Basking Ridge Farmstead Receives Preservation Award

2010 Historic Preservation Award To Recognize the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead –

The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is pleased to announce its 2010 Historic Preservation Award. In special recognition of the 250th anniversary of Bernards Township, a single project that represents three centuries of Township history has been selected for honor. The Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead has been chosen as an outstanding example of achievement in historic preservation.

The award will be presented on Thursday evening, May 20, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brick Academy, 15 W. Oak Street, Basking Ridge. The program will include an illustrated slide program on the rich history of the Farmstead and its many illustrious owners, including Rev. Samuel Kennedy, Col. Ephraim Martin, and Bell Labs inventor Gerald Pearson. A retrospective photograph exhibit of previously recognized projects will be on display during the event.

In announcing the award, Chairperson Marcella Miccolis stated, “The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is privileged to bestow the 2010 Historic Preservation Award on the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead. The inspiring project preserves a Bernards Township landmark, listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places, as well as provides an adaptive reuse as an arts center for future generations.” The award will be accepted by members of the Friends of the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead, a non-profit organization that was established to preserve and operate the Farmstead. Upon learning of the award, Friends’ President John Campbell said, “This project is an excellent example of what can be accomplished through public and private collaboration. The Farmstead for the Arts is on the brink of a very exciting time, with preservation of the Farmhouse set to be completed by the end of the summer, and arts programming to start this fall.

Bernards Township Mayor Scott Spitzer said, “I am pleased to participate in this celebration during our Township’s 250th anniversary year. The Farmstead is a significant part of our Township’s heritage, and the Friends of the Farmstead have made an impressive start to preservation of this historical site.”

Beginning this year, the award will be dedicated to the memory of the late Bernards Township resident Lorraine Passmore, who served the Historical Society for over forty years and was a dedicated advocate of local history and historic preservation.

The public is invited to this free event. Refreshments and musical entertainment will follow the presentation.

For additional information about the KMS Farmstead, visit www.kmsfarmstead.org

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