Monday, December 8, 2014

Derrick Van Veghten House

Derrick Van Veghten House
9 Van Veghten Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
I had the opportunity to visit the Derrick Van Veghten House in Bridgewater, NJ two weeks ago. This home is one of several locations that are associated with the Continental Army's encampment at Middlebrook (see 12/1/14 post). The home served as the headquarters for Quartermaster General Nathanael Greene during the winter encampment of 1778-1779. The home is very well preserved, and serves as the current home of the Somerset County Historical Society.
Below is a write up on the home from Somerset County's Weekend Journey through the Past website, along with some photos I took of the site:
"The Van Veghten House stands on its original site on the north bank of the Raritan River. The present structure evolved from the first house built by Michael Van Veghten before 1720.
The house served as headquarters for Quartermaster Nathanael Greene during the Middlebrook Encampment in 1778-1779. Units of the Continental Army's Pennsylvania Brigade were encamped on his fields.
While in residence, General Greene wrote a letter describing 'a pretty little frisk' held in the house on March 17, 1779. Throughout the course of the evening, Washington danced with Mrs. Greene 'upwards of three hours without seting [sic] down.'"

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