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 in place of the Open House. Past programs have featured 18th c. blacksmithing demonstration, open hearth cooking and live music.

ADMISSION: FREE

Attend our Open House at The Abraham Staats House

Schedule

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