revival two-story addition.

Our “Open House” is held the second Saturday of each month (closed July and August) from 10AM to Noon, when the house is open for free tours.  Please check our Event Calendar for special events that may be occurring during Open House hours. Past programs have featured 18th c. blacksmithing demonstration, open hearth cooking and live music.

ADMISSION: FREE

RSVP by Email
Jun
14
Sun
2020
Boy Scout Troop 42 Retirement of Flags Ceremony (FREE) @ The Abraham Staats House
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Boy Scouts Flag Retirement.On June 14, 1777 the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States. Today the United States commemorate that event as Flag Day on June 14th every year. While the flag is the patriotic emblem of our country, through its display on flag poles and at veteran’s grave sites, in time it becomes faded, worn, and even torn. As written in the US Code (Title 10, Chapter 10, 176.(k)) “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

With that in mind, Boy Scout Troop 42 and Cub Scout Pack 42 of South Bound Brook conduct an annual flag retirement ceremony fittingly held on Flag Day. This service project uses the outdoor hearth on the grounds of Abraham Staats House for this ceremony.  The hearth was constructed as a Troop 42 Eagle Scout project,

The event is free for all and the public is encouraged to attend, bringing any tattered or torn flags for their inclusion in the retirement. If you cannot attend, please drop the flag off at the South Bound Brook Borough Hall, 12 Main Street, South Bound Brook by June 13.

ADMISSION: FREE

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