The Abraham Staats House participates each year in this event. The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in conjunction with local historical organizations and tourism partners, offers this free weekend program annually, the second week of October “Journey through the Past.”

We look forward to welcoming you to Somerset County’s annual Journey Through the Past, a perfect opportunity to take your family on a weekend outing to visit and immerse yourself in the distant past. We invite you to satisfy your curiosity and expand your knowledge through the discovery of many fascinating aspects and oral histories surrounding more than two dozen significant historic sites open, free of charge, for touring all weekend-long. You’ll learn much about their former occupants, some among whom were quite distinguished statesmen and national leaders; how they occupied their day to day lives, from daily work responsibilities and pleasurable pastimes to the difficult hardships endured during the American Revolution.

As you journey from site to site you will discover that many have significant Revolutionary War histories, contributing to the area’s designation as the “Crossroads of the American Revolution State Heritage Area.” By the end of your journey, you will have a greater appreciation of the history of Somerset County and the lives of early settlers – who they were, where they came from, how they lived, and how they made a difference in the lives of their neighbors, in the growth and development of our county, and their contributions to the rich heritage and development of our great nation.

Participating sites are open free of charge for visitors on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m

Many of the sites have significant Revolutionary War histories and have contributed to the area’s designation as the “Crossroads of the American Revolution State Heritage Area”. Local historians will be on hand to share their knowledge and stories about Somerset County’s history.


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

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     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.

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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:

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 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.

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           By Phone: 732-369-3583

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