209 South Middlebush Road
The Hageman farmstead dates to 1756, but the current house was built in 1861, and the current barns were raised in 1876. Only two families ever lived in the house – the Garretsons and the Hagemans. Peter Hageman was the Township tax collector from 1928 to his death in 1943, and his wife assumed his duties until 1967. Township residents would go to the Hageman house to pay their taxes. The room that was used as the tax office is off of the side porch, and you can still see some of the equipment and ledgers that were part of the job. There are three barns on the property: the one closest to the house is the carriage barn, next is the horse barn with big sliding doors, and finally the dairy barn on the lowest part of the property. If you look carefully, you can see the outline of the livestock fence in front of the dairy barn (hint: the grass is always greener…). Underneath the horse barn lives a colony of barn swallows whose aerial acrobatics are quite entertaining. The swallows are migratory – one day in the spring they entire colony arrives, and one day in the autumn the entire colony departs.
This site is stewarded by The Meadows Foundation, a non-profit established in 1977 for the purpose of obtaining, restoring, and maintaining historically significant homes and providing programming for the education, recreation and interest of the public and future generations.
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In addition to docents being on hand to answer questions, you may tour the home and grounds, and antique farm implements will be on display in the carriage barn. Some are fragile and some are sharp, so please take care when viewing them, and keep an eye on the kids.
There is an ADA-accessible entrance to the house, with one small step to a portion of the interior. The grounds may be soft in some areas.