Bring your students to the revolution!
Beautiful Batsto Village, located in Wharton State Forest, is the site of a former bog iron and glass-making community. Founded in 1766 by ironmaster Charles Reed, the Batsto Iron Works was constructed on the banks of the Batsto River. The name derives from the Swedish “Batstu,” which means bathing place, and the bathers were probably the Lenni-Lenape Indians. Batsto provides a great field trip opportunity throughout the year. Groups may schedule tours, including school groups. There are no specific programs concerning the Village, however, the educational value of a tour is evident. A full-time naturalist conducts natural history programs for school groups.
Camden County Historical Society Programs
Pomona Hall Tour
A complete tour of the 18th-century Cooper residence and our two-story museum. $3.00 per student; one chaperone per 10 students included, additional chaperones are $8.00 each.
Open Hearth Cooking
Demonstrated in the kitchen of Pomona Hall. Visitors see a colonial meal prepared and are invited to sample. This two-hour program includes a tour of Pomona Hall and the museum. $5.00 per student; one chaperone per 10 students included, additional chaperones are $8.00. For groups of 25 or less the fee is $3.00 per student plus $100.00 for open hearth cooking; one chaperone per 10 students included, additional chaperones are $8.00.
Programs are available for school groups beginning with the second grade. Programs are also available for special education students as well as those involved in home schooling.
Group tours are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cornelius Low House / Middlesex County Museum
1125 River Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: (732) 745-4177
Email: [email protected]
Built in 1741 atop a bluff overlooking River Road (known then as Raritan Landing,) the stately Georgian manor home of Cornelius Low Jr. today is home to the Middlesex County Museum. Visitors approach the site via an interpretive pathway with narrative plaques and other media that illustrate the history of the Low House. The building itself has been beautifully restored — down to the original paint color and wood roof shingles — to reflect the times when Cornelius Low Jr. lived here with his family, some 260 years ago.
Dedicated to public education, the County Museum presents exhibitions designed to enhance visitors’ awareness of the state’s history and its impact upon our nation. Guided tours, workshops, lectures, outreach programs and other activities complement the museum’s displays to help bring history to life for students of all ages and other museum visitors. Visit the museum’s official website for complete details.
Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum
School visits are appropriate for students of all ages. Our hands-on children’s room offers toys and furnishings for older pre-school and students through Grade 3. Older elementary students and middle school and high school students can learn more about these topics:
Daily life in New Jersey in the late 1700’s
The Revolutionary War and Gen. Henry Knox, George Washington’s artillery commander (later the first Secretary of War in President Washington’s cabinet)
Architecture in the late 1700’s (Dutch colonial) and early 1800’s (Federal style addition)
HOME EDUCATORS, SCOUT TROUPS & CAMP GROUPS
The Jacobus Vanderveer House welcomes visits throughout the year during the day, evenings, and on weekends. Special events and materials can be tailored to your visit.