Calendar of Events for 2018 is Ready
The 2018 events from January to June are now listed on our Events Page.
Annual Elections for 2018 Held on December 1st
The annual elections for the Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc.
for 2018 has been held. Bill Harnden decided not to continue as Treasurer with Tom Harabin being elected to that position,
leaving a vacancy for the office of Vice President.
Time to renew your Membership for 2018
Your options include online payments by Credit Card or PayPal
or by mailed check.
Change To the Start Time of the Monthly Membership Meeting
At the October meeting the Friends of Abraham Staats House voted to change the start time of the monthly meetings back to 7:00 pm. We will continue meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the new time. See you there!
The new sign has been installed
We have a new sign at the driveway entrance for the Abraham Staats House to welcome visitors.
Two Grants Awarded for the Benefit of the Abraham Staats House
The Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission has awarded two grants that will benefit the
Abraham Staats Hosue, from the New Jersey Historical Commission under the State/County History Partnership Program
(SCHPP) for the calendar year 2017.
The North Orchard planting is complete
Earlier this spring, four more Esopus Spitzenberg Apple Trees were purchased with help of donations for the trees.
They were then planted which completes the North Orchard at the Abraham Staats House.
The trees did blossom and young apples developed, although the stress of the drought this summer caused the
immature fruit to drop. We look forward to a better crop next year.
You Can Donate or Pay For your Membership Online
A Donation/Membership page has been added to our website with the options of online payments by Credit Card or PayPal
or check payments. The old Membership button under our
banner is now the Donation/Membership button.
Dedication of the New North Orchard to Barry Franzyshen
On December 19th, 2015, the family and the extended family of Barry Franzyshen, who passed away earlier this
gathered at the Abraham Staats House to dedicate the new North Orchard on the grounds with the unveiling of
the plaque shown in the picture. They also have provided the first two trees which were planted earlier this
fall. They are varieties of apple trees available during the 18th century. The Friends of Abraham Staats House
will be planting more apple trees in the spring. We thank them all for their gift.
The Borough of South Bound Brook receives another grant for our house
The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded
the 2013 Historic Preservation Grants.
Boy Scout Troop 42 / Cub Scout Pack 42 Flag Retirement Ceremony
Boy Scout Troop 42 with Cub Scout Pack 42 will hold their annual
Flag Retirement Ceremony on Flag Day, June 14th, 2017.
The Eagle Scout project for pathways to the outbuildings is complete
This summer the pathways to and borders around the Smokehouse and Corn Crib were
completed as the Boy Scout Eagle Scout project for Zachary Vatalare.
For the project, he led his workers in excavating the pathways and borders,
laying down the weed barrier and the stone. As an added benefit, having raised
more money for the project than he ended up spending,
he was able to donate the unspent funds to our organization.
For his efforts, he subsequently passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review.
Joyce Smith receives 2012 History Award in Education
On May 2nd, 2012, the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission presented the 2012 Historic Preservation and History Awards at the Brook Art Center in Bound Brook. Among the recipients was Joyce Smith for her work in bringing Black History to the public. Anyone who has attended any of past Tory Jack Days know her commitment to excellence that made her deserving of this award. Congratulations to Joyce from all of us.
Author/Historian John Cunningham signing and speaking about his book "The Uncertain Revolution" during the Battle of Bound Brook event at the Staats House, April 2008.
The crumbling barn foundation has been stabilized
barn as of 1934 with carriage house in background view of foundation from parking area 2008
view of foundation from parking area 2017 view of foundation from north side
2018 Membership Dues are due
Annual membership rates are: Individual - $15; Seniors/Students(individual) - $10; Family - $20; Corporate - $50; Organizational - $30 or reciprocity; and Life (Individual) - $300.
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