An Exceptional Opportunity!
Our Annual

for Members at the

1860 James Van Zandt Mansion –
 home of
SAVE-A Friend To Homeless Animals
December 15th,  3-5 pm

Free to members (membership can be paid at the door)

We are also asking everyone to make a $10 donation to SAVE at the door

Please RSVP by December 9th to:

VHHS, Box 23, Belle Mead, NJ 08502

908-359-8304 or info@vanharlingen.org


1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ just north of Route 518

This magnificent Italianate Villa style house, built in 1860 by gentleman farmer, James Van Zandt, was a tribute to his stature in the community. The elegant three-story spiral staircase and domed ceiling are elaborate features. 

The property was purchased by the founder of Friends of Homeless Animals. The group merged with SAVE and searched for a new center, to provide larger administrative space and a state-of-the-art adoption facility for 25 dogs and 75 cats.


Saturday Afternoon Local History Movies at the Gulick House:                

  • November 30 at 1 pm   The Delaware and Raritan Canal                              
  • December 28 at 1 pm    We Remember Montgomery – 1988 panel discussion

Each movie showing is limited to the first 20 Society members who sign up.

To register, email info@vanharlingen.org

If you’d like to attend one of the movies and are not a member, click here for membership form.



Mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you at these free events!  As always, thanks to our business members:

While you are here we hope you might consider becoming a member, visiting our store or making a donation to help support our historical societies,many projects including the Gulick House, farm museum and the Schoolhouse.

Like us on our Facebook page to be among the first to know about future events.

 Show your civic pride – get your Montgomery flag

Montgomery Township proudly flies the official Montgomery flag at Veterans Memorial Park.   A 2.5 x 4 foot “ home” size version of the flag is now available to the citizenry of the Township.   The Van Harlingen Historical Society is selling a limited quantity of flags, made in the USA, for $40.

To order, contact info@vanharlingen.org for more information.   A 2” x 4” stick flag is also available for $5.


The Gulick House library, located at 506 Route 601 in Belle Mead, is opened the last Saturday of the month from 10 – 12. Drop by for a visit.  We’re having a pop-up book sale and you can obtain gently used local history books for ½ price.

The Van Harlingen Historical Society

was founded in 1965 to help preserve the heritage of the Montgomery Township area and to interpret the area’s history through educational programs, publications, and exhibits.   VHHS believes that by educating people about our rich history, we create a stronger sense of community.