Upcoming Events at the Meadows

PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE OFTEN FOR UPDATES.  Because these are historic homes, events may have to be moved, postponed or cancelled for various reasons.  Any such occurrences will be posted on this page, as well as our calendar.


We want to know what type of programming you would like to see.  Suggestions for historic, local, environmental, educational, or fun events are all welcome and appreciated.   We especially would like to engage our younger generations.  Please send an email to tmf.org.1289@gmail.com with your suggestions.


Second Sundays:  Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House

Open FREE to the Public

2nd Sunday, Apr-Oct 2024    1-4pm    215 South Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ

Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

Wyckoff-Garretson House, 1730 and 1805

The Meadows Foundation announces the opening of the Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House and Carriage Barn, every second Sunday of the month starting in April and going through October.  There will be docents on hand to conduct tours and answer questions about colonial life.  The recently renovated carriage barn features a used book and gift shop.  The historic home is filled with artifacts and period furniture, clothing and other items.WG cradle

In addition, talks and craft demonstrations will periodically be conducted in the conference room, and videos about life in colonial times will be shown in the media room.  The buildings will be open from 1pm-4pm, May through October.  This is a FREE EVENT, so bring family and friends and enjoy an interesting afternoon with us! 



Introducing CLUB MEADOWS

2nd Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 PM.  See calendar for location.

Develop Your Conversational Skills • Dr. Quintal & Associates Counseling  CenterClub Meadows is a monthly, super-casual get-together for the purpose of hanging out and talking history!

This is not a presenter/audience-type event – it is a casual, friendly, unstructured meetup for folks who enjoy discussion various historic topics.  The subject matter is decided by YOU.  A book, an artifact, an idea, a movie, a myth or legend, a personal experience – whatever you wish to talk about is fair game.  Have you always wanted to know about a particular place or event?  Ask the other people in attendance, they might know!  No need to dress up, bring something to eat or drink if you like, come late or leave early – it’s all good!  There is no age limit, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

To find out where the next meetup is being held, you can look at our calendar or get on our mailing list for upcoming events.  Just send a request to tmf.org.1289@gmail.com.

Club Meadows is hosted by The Meadows Foundation and is open to our current Members.  We also welcome anyone who is a member of ANY historic organization in Franklin Township (Somerset County), NJ.  Not a member?  No problem!  Just come to a meetup and you can join The Meadows when you arrive (annual membership is from $10-$20/year).  

Flyer PDF: Club Meadows 2024

Backyard Birds – a hands-on workshop

Sunday, May 26, 2024, 2-4 PM

Bird song fills the woods, meadows, and wetlands of New Jersey in spring. Migrant birds are passing through and breeding birds are just returning for another summer season. We will take a walk during birding’s most productive month and learn more about these spectacular species.  Join naturalist Ben Barkley from the Somerset County Parks Commission’s Environmental Education Center at the Van Duyn-Van Wickle House to teach us all about our lovely little backyard buddies.  This is a hands-on, outdoor workshop in which you will learn about the fundamentals of backyard birdwatching, basic identification skills, what to feed backyard birds, as well as where and when to place your feeders.

This event will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2024 from 2-4 pm at the historic Van Duyn-Van Wickle House, 1289 Easton Avenue, Somerset, NJ (at the foot of DeMott Lane next to the canal and Rutgers Prep).  (Note: there are no bathroom facilities at this location.)  The fee for attending is $12 for members (tickets available 3/25) and $15 for non-members (tickets available 4/8).  This event is for ages 12 and over, and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please purchase your tickets at https://ticketstripe.com/TMFBackyardBirds2024 or email us to reserve payment at the door.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at tmf.org.1289@gmail.com.

Flyer PDF:  Backyard Birds 5-26-24 

The Honeybee!

Sunday, June 2, 2024, 2-4 PM


Join us for a presentation about the wonderful honeybee – little critter with a little name that has a massive impact on our world.  Members of the Morris and Somerset County Beekeepers Association (MSCBA) will discuss the importance of pollinators, the characteristics and habitat, the role they play in food production, beekeeping and what to plant to attract pollinators.  They will also be an observation hive so that you can see and understand what activities happen in a colony and its structure.

In addition to learning about the life of these wonderful insects, the MSCBA will be selling locally collected honey!

This event will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2024 from 2-4 pm at the historic Hageman House and Farm, 209 South Middlebush Road, Somerset, NJ.  The fee for attending is $12 for members (tickets available 3/25) and $15 for non-members (tickets available 4/8).  Light refreshments will be served. Please purchase your tickets at https://ticketstripe.com/TMFHoneybee2024 or email us to reserve payment at the door.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at tmf.org.1289@gmail.com.

Flyer PDF: Bees 6-2-24

An Annual Tradition – Sinterklaas!

December 1, 2024