FRIENDS OF JACOBUS VANDERVEER HOUSE HOST PRESENTATION ON PLUCKEMIN CANTONMENT
Bedminster, NJ – January 30, 2013 — The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite the public to a presentation on the Pluckemin Cantonment and a preview of the Digital Virtual Cantonment on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at 3: 30 p.m. at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum in Bedminster, New Jersey.
General Henry Knox commanded the Pluckemin Cantonment, which is considered by historians to be America’s first military training academy, during his stay at the Jacobus Vanderveer House during the Revolutionary War in 1778-79. The Cantonment was located where the Hills of Bedminster residential community is sited today. Dr. John Seidel and Dr. Stewart Bruce, professors at Washington College, are creating a virtual 3D model of the cantonment, which they will preview in this presentation.
The Jacobus Vanderveer House will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on February 17th as one of five Revolutionary War headquarters on the Heritage Trail Association’s “Five Generals Tour.” An historic re-enactor will portray General Henry Knox and tour guides will be present for visitors. Visitors can join a narrated bus tour or visit the historic sites individually. More information on the tour can be found at www.heritagetrail.org.
“The Digital Virtual Cantonment is an exciting use of 21st century technology to tell an important 18th century story,” said Leslie Mole´, immediate past president of the Friends of Jacobus Vanderveer House and chair of the Virtual Cantonment project. “This project will serve as the centerpiece for interpreting a significant lost treasure of the American Revolution.”
The open house is suitable for all ages. The presentation is intended for audiences 14 and up. There is no charge for admission, but registration is requested via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jacobus Vanderveer House served as headquarters for General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-79 and is the only known building still standing that was associated with the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, believed to be the first installation in America to train officers in engineering and artillery. The Jacobus Vanderveer House interprets Dutch colonial life in America as well as the stay by General Knox and his family during the 1778-79 encampment. A National and New Jersey Historic Site, the Jacobus Vanderveer House is a true landmark that offers a vivid look into the history of our country and the lives of those who made it.
The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 955 Route 202/206, Bedminster, NJ, behind River Road Park. Entrance to the house is through River Road Park. For directions and more information about the Jacobus Vanderveer House, visit www.jvanderveerhouse.com.