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circa 1740

Mail: P.O. Box 115, South Bound Brook, New Jersey 08880 
Location: 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, New Jersey 08880

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The Next Event is Tory Jack Day - February 11th, 2017

Due to ongoing restoration work, Tours by Appointment only. call 732-469-5836

The next meeting of FASH is on November 15th, 2016

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The Abraham Staats House is one of the finest surviving buildings from the Dutch Settlement of the Raritan Valley in the 18th century.  Over the centuries the house has been expanded several times and now includes a fine late, Federal/Greek Revival two-story addition.


The house had an interesting history during the American Revolution when it served as the headquarters of General von Steuben during the second Middlebrook Encampment (1779).


The Abraham Staats House was acquired by Borough of South Bound Brook in 1999 with grant assistance provided by Somerset County (the previous owner was given life tenancy).  With foresight and through thoughtful negotiation, the Borough has insured that this important site will remain in the public domain.


The Abraham Staats House was entered onto the New Jersey Register of Historic Places on August 29, 2002 and the National Register of Historic Places on December 4, 2002.  






Don't miss our Calendar of Events page it lists our yearly events followed by other events of interest to our members.

For more information click on anything in blue to learn more.


The Friends of Abraham Staats House meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month at
7:00 p.m.  

Location: The Abraham Staats House, 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook




The 2016
"Battle of Bound Brook
Living History Weekend"

Reenactment of the
April 13, 1777 Battle is over but memories remain.
Thank you to all who visited and participated in this successful event
Save the date next year
April 8-9, 2017



The Friends of Abraham
Staats House
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Friends of  
Abraham Staats House, Inc. 

PO Box 115    

17 von Steuben Lane   

 South Bound Brook, NJ 08880


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Time to renew your Membership for 2017.

As we set up last year, you have options of online payments by Credit Card or PayPal or by mailed check. 
Go to the Donation/Membership page to make your payment. Please consider also adding a donation amount to your membership fee when you do renew. This coming year promises to be an exciting year for the house and a donation will help us expand our programs and exhibits.
Thank you for your continuing support.

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.
Thank you again to those who made donations for the trees.

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. 
Go to the Donation/Membership page to see the new payment options..

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 year, 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.
Dedication Plaque in North Orchard View of North Orchard
While we all will miss Barry dearly, his legacy will live on.

Annual Elections for 2016 Held on December 5th

The officers and trustees for the Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc. for 2016 have been elected. The 2015 officers have all been reelected and the trustees, Jody and Marilyn whose 3 year term was up in 2015, were also reelected. We also welcome a new trustee, Diane Lopa. Go to the About Us page to see the 2016 officers and trustees.
Congratulations to the team as they lead the Friends in 2016.

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.
Six historic sites will receive a combined total of more than $895,000 in 2013 Historic Preservation Grants from Somerset County. Click here to read more about the grant recipients and to see photos of the historic sites and the ceremonial check presentations.

A well-deserved thank-you goes out to our own Kathy Faulks and Kathy Ormosi for their excellent grant application.

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, 2016.
Plan to bring your tattered and torn US flags to the June 14, 2016 ceremony for their proper disposal or drop them off at the South Bound Brook Borough Hall.

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.
Congratulations to Zachary and good luck to him as he go on to college.

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.  


LOOK! The barns are down...

                             view of from parking area                                                                                         view of house from inside barn foundation


2016 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.  

Click here to renew your membership or to become a member

As a benefit to all members of Friends of Abraham Staats House, you and your immediate family members are eligible to join Affinity Federal Credit Union and take advantage of their products and services. 

For more information go to Affinity Federal Credit Union or call 1-800-325-0808

Show Your Support for New Jersey History!

Support state historic preservation efforts by choosing a “Discover NJ History” license plate. Monies from the Historic License Plate Fund benefit the preservation of historic property and the promotion of New Jersey’s history. For more information visit the

New Jersey Historic Trust: Historic License Plate Fund.


Thanks to Bob Gaudio who has built us two picnic tables for the house, they look great! 

The Friends of Abraham Staat NJHC Grant


The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc. received an operating support grant
from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State

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