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Derrick Van Veghten House

Circa 1725

 
 
Derrick Van Veghten House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas R. D'Amico, October 16, 2012
1. Derrick Van Veghten House Marker
Inscription. The house stands on its original site over looking the Raritan River. The land was once part of an 834 acre plantation that Derrick’s father, Michael, purchased in 1697. Derrick, who was born here in 1699, was a prosperous farmer, respected member of the community, and staunch patriot.

Derrick’s house served as headquarters for Quartermaster Nathanael Greene during the 1778 -1779 Middlebrook Encampment, and units of the Continental Army were encamped on his land. While in residence, General Greene wrote a letter to a friend describing "a pretty little frisk" held in the house, and during the course of the evening, General Washington danced with Mrs. Greene for "upwards of three hours without seting [sic] down".
 
Location. 40° 33.444′ N, 74° 35.292′ W. Marker is in Bridgewater, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is on Van Veghten Drive 0.3 miles west of Finderne Avenue (County Route 633), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The sign is located on the Van Veghten House driveway directly in front of the house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9 Van Veghten Drive, Bridgewater NJ 08807, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Washington’s Route from Princeton (approx.

Derrick Van Veghten House Marker & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas R. D'Amico, October 16, 2012
2. Derrick Van Veghten House Marker & Marker
0.4 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Continental Army Encampment (approx. 1.2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); American Revolution Army Encampent (approx. 1.3 miles away); Somerset Hotel (approx. 1.3 miles away); National Guard Armory (approx. 1.3 miles away); Washington’s Route from Princeton to Morristown (approx. 1.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The Somerset County Historical Society. (Submitted on October 20, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Derrick Van Veghten House image. Click for full size.
By Thomas R. D'Amico, August 22, 2012
3. Derrick Van Veghten House
Somerset County Historical Society Headquarters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2012, by Thomas R. D'Amico of Somerville, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2012, by Thomas R. D'Amico of Somerville, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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