BEDMINSTER, NJ - Bedminster’s historic Jacbous Vanderveer House & Museum has been designated a Blue Star Museum, one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum is one of 24 Blue Star Museums in New Jersey, and one of only two in Somerset County.

The free admission program is available for up to five family members of those currently serving in the United States Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps. 

“Our history with the nation’s military dates back to the Revolutionary War,” commented Craig Sutherland, President of The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House. “It was here, in the winter of 1778-79, that General Henry Knox made the Vanderveer House his home and headquarters while he commanded the nation’s first artillery training academy on a hillside in nearby Pluckemin. Today, we continue to celebrate the achievements of our nation’s veterans and welcome active duty members of the military and their families to our historic site.”

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“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

Military families planning a visit to the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum this summer can enjoy free admission to events including Patriotic Tie Dye, Yoga in the Park, Movie Night in the Park, and Bedminster’s 3rd Annual Field of Honor™ (where they will receive a 3’ x 5’ commemorative flag with a personal message, compliments of The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House).  For more information about these summer events, visit