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Jul
24
Mon
Youth Archaeology Camp @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm

Youth Archaeology Camp: July 24-28 

(1 pm to 5 pm daily)

A summer archaeology camp designed to introduce children (ages 9-13) to an important chapter of local history and provide opportunities for hands-on exploration, learning and fun!  Campers will work alongside professional archaeologists in the field to find and examine cultural material left by the people who lived in the region during the colonial period and the years surrounding the American Revolution.

Back By Popular Demand! 

The week-long half day session (1 to 5 pm) for children will combine outdoor exploration, history and science with the fun of solving puzzles and searching for treasure.  Campers will work alongside professional archaeologists during an actual field study at the Vanderveer House site. They will learn to measure, plot, dig, sift, sort, wash and categorize the cultural material they find.  There will also be time for games, crafts, fun and meeting new friends.  The week will include an excursion to a nearby historic site such as Washington’s Headquarters National Historical Park and a special visit from a professional reenactor playing the role of General Henry Knox, General George Washington or African American Revolutionary soldier Ned Hector.  The camp session will conclude with a “Family Day”, at which parents and grandparents will have an opportunity to experience campers’ first-hand accounts of their unique “hands-on history lesson.”

OUR PARTNERS

The nonprofit Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will present the camp programs in partnership with the Township of Bedminster Recreation Department, a vibrant community resource that has conducted youth summer camp activities and adult programs in our area for more than 20 years.  The partnership enables us to offer an exciting new learning opportunity, supported by a professional team with extensive experience in camp administration, marketing and management.

Bedminster Recreation will be supported by Hunter Research, Inc.  This prestigious firm has conducted numerous archaeological investigations throughout the state and has had a strong relationship with our Board of Trustees for over 15 years.  Prior to the building of the Kitchen Addition on the Jacobus Vanderveer House, Hunter Research conducted the archaeological investigations on that site.  In addition, they conducted the field studies that were used to produce the Historic Landscape Report commissioned by the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House.  That report is the blueprint for the eventual recreation of the historic Vanderveer farmstead.   Hunter Research, Inc. played a key role in the Pluckemin Archaeology Report, funded by Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission from 2010-2012.  Working with John Seidel, PhD., Washington College and Richard Veit, PhD, Monmouth University, they catalogued the thousands of artifacts found at the abandoned site of the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment.

Space is limited to 22 children.  Register early and register directly with the Bedminster Township Recreation Department www.bedminster.us.

Download the registration form or register on-line.

Aug
13
Sun
Open House @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Walk in the footsteps of Generals George Washington and Henry Knox. See where some of America’s first Dutch farmers staked their claims in the new world. Learn more about America’s first military training academy. It’s all here at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum in Bedminster, New Jersey, just off Routes 78 and 287 in Somerset County.

Docents are available at the house to provide information on the history and furnishings of the house. Additional information can be found on printed material available in every room and on the website, which can be viewed on all mobile devices to enable a self-guided tour.

ADMISSION

The museum is open on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10 per person; Members Free; Children 12 and Under Free. For more information, click here or download the JVH brochure here.

 

Sep
10
Sun
Open House @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Sep 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Walk in the footsteps of Generals George Washington and Henry Knox. See where some of America’s first Dutch farmers staked their claims in the new world. Learn more about America’s first military training academy. It’s all here at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum in Bedminster, New Jersey, just off Routes 78 and 287 in Somerset County.

Docents are available at the house to provide information on the history and furnishings of the house. Additional information can be found on printed material available in every room and on the website, which can be viewed on all mobile devices to enable a self-guided tour.

ADMISSION

The museum is open on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10 per person; Members Free; Children 12 and Under Free. For more information, click here or download the JVH brochure here.

 

Sep
29
Fri
Colonial Tavern Night…Huzzah!!!! @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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7pm

Huzzah! Learn how to create authentic fresh Colonial Cocktails. Grab a mug of ale or a colonial cocktail and join us for a night of colonial merrymaking! Sample rustic fare, play authentic tavern games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dances in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. $30 per person, advance registration is required.

Oct
14
Sat
Bedminster Charities Fall Fest @ River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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12 to 5 pm
Hayrides throughout Park

Visit us at Bedminster’s annual fall festival in River Road Park. Stop by the Jacobus Vanderveer House booth for Colonial games and demonstrations. Be sure to hop on the hay wagon to view the restored 1772 farmhouse. Admission to Fall Fest is $5 per person, Children 3 and Under Free.