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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 Events are " NJ Paranormal Investigators Fundraiser at the Abraham Staats House " on May 11th at 7 pm
and a 10 am viewing of "Farming in the Millstone Valley: Past and Present – Film & Discussion"
The House is open for free tours on May 11th from 10 am to noon
The next Meeting of FASH is on May 21st

Tickets via Eventbrite

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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

Saturday May 11:
  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  Click here for details





The 2019
"Battle of Bound Brook
Living History Weekend"
and Reenactment"

April 13-14, 2019
Thank you to all who made the 2019 Battle of Bound Brook Living History Weekend and Reenactment a success.

See you next year!

Save the Date
April 18-19, 2020



The Friends of Abraham
Staats House
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call 732-369-3583 or



Friends of  
Abraham Staats House, Inc. 

PO Box 115    

17 von Steuben Lane   

 South Bound Brook, NJ 08880


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Annual Elections for 2019 Held on December 7

The annual elections for the Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc. for 2019 has been held. Rich Trefflich was elected to fill the vacancy for the office of Vice President. Diane Pfister was elected as Trustee replacing Jody Miles. The other officers and trustees remain in their 2018 positions.
A final note:
We thank Jody for her years of volunteerism with our organization. While her move to Florida took her physically away from us, she is still an member to us.
Go to the About Us page to see the 2019 officers and trustees.
Congratulations to the leadership team and best wishes as they lead the Friends in 2019.

Time to renew your Membership for 2019

Your options include online payments by Credit Card or PayPal or by mailed check. 
Go to the Donation/Membership page to make your online 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.

Calendar of Events for 2019 is Ready

The 2019 events are now listed on our Events Page.
Go to the Event page often as we are still developing our 2019 programs.

National Park Service Cancellations
The National Park Service Passbook is Now Available for Sale.

To go with the National Park Service Cancellation Stamps we recently acquired, we now have the Passbooks to get you started on your adventure to collect these stamps here at the Abraham Staats House, any National Park, or other sites that have their own stamps #NPSPASSPORT

National Park Service Passbook
The Abraham Staats House has New National Park Service Stamps.

Just in and just in time for the Battle of Bound Brook. The Abraham Staats House has added 3 new National Park Service Stamps to complement our current one for the "Crossroads of the American Revolution NHA - New Jersey". We now have
"Crossroads of the American Revolution NHA - Abraham Staats House c. 1740 SBB NJ"
"Crossroads of the American Revolution NHA - Battle of Bound Brook Reenactment"
"Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route NHT - South Bound Brook, NJ"
Come to the registration tent during the Battle of Bound Brook event and have your Passport Book updated with these newest stamps. #NPSPASSPORT

Abraham Staats House Logo
Our new look and logo is ready.

With the guidance of Gordon Bond, we have a new logo, brochure, membership card, and events card. As you see the door is open to our house; the dutch door as featured in our logo, of course. The brochure is a quad-fold that can be combined with either or both of the cards to be given to visitors at the house or given to other locations willing to put them on their racks.
If you haven't been to this house this year, use these links to see them:
Membership Card
Events Card

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.

Abraham Staats House Sign

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.

One was awarded to the Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc. (FASH) to hire two historic preservation consultants to help with: 1) development and implemetation of a Collections Management Policy, and 2) development of an updated brochure.and marketing materials.

The second grant was awarded to the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission. The borough, which owns the Abraham Staats House property, applied for a grant to hire an historic preservation expert to assist in developing a Furnishing Plan for two of the earliest rooms of the house. Additional details about the two grants can be found here.

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.

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.

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, 2017.
Plan to bring your tattered and torn US flags to the June 14, 2017 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.  


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


2019 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


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The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State though the State/County History Partnership Program Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission

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