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Rev Elias VanBunschooten Museum

Home of the NSDAR Chinkchewunska Chapter

1097 Route 23

Wantage NJ 07461


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Elias Van Bunschooten Museum at a Glance

A Bit of Background

This house was built in 1787 as the home of the Reverend Elias Van Bunschooten, a Dutch Reformed Minister.  He was a farmer, mill operator, and large land owner. The farm was part of a 1000 acre plantation.  The Dutch Colonial house is post and beam construction. Out buildings include a Wagon House, Ice House and a Privy.  The home was given to the Chinkchewunska Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution by Mr & Mrs Clifford Ramsey in 1971. The house and out buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and Places in 1974.

Elias Van Bunschooten Museum

Home of the NSDAR Chinkchewunska Chapter




Elias Van Bunschooten's Home

 In 1971 the Van Bunschooten house, outbuildings, and six and a half acres were donated to the Chinkchewunska Chapter of the DAR by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Ramsey. Soon after the acquisition, our Chapter began to restore, refurbish, and redecorate the DAR Van Bunschooten Museum. We made it our Chapter headquarters. The ten rooms are furnished in period antiques, many of which were donated by the original family, and used in the home. Items in the collection span a range from 1787 to 1860, and include: clothing, quilts and woven coverlets, furniture, oil paintings, cookware and china, wagons, and farm implements.

1787 Keeping Room

Our Chapter members devote countless hours maintaining, restoring, and preserving the museum and outbuildings including the privy, the carriage house, and the milk house. The library has over 700 volumes and is used for local historical and genealogical research.
The main house was originally constructed in 1787 for the Reverend Elias Van Bunschooten, who served the Dutch Reformed Church for 40 years. The Van Bunschooten Museum has remained true to its origins, despite four or five changes of ownership, and numerous tenants.  Electricity, plumbing, and heat have been the only modern additions.

Wagon House with Carriage and Farm Displays

The museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and Places. All the rooms are filled with period antiques (many belonging to the original family), and all rooms are open for view. The home is situated on six and a half acres of land, and includes several outbuildings including a wagon house (containing antique farm equipment and carriages), a Greek Revival privy, and an ice house with milk room.

Greek Revival Privy

The 232 year old DAR VanBenschooten Museum is located at 1097 Route 23 North, Wantage New Jersey. Our Museum will be open for tours on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 1:00pm - 4:00pm from May to October. For additional information about tours please contact: chinkchewunska1903@gmail.com

Hours of Operation

Come Visit us

2nd & 4th Sunday of the Month

May through October

1:00pm - 4:00pm


NSDAR Chickchewunska Chapter

2019 -2022 Executive Board

Bottom Row Left to Right

Treasurer, Laura Franek  Recording Secretary, Sara Demarest  Corresponding Secretary, Lisaann Permunian  Librarian, Kathy Weakland  Curator, Jenise Sileo

Back Row Left to Right

Registrar, Janet Woudenberg  Historian, Allyn Perry  Regent, Ashley Zicarrdi  2nd Vice Regent & Asst. Treasurer, Betty Manzi  Chaplain, Kathy Cook  1st Vice Regent, Carol Gonzalez


On November 11, 1902, twelve women of Sussex County gathered in Newton, to plan the formation of what would become Chinkchewunska Chapter. A charter from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was granted, and on January 12, 1903, the chapter was organized. The chapter name originates from a Native American word meaning “hilltop town” or “town on the side of a hill.” The organizing regent was Miss Frances A. McMurtry. At early chapter meetings, members read papers that they wrote about American heroes and battle campaigns of the Revolutionary War, the American flag, and patriotism. Members expressed great interest in community, state, and national affairs. 
The crowning glory of Chinkchewunska Chapter is the museum we own. In 1971, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Ramsey presented us with the deed to a Dutch colonial farmhouse, built in 1787 for the Reverend Elias Van Bunschooten, for whom our museum is named. We also own six acres of land containing a large barn and three historical outbuildings, a wagon house, Greek Revival privy, and ice house. Remaining true to its origins, the only changes made to the house in all these years are the additions of electric, plumbing, and heat. The home is listed on both the New Jersey and the National Registers of Historic Sites and Places.


"Who is hiding in the Cooper Crypt?"

Stay tuned - Ashley and Lisa will find out and share what they have learned with everyone.


Maple Madness

Monday May 20, 2019



Open to the Public

For More Information Please Email


Come learn from Frank Henion about how the Native Americans first learned about sugar in maple sap and how they then taught early settlers. Then he moves on to the American Revolution when Maple Sugaring became popular in the North because of the ports blocked by the British. He comes to more recent times with his family's first attempt in 1956, followed up with how Lusscroft Farm produces maple syrup on a historic farm today. 

Christmas in July

Friday July 12, 2019

10:30am -4:00pm

Saturday July 13, 2019

11:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday July 14, 2019

11:00am - 4:00pm

Christmas in July is an annual event to make history come alive in Sussex County at our Elias VanBunschooten Museum, a little known treasure in Sussex County! This event is an annual “open house” and also our main fund raiser to help maintain our museum. Our historic house, listed on both the State and National Registers, will be decorated for Christmas by our Chapter’s Members and open for complimentary tours by our Period Costumed Docents. Our house is a wonderful example of a Dutch Colonial style home circa 1787, filled with original pieces from the VanBunschooten and Cooper families, as well as many items of local historical interest including a Charleville musket carried in the American Revolutionary War.

The Glen Farm Ghost Tour

Saturday October 10, 2020

For more information and tickets please email chinkchewunska1903@gmail or 973-534-9760




The Van Bunschooten/Cooper Family was a very influential family in the Clove section of Wantage Township for nearly 150 years. Their homestead, the Glen Farm is now the DAR Van Bunschooten Museum. For one special night in October you will have the chance to “meet” members of the Van Bunschooten/Cooper Family. Not only will you hear the stories of the interesting lives they led, but you will also take a “journey” through 150 years of Wantage history. After your tour guests are welcome to enjoy a cup of warm apple cider by the bonfire. Homemade baked items will be available for purchasing. 100% of all proceeds go towards the historic preservation of the museum. Advanced tickets are available and strongly recommended.


Contact DAR Van Bunschooten Museum

1097 NJ-23, Sussex, NJ 07461, USA

(973) 875-7634