3055 River Rd
Bedminster Township, NJ 07921
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.