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 The historic farmhouse that houses the galleries and artists' studios

The historic farmhouse that houses the galleries and artists’ studios

 

 What people are saying:  “Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ is unreal, beautiful, breathtaking, and full of history”

It is with great sadness that I write to you on the Passing of our friend and fellow trustee, Peter Hall.Peter was both mentor and friend to many in Bernards Township. He was also a dedicated Friend of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead. He donated his time, knowledge of building restoration, and carpentry skills into restoring the Farmstead buildings. He was constantly working on one of the numerous building projects at the Farmstead. We will miss his dry sense of humor and his no nonsense approach to getting things done. We offer our condolences to his family. We are thankful that we had the opportunity to know and work with Peter Hall. He will be missed.

Peter Hall in the English Barn

Peter Hall in the English Barn

 

 

The Farmstead is a not for profit organization, and relies on memberships and donations to continue to restore the farm buildings and present programs. Your donations are greatly appreciated.  Donations to Farmstead Arts, as part of The Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization, are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.

Make a Donation Button or send a check payable to:The Friends of KMS Farmstead
P.O. Box 155,
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920Annual Membership fees are $35/ $20 for seniors and students.  Membership applications are here.
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Welcome to Farmstead Arts, a center for fine, performing and practical arts in Basking Ridge, NJ located on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead. Listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, the Farmstead was honored with the New Jersey Preservation Award, one of the State’s highest honors for preservation and adaptive re-use. The Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead is a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization. Restoration of the buildings at the Farmstead is made possible thanks to funding from the Somerset County Historic Grant Program, the New Jersey Historic Trust and the 1772 Foundation.

What’s new at Farmstead Arts?

Work is underway on the barn and farmhouse thanks to generous funding from the Somerset County Historic Grant Program.  Hahr Construction is on site shoring up the fireplace foundation in the Martin Room and bringing electricity to the English Barn.  It won’t be long before Shakespeare, Hansel and Gretel, summer art classes and barn dances grace the rafters of the historic barn!

The Farmstead was honored with Somerset County’s Historic Preservation and History Award!  Read more at http://baskingridge.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/somerset-county-historic-preservation-and-history-awards-winners-to-be-honored-may-21

The Exhibitor’s Co-op Art Show and Sale  is now up at the Farmstead. See the show during gallery hours 1 – 4 Sundays through June 8.  Preview much of the art on our website.

 

 

 

 

 

The 18th Century English Barn has been beautifully stained and trim replaced thanks to funding from the 1772 Foundation.

The 18th Century English Barn has been beautifully stained and trim replaced thanks to funding from the 1772 Foundation.

Farmstead Arts offers art classes, workshops, art exhibits, theater, concerts, dance, children’s activities and lectures in history and the arts. Local artists utilize the upstairs rooms in the farmhouse for individual studio space.

Great News on Grants. Somerset County has awarded the Farmstead an Historic Preservation Grant of $168,000 to install electricity and a ramp in the English Barn, a new tarp for the cow shed, an historic marker and stabilize the fireplace in the Farmhouse.   The Farmstead is also honored to have received a 1772 Foundation grant to paint the English Barn and the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission has awarded the Farmstead a grant of $4000 for programming and general support for 2014. The Board  and Friends of the Farmstead are very grateful for these grants.  We consider the Farmstead very fortunate that funding through these State, County and private programs continues to be made available through tough economic times.  Funding is crucial in allowing us to continue the Farmstead’s mission of enhancing cultural opportunities within our communities and beyond.

Collaboration with local artists

Funding has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State /County Partnership Local Arts Program.

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