Upcoming Events

Feb
8
Sat
2020
Tory Jack Day with Joe Becton @ The Abraham Staats House
Feb 8 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Tory Jack Day with Joe Becton @ The Abraham Staats House

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An Award-Winning Program for Excellence in History & Education Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

The annual event, held each February in honor of Black History Month, celebrates the contribution and sacrifices of Afro-Americans in the foundation of our nation. The featured presenter is Mr. Joseph Becton, retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks.

This year the program is “Nothing but the Blues”, a one hour presentation as Mr. Becton plays and sings his favorite blues song and composers.  You have never heard him like this since the Cobalt Blues band.  He has played guitar and harmonica for 40 years.  Group participation is encouraged.

Admission is $10; Children 12 & under are free.
***Advance reservations encouraged.***

 

Feb
16
Sun
2020
Middlebrook 5 Generals Bus Tours
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Abraham Staats House is one of the five local historic homes featured in the Five Generals Bus Tour sponsored by the Heritage Trail Association. Discover five of the original Somerset County houses that served as military headquarters for important American generals during the American Revolution Middlebrook Cantonment of 1778-79:

  • The Abraham Staats House in South Bound Brook
  • The Van Horne House in Bridgewater
  • The Van Veghten House in Finderne
  • The Jacobus Vanderveer House in Bedminster
  • The Wallace House in Somerville

The tour starts from the Van Home House and runs approximately two and a half hours, featuring short stops at each home. For pricing and schedule information, please check the Heritage Trail Association website.

Mar
14
Sat
2020
March Open House (FREE) @ The Abraham Staats House
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 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
Apr
18
Sat
2020
Battle of Bound Brook: Living History Weekend @ The Abraham Staats House
Apr 18 – Apr 19 all-day
Battle of Bound Brook: Living History Weekend @ The Abraham Staats House

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 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/

 

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
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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