Historic Bridgewater house, Manville Freedom Plaza will get funds in new federal budget

Improvements to the house where Gen. George Washington once danced during the Revolutionary War construction of a Veteran’s Freedom Plaza in Manville, and programs for youth mentoring and food security in Plainfield, were among 15 projects in New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District that will receive funding in the new federal budget.

In all, Congressman Bonnie Watson Coleman announced, the funding for public facility restorations, flood mitigation initiatives and youth programs amounted to $15 million.

“As New Jersey’s sole congressional appropriator, I take great pride in making sure my constituents’ federal tax dollars come right back to their communities,” Watson Coleman said. “From mental health services to infrastructure improvements, these investments will make Central Jersey a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Van Veghten House

The Somerset County Historical society will receive $2,443,000 for major restorations to the Van Veghten House on Van Veghten Drive in the Finderne section of Bridgewater.

According to local historian Bruce Doorly, the house, which dates to the 1720s, was the site of a party for the officers during the Revolutionary War on March 19, 1779.

Gen. Nathanael Greene, who was staying at the house, wrote a letter to a friend that Washington danced for three hours with his wife, Catharine Greene. Martha Washington also attended the party but had “sworn off dancing,” according to Doorly.

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