Welcome to the Farmstead Arts Center

 a center for fine, performing and practical arts in Basking Ridge, NJ located on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead.

  “Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ is unreal, beautiful, breathtaking, and full of history”

Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events at the Farmstead


    • ArtSee Studio Tour Sat. and Sun. Oct. 3 and 4 from 10 – 5 PM.  Free.

    • Book Swap in the Barn, Sun. Oct. 4 fro 7:30 – 9:30.  Bring a book to swap, and enjoy music, sweets and good reads in the English Barn.  $10 suggested donation benefits Room to Read, a nonprofit that promotes literacy.

    • Weekend Journey Through the Past, Sat. Oct. 10 from 10 – 5 and Sunday, Oct. 11 from noon – 4, including guided house and barn tours on the hour both days, What Price Freedom? An original one act play based on the life of Col. Ephraim Martin performed by the Farmstead Players. Sat and Sun at 3:00 p.m., colonial games and crafts, performances by William Ward, singing songs of the American Revolution, and an art show by Gallery New Jersey. Artists are also invited to paint en plein air throughout the weekend. Free

    • Frankenstein’s Fate – A Halloween Theater Production by The Lord Stirling Players in the English Barn Oct. 16 – 31.

    • Gallery NJ Art Show in the Farmhouse  Oct. 10 – 25, with a free reception Sunday, Oct. 18 from 1 – 3 PM

Cello and Piano Concert by Grammy nominated pianist, Allison Brewster Franzetti and Artist International Winner, cellist Mira Kang on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 3 PM in the Farmhouse,$15 at the door, $10 in advance

Eventbrite - Cello and Piano Concert at Farmstead Arts

Eventbrite - Animals and Art - A Class for Ages 6 - 9 at Farmstead Arts

  • Open Art Studio will be held  6-8PM on the first Tuesday of the month in 2015 in the Farm House.  $5 drop in fee, FREE for members. Next session, Tuesday, Oct. 6

  • Landscape color painting class, $45 per class with supplies included. All levels welcome.Instructed by Tammy DeVoe. Tuesday evening 10/20 from 6 – 8 PM  Eventbrite - Landscape Painting Workshops

  • Play with Clay – Pick your time and date by contacting teaching artist Debbie Limoli at 908-705-2266 or customcrittersbydeb@yahoo.com  

  • Artist Doug Schiller teaches 6 week colored pencil, beginning and advanced drawing, outdoor studio landscapes and watercolor classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the day starting in September.

  •  Free Theater Readings : First Monday of every month at 7 PM

  • Volunteers are needed  to serve as Treasurer, Construction Committee Members, Public Relations, History Specialist, Grant Writer, Fund Raising Committee and  Volunteer Chair.  Interested?  Read more here.

  • Great news on Grants!  The Farmstead has received a 2014 Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant of $140,424 to be used to continue the restoration of the English Barn, Farm House and Ice House.  Work start this month.  Read more about this here.  The Friends also received a 2015 Local Arts Programming Grant of $7000 from the SCCHC and the NJSCA to provide concerts, theater, art shows, and more during 2015.  Sincere thanks to the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Cultural and Heritage Commission and the NJ State Council on the Arts for making this funding possible!

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.

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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.


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 and Somerset County’s Historic Preservation Award. 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.


 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 restored thanks to funding from the NJ Historic Trust, Somerset County Historic Preservation Grants, and the 1772 Foundation.

The 1700's Farmhouse where classes, concerts and art shows are held and studios are available

The 1700’s Farmhouse where classes, concerts and art shows are held and studios are available

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.


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.


Friends Of The Kennedy-Martin- Stelle-Farmstead Inc

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