The historic farmhouse that houses the galleries and artists' studios

The historic farmhouse that houses the galleries and artists’ studios

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!

Brazilian Night at the Farmstead on Thursday, May 1 from 6:30 – 8:30 – A special event for Farmstead members and the Bernardsville Chamber of Commerce with music by Xande Cruz and trio.

The Exhibitor’s Co-op Art Show and Sale opens Sunday May 4 with an opening reception from 1 – 4 PM.

Children’s Art Classes with Anita McKenna Murphy continue with a new 8 week session from April 23 – June 11  for after school and for home schoolers on Wednesdays. Classes for creative adults are also available.

Get Ready for Mother’s Day by making your own “forever” origami bouquet at the Farmstead on May 10 at 1 PM. This class is great from adults and students in grades 6 and up.

Susan Antin will teach a four week mixed media class for high school through adults on Saturdays from 10 AM – noon starting April 26 – May 17

Debbie Limoli will teach “Play with Clay”, a 2 session workshop for middle schoolers through adults on Saturday, April 26 and May 17 from 1 – 3 PM


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.

To join Farmstead Arts, please click on the Make a Donation button below. Membership and 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.
Photography by Stephen Harris Photography by Stephen Harris _DSC0120


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.


Friends Of The Kennedy-Martin- Stelle-Farmstead Inc

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