• Open by appointment and during scheduled events
  • House tours and special events offered throughout the year
  • School group programs available
  • On-site parking
  • ADA accessible
  • Restrooms
  • $10 per person
  • $8 per person for groups of 10 or more
  • Children 12 and under free
  • Event rates vary

Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum

3055 River Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921


Located in River Road Park, the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum was the headquarters of General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-1779 and is the only surviving building associated with the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, America’s first military academy. The Vanderveer House interprets 18th century Dutch-Colonial life by telling the stories of the Vanderveer and Knox families through fully furnished rooms and exhibits. The house also underscores the Pluckemin Cantonment’s role in helping the Continental Army to defeat the British during the American Revolution. The Jacobus Vanderveer House was listed in the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places in 1995.

Throughout the year, the house is open for house tours, lectures, children’s and school group programs, and presentations featuring re-enactors, artists, and Colonial craftspeople.


  • Stop into the Pirch Matthews History Center to view a collection of historical documents and books chronicling the origins and restoration of the house
  • Watch the award winning video, “In Quarters Comfortable and Clever: The Continental Artillery, Pluckemin, New Jersey 1778-1779”
  • Take a stroll along the Nature Trails located within the Robert Stahl Natural Area at River Road Park

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