Beginner Rug Hooking Class @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Mar 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Beginner Rug Hooking Class with Cheryl Halliday 1 to 4 pm

Museum open for tours 1 to 4 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn rug hooking? Now’s your chance! Cheryl Halliday, a member of the Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild and an award-winning McGown certified instructor, will introduce participants to the art and tradition of rug hooking, and allow you to create your own masterpiece.  Pre-registration by March 12 required. Limited to 14 adults per class. Age 18 and older. $70 per person. Please register directly with Therese Shick, Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild, at 908-735-7985 or

The Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild was founded in April 1977. It currently has over 130 members from nine states. The mission of the Guild is to perpetuate the tradition and art of rug hooking, to encourage creativity, to provide the means for an exchange of ideas and information and to promote educational activities to enhance the interest in rug hooking. Monthly meetings in Flemington, New Jersey offer programs for someone new to rug hooking as well as the seasoned artisan. Members have opportunities to participate in hooking demonstrations, rug exhibits, rug camps and “hook-ins”. A supportive environment is provided for those new to the craft and for those looking to refine their technique.

For more information about the Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild, visit


Open House @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Mar 26 @ 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.


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.


Have a Blast Learning About Cannons @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Have a Blast Learning About Cannons – Saturday, April 8

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If the thought of learning more about Civil War cannons gets you fired up, sign up for the School of the Piece – a muzzle-loading artillery safety qualification program for re-enactors and history buffs – coming to the Jacobus Vanderveer House, Saturday, April 8.  Or, just stop by and have a blast!

Instructors from the Sixth New York Independent Battery Civil War re-enactment group and National Civil War Artillery Association will teach registered participants how to safely work around, load and fire two cannons that will be on hand for the day: an original bronze 12-pounder Napoleon Civil War cannon, cast in 1863, as well as a replica 10-pounder Parrott Rife (Model 1861).

The program will be held between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Jacobus Vanderveer House, located in River Road Park, Bedminster. Spectators are welcome to observe the artillery demonstrations free of charge. The Jacobus Vanderveer House will also be open for tours. Admission is $10 per person. Members free. Children 12 and under, free.

Those who wish to participate in the course (which includes both classroom and practical instruction in cannon firing) must register in advance by visiting or by calling 908-396-6053. Participants will learn about the various positions and duties associated with firing a cannon and will have the opportunity to receive a two-year certification in those positions upon the successful completion of the 4-hour session. The fee for the course is $10, which includes a two-year membership in the National Civil War Artillery Association. It is open to all ages, but participants must be at least 16 years of age to work with the cannon. All registered participants for the course should arrive by 9:30 a.m.

Younger children will have plenty of opportunities to participate too, and can receive instruction and certification as powder passers. This is a unique opportunity for parents and children to get a hands-on history lesson about civil war artillery tactics. The 12-pounder smoothbore Napoleon, originally manufactured in France and later in the U.S., was considered the King of the Battlefield during the Civil War. It could propel cannon balls up to a mile. The 10-pounder Parrott Rifle had a range of 2,000 yards and was much more precise.

Learning to fire a cannon is the first step to becoming a Civil War re-enactor, and we welcome people to come and see what Civil War re-enacting is all about.

The Sixth New York Independent Battery is a family-friendly Civil War Artillery Unit based out of Rahway, NJ. Its mission is to educate others, through living history, about one of the most momentous times in our country. For more information, visit

For more information about the National Civil War Artillery Association, visit

Hamilton-Burr Duel @ Morristown National Historic Park Auditorium
Apr 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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2 pm Morristown National Historical Park Auditorium

Without a doubt, the duel between former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr is the most famous duel in American history. On July 11, 1804, the two political rivals met on a dueling ground in Weehawken, New Jersey. Hamilton’s shot went high—perhaps deliberately, perhaps not. Burr’s shot hit Hamilton in his abdomen, pierced his liver, and lodged in his spine. He died the next day. Listen as Alexander Hamilton, portrayed by Eben Kuhns, retells the story charged with political rivalry and personal animosity between the two. Admission is free, however pre-registration is required at

Paint & Sip @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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6:30 to 8:30 pm

Learn to paint with Center for Contemporary Art’s Priscilla Flores as she guides you through the creative process. Relax and unwind with friends as you learn painting styles and techniques while creating your own masterful design using acrylics on canvas. Cost of the program is $35 or Members $25.

Includes supplies for painting and sipping!