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.

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Photo by Jim Del Giudice

Farmhouse and English Barn

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 and is the home of the Lord Stirling Theater Company. It also hosts barn dances, workshops, receptions and special events.

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 for rental.

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.

Kennedy room gallery

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


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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You can make a donation using the button above or send a check payable to:

The Friends of KMS Farmstead
P.O. Box 155,
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Annual Membership fees are $50 family, $35 individual, $20 for seniors and students.  Membership applications are here.


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.


Drive Slowly

Please drive slowly while visiting the Farmstead. Children, pets and many other precious folks use the drive, so please observe the 10 MPH speed limit. Thank you!

Friends of the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead Inc.

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  1. Love Farmstead Arts! I have been looking for a place near by where I can get back into doing art again. I went to art school back in the 70’s, but I have been a preschool teacher and have gotten away from it. Needing a career change as I get older made me decide it was time to start taking classes again wanting to sell my art when I retire from teaching. With the help of those who have encouraged me to do so I am starting towards that goal. Farmstead is a perfect!
    I tried to click like on your faculty page, but it won’t let me. I don’t have a word press account. I am taking ceramic classes and wanted to add a comment about how much I like the teacher, Debbie Limoli, and taking her class. What a great experience to create something, for its so rewarding and exciting to see how your piece turns out after it comes out of the kiln. She brings out the best in your abilities and it’s not just learning how to sculpt it’s learning about different kinds of animals and where they live, what they look like, and their differences, She showed me a rabbit and told me what kind of rabbit it was made after. I didn’t know that kind of rabbit even existed. You’re not just learning art in her class it’s so much more! She is open to answer any questions even on how to sell your work. She has been encouraging and helpful with starting my new business goals in art.

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