1 to 4 pm
* * * For Children Ages 6 to 12 * * *
Learn about the adventures of a courageous young girl, Sybil Ludington, celebrated as a heroine of the American Revolutionary War. Sybil, riding her pony named Star, became famous for her night ride on April 26, 1777 to alert militia forces of the approach of the British regular forces. Following this fascinating tale, participants will have the opportunity to ride ponies themselves and learn about horse care! Fee for this half day program is $45. Pre-Registration required.
June 25-July 4
Purchase a Flag For The Field of Honor® Now Through June 19!
The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum are hosting the 2nd annual Field of Honor® at River Road Park in Bedminster to celebrate our great nation, pay tribute to the service men and women who have preserved our freedom, and honor loved ones.
Over 200 American flags will be available for adoption and displayed in the North Field of River Road Park in Bedminster beginning Sunday, June 25th through Tuesday, July 4th.
Flags can be purchased for $40 at Bedminster Town Hall, or for $45 online at http://bit.ly/2s2cH0u or visit www.healingfield.org/bedminster17/. Each flag will be identified with your personal sentiment. Flags may be picked up on Wednesday July 5 after 4 pm.
Community Picnic – Sunday, July 2 – 1 to 4 p.m.
On Sunday, July 2nd, the community is invited to stroll through the Field of Honor® and picnic on the grounds from 1 to 4 pm. Musical entertainment will be provided by the popular NJ band Hoi Polloi, with food and beverages available for purchase. Proceeds will support VetREST, a non-profit organization to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).
What is Field of Honor®?
The Field of Honor® program is part of a national movement that started out as a way to commemorate the lives lost on September 11, 2001. In just a short amount of time, the concept has grown and communities like ours across America are turning to Field of Honor® tributes to raise money and awareness for a growing array of causes. The Field of Honor® is a community project of remembrance, and an expression of humanity and patriotism.
VetRest is a non-profit organization that began in 2013 as an initiative to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). Medical studies show that there is often a direct link between veterans suffering from PTS and suicides. With the help of several West Point graduates and friends concerned about veterans, Major General Dan York launched VetREST to facilitate Restoration, Encouragement, Solace and Training for our nation’s veterans. VetREST is committed to helping veterans identify the cause of their PTS in an environment to promote healing so they can live a healthy lifestyle. For more information about VetREST visit www.vetrest.org.
Independence Day Celebration
Museum Open 1 to 4 pm
Stroll Through The Field of Honor®
On Sunday, July 2nd, the community is invited to stroll through the Field of Honor® and
picnic on the grounds of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum from 1 to 4 pm.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the
popular NJ band Hoi Polloi, with food and
beverages available for purchase. Proceeds
will support VetREST, a non-profit organization
to help veterans suffering from Post-
Traumatic Stress (PTS).
Honor A Loved One By Purchasing A Flag For the Field of Honor®
From now through June 19, flags can be purchased for $40 at Bedminster Town Hall, or for $45 online at http://bit.ly/2s2cH0u or visit www.healingfield.org/bedminster17/. Each flag will be identified with your personal sentiment. Flags may be picked up on Wednesday July 5 after 4 pm.
Revolutionary Spirit Night @ TD Bank Ballpark
Join us at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater for Revolutionary Spirit Night, sponsored by Somerset Patriots Baseball and Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area. Baseball fans will be transported to Colonial-era New Jersey as the Somerset Patriots celebrate New Jersey’s Revolutionary War history during the All-Star Game. This event combines America’s pastime with the spirit of independence! Attendees will be welcomed to step into the past with hands-on demonstrations, costumed re-enactors, a Revolutionary troop encampment and cannon demonstration. To purchase tickets, contact the Somerset Patriots box office at (908) 252-0700.
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.”
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.