Upcoming Events

Feb
29
Thu
2024
Installation Ceremony of Henry “Harry” Staats Witness Stone at Abraham Staats House @ Abraham Staats House
Feb 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us to honor the life of Henry (Harry) Staats, an enslaved individual in the Staats household, with the ceremonial laying of a Witness Stone in his memory.

The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc. was awarded a “New Jersey Historical Commission Inclusive History Grant” for 2023. With those grant funds, we partnered with the Witness Stones Project, Inc. to research enslaved persons associated with the Abraham Staats House historic site and provide our local school with the instructional tools and information to implement the Witness Stones Project curriculum in the classroom.  We’ll conduct an outdoor ceremony starting at 3PM, for installation of the commemorative Witness Stone. After the outdoor ceremony (about half hour) we’ll return inside, so folks can have some refreshments, tour the house and socialize until close at 4:30PM.

For a print version of the flyer in PDF, click here

Special Acknowledgments:

Thank you to the Robert Morris School 8th grade students for their participation and presentations and to the Robert Morris School Middle School Staff, Mr. Cullinane, Ms. Rocco and Mr. DeGennaro, for their instruction and guidance in making this project a meaningful learning experience for students. The Friends of Abraham Staats House is grateful for the guidance of the Witness Stones Project, Inc. and for the New Jersey Historical Commission grant funding that made this project and collaboration possible.

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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

Mar
9
Sat
2024
The Abraham Staats House Presents Ryan Radice: “A Nest of American Hornets: New Jersey’s Forage War of 1777”   @ Abraham Staats House
Mar 9 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn the fascinating story of local history during the American Revolution … Join us at the Abraham Staats House for a talk by historian Ryan Radice: “A Nest of American Hornets: New Jersey’s Forage War of 1777”  

Sat., March 9, 2024      * 2:30PM ~ 5PM *      In person & via Zoom  

$10 pp w advance reservation/$15 at door

17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, NJ  08880

“A Map containing part of the Provinces of New York and New Jersey, 1781” Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

While 18th century armies typically ceased fighting during the winter, that would not be the case in New Jersey during the winter of 1777. Instead, following Washington’s victories at Trenton and Princeton, a violent “petit guerre” characterized by foraging raids, skirmishing, and guerilla-style warfare was waged on the plain below the Watchung mountains.

Mr. Radice will examine this period, known as the “Forage War,” through the personal experiences of Continentals, Militia, British and Hessian soldiers, as well as civilians. From these primary sources we can understand how the Crown went from chasing Washington out of New Jersey at the end of 1776, to being driven out of the state themselves only six months later.

Reserve your tickets now! Light refreshments offered.   Admission: In person & via Zoom $10 pp w adv. reservation/$15 at door    EventBrite at www.staatshouse.org     By Phone: 732-369-3583   House opens: 2:30PM for seating; presentation at 3PM.     

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Ryan Radice is a professional historian and graduate of Monmouth University (M.A. 2021). His research interests include immigration history, the American Revolution and early Republic, and the history/archaeology of NJ cemeteries and military encampments. He currently works at the Monmouth County Archives. His research can be found in the Journal of New Jersey Studies, in articles about Ellis Island during WWI, the Vermeule Militia post and forage war period, and Union Camp, Alexander Hamilton’s forgotten winter cantonment of 1799-1800 in Plainfield.

For a printable flyer in PDF, click here

 Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc.

E-mail: info@staatshouse.org Web: www.staatshouse.org

Tel: 732-369-3583 Mail: PO Box 115, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880

Please allow a two-week notice for accessibility and assistive services requests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar
23
Sat
2024
The Abraham Staats House presents: ~ The Practitioners of Musick ~ “18th Century Dutch Music in America” @ Abraham Staats House
Mar 23 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The Abraham Staats House presents: ~ The Practitioners of Musick ~ “18th Century Dutch Music in America” @ Abraham Staats House

Join us for this unique opportunity ~ a live performance of music enjoyed and played in Colonial America! The Practitioners of Musick will offer a program that reflects late 17th and 18th century Dutch and English popular music heard in New Netherlands and its capital, New Amsterdam.  A march composed in honor of American General von Steuben, who used the home as his military headquarters during the Middlebrook Cantonment of 1778-79, will also be featured.  Additional fascinating notes on this vibrant program: http://www.practitionersofmusick.org

The Practitioners of Musick ensemble was founded to offer the musical riches of 17th and 18th century Great Britain and Ireland, and the Colonial and early Federal periods in America. Founder John Burkhalter provides information about the pieces, and performs these delightful early works on recorder, accompanied by Donovan Klotzbeacher, who has performed widely as harpsichordist and appeared in a series of New Jersey Network [NJN] broadcasts featuring period music in 18th century houses and taverns.

$20 per person with Advance Reservations; $25 at the door

Advance reservations via:  Eventbrite; under “Events” at www.staatshouse.org or by phone: 732-369-3583

House opens at 2:30 for seating; performance begins at 3PM.

Light refreshments and tours of the historic house to follow.

May
4
Sat
2024
Ghost Is Clear (GIC) Paranormal at the Abraham Staats House! @ Abraham Staats House
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Ghost Is Clear (GIC) Paranormal at the Abraham Staats House!

17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880

 Saturday, May 4, 2024    *    6:30PM ~ 9PM

 * $50 w Advance Registration

Be Part of this Exclusive Fundraiser Event!

 Join the Friends of Abraham Staats House and Ghost Is Clear (GIC) Paranormal for a night of revealing what GIC has discovered from their paranormal investigations of this historic home, c.1740.  Will you be the one to discover a voice of the past? Among their explorations, GIC is the first paranormal team to investigate the Thomas Edison Lab in West Orange, NJ. Learn more: Ghost is Clear Paranormal Investigation at FB

The evening of paranormal investigation begins with a brief welcome and overview from Ghost is Clear Paranormal members. Then, we’ll break into groups to explore select rooms of the house with a variety of investigative equipment. (Feel free to bring your own to try as part of the explorations!).

We’ll gather again at the close to discuss findings and send you home with an herbal sage blessing offered to each before leaving.

Reserve your ticket(s) now! Space limited to 25 people; light refreshments offered.

Admission:  $50 per person: Pre-registered   ~    At the Door: $60

EventBrite at www.staatshouse.org           By Phone: 732-369-3583

Please allow a two-week notice for accessibility and assistive services requests

 

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