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

  • Tom Sawyer, A Musical by the Hexagon Players in the English Barn

    Tom Sawyer will be performed June 5 - 13, 2015

       The Hexagon Players will present the family-friendly musical Tom Sawyer in the English Barn June 5 – 13.  Tickets can be purchased through http://www.Hexagonplayers.org/

    Show Dates & Times —
    June 5 – 7:30 PM | June 6 – 2 & 7:30 PM | June 7 – 3 PM
    June 12 – 7:30 PM | June 13 – 2 & 7:30 PM

  • Farmstead Member and Faculty Show Sundays through June 14, 1 – 4 PM.  Stop by to see the art during intermission of the Tempest. 

  • Visit the Farmstead Booth #71 at Bernards Twp Charter Day,Saturday, May 16 from 10 – 5 

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

  • Drawing Workshops for Teens thru Adults – New

    Eventbrite - Intro to Drawing, Colored Pencil Drawing and Indoor Studio Landscapes for High School through Adults

  • The Farmstead Players Play Reading Group meets in the Farmhouse on the first Monday of each month at 7 PM in the Farmhouse Gallery.  On Monday, June 1, the group will read two plays :  SALOME by Oscar Wilde, and an obscure Japanese Noh  one-act play,  IKUTA by: Zembo Motoyaso (1453-1532). Contact Director William Ward at wjpward@verizon.net to join the group and read.  Free and open to the public
  • Volunteers are needed to serve as Treasurer, Construction Committee Members, Public Relations, History Specialist, Performing Arts Coordinator, Membership Chair, 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 is expected to start in May and be finished by July 15.  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.

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.



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.


 Historic Barn and Farmhouse Available for Private Events

 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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