Visit the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial Jacobus Vanderveer House in Bedminster this weekend or next to celebrate the 15th Annual Colonial Christmas in one of the area’s most historic homes, which is beautifully decorated for the holidays. Special events begin with a tree lighting on Friday, November 24 at 7PM and continue throughout the weekend as well as the first weekend in December. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road in Bedminster.
This popular fundraiser features tours of the museum decorated for the holidays by local designers; holiday shopping with boutique merchants and artisans; Colonial musicians, re-enactors and crafters; pet photos with Santa Paws; military demonstrations; a reindeer program; Santa visits; a gingerbread house workshop for children; and a holiday decorating workshop for adults. Here is a look at this weekend’s schedule:
Friday, November 24, 7PM
The tree lighting is free to the community and features caroling with the Harmonium Choral Society, hot pretzels and hot chocolate.
Saturday, November 25, 10AM to 4PM
Museum tours, holiday shopping, Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters, and demonstrations by the Hunterdon County Rug Artisan’s Guild. From 1 to 3PM, a Reindeer Magic & Miracles Program takes place, and at 2:30PM, there is a Laura Clare Holiday Decorating Workshop for Adults . Decorate your own sweet-smelling lemon cypress tree under the guidance of acclaimed floral and event designer Laura Clare. The 1½ hour workshop is $55 per person. To register, call 908-396-6053 or visit the Jacobus Vanderveer House website.
Sunday, November 26, 10AM to 4PM
Museum tours, holiday shopping, Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters, The Evolution of the Gingerbread Man with Susan McLellan Plaisted, John Lamb’s Artillery Company Demonstrations, Demonstrations by the Hunterdon County Rug Artisan’s Guild. The Ridge High School a Capella Choir performs at 1PM and Santa visits from 1 to 3PM on Sunday.
The Colonial Café will be open both weekends on Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 3PM, serving traditional American soups, salads, sandwiches, sides and desserts.
The Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum was the headquarters of General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-79 and the only surviving building associated with the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, America’s first military academy. A State and National Historic Site, the Vanderveer house interprets 18th century Dutch Colonial life through the Vanderveer and Knox families and underscores the Pluckemin Cantonment’s role in helping the Continental Army to defeat the British during the Revolutionary War.