Choose from Three Options
- $12 for the 13th Annual Colonial Christmas and house tour for two ($20 value)
- $23 for the 13th Annual Colonial Christmas and house tour for four ($40 value)
- $32 for the 13th Annual Colonial Christmas and house tour for six ($60 value)
The 13th annual Colonial Christmas allows visitors to step back in time to the winter of 1778–1779, when Bedminster’s Jacobus Vanderveer House served as the Revolutionary War headquarters of General Henry Knox. The fundraiser features tours of the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial home (decorated for the holidays by New Jersey floral designers), holiday shopping with boutique vendors and artisans; colonial musicians and re-enactors, military demonstrations, performances by the Bernards High School Madrigals and Harmonium Choral Group, Santa visits from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and permanent exhibits including The Kitchen Hearth, The Vanderveer Parlor, The Knox Bedroom, The Prich Matthews History Center and The Lumber Room. Children younger than 12 enter for free. Holiday decorating workshops and horse-drawn carriage rides will also be available (for an additional fee).
Available dates include November 28–29 and December 3–6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from Colonial Christmas benefit exhibit development, historical interpretations, and educational programs at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum.
Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
The Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum invites visitors to step inside a beautifully restored 1772 home for a vivid look at life during the American Revolution. The Dutch-Colonial frame house was home to members of the area's prominent Vanderveer Family and served as headquarters for General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-79. During his stay, Knox commanded an artillery encampment in nearby Pluckemin. The Vanderveer House is the only surviving structure associated with the Pluckemin encampment, now recognized as America's first military training academy and a precursor to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Docents, costumed guides and interactive exhibits teach visitors of all ages about the lives of Dutch settlers in the region and the role of the Vanderveer House in the history of our country.