to the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum, site of America’s first military training
academy, the Pluckemin Cantonment. The Vanderveer house served as headquarters for
Gen. Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-79. A National and New Jersey historic
site, the Vanderveer house interprets Dutch colonial life in America as well as the
stay by Gen. Henry Knox and his family.
Colonel Jack Jacobs (U.S. Army retired), a Medal of Honor recipient and military
analyst for NBC/MSNBC News, will be the honored guest at the French Alliance Ball.
“Given the significance of the JVH and Pluckemin Artillery Park in United States
military history, it is entirely fitting that we honor a widely respected military
hero like Colonel Jacobs at the French Alliance Ball,” commented Robin Ray, President
of the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House Board of Trustees.
…Elegance with a French flair is returning to the Somerset Hills this Spring! The
JVH is planning a premier benefit event, Saturday, May 16, to commemorate the “French
Alliance Ball” that was held at the Pluckemin Artillery Park in 1779.
A specially commissioned painting of General George Washington triumphantly celebrating
the French Alliance in the company of artillery officers at the Pluckemin Cantonment
will be the featured item in the live auction at the French Alliance Ball, May 16,
atTrump National Golf Club.