Period costumes will be worn and displayed by Lady Ellen Ruck, owner of Colony Farm Antiques. Colonial re-enactors and musicians also will perform.


Lady Ellen Ruck in period clothing stands in front of a mantle in the house.
Also see the new Kitchen Hearth Exhibit and Colony Farm Antiques special loan exhibit items through out the homestead and much more!

12.02.10The Bernardsville News

BEDMINSTER TWP. – Visitors to the historic Jacobus Vanderveer House can step back in time and celebrate “A Colonial Christmas" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 5.
Hosted by the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House, the annual holiday event – now in its eighth year promises even more to see than ever, thanks to the opening of two new permanent exhibits, the Vanderveer Parlor Room and the Knox Bedroom.


More than a decade of efforts by volunteers from throughout the Somerset Hills area, including Basking Ridge, have resulted in the acquisition of two rooms of permanent furnishings at the 18th century Jacobus Vanderveer House in Bedminster. This year's Colonial Christmas again will include temporary exhibits, such as this display of 18th century clothing as displayed in a hallway in the historic house. The house has become a museum documenting its history from 1778-79, when it was occupied by American Revolutionary War Gen. Henry Knox

10.13.09Hunterdon County Democrat

DELAWARE TWP. -- A program on Colonial fashions will be presented on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building by "Lady Ellen, a seamstress and sutler by trade" and the township Historic Society. Refreshments will follow.

Society member Marilyn Cummings said Lady Ellen is "wonderfully entertaining, equally informative and a totally unique individual" with a keen "style and wit."

She said adults and students will enjoy the program, during which Lady Ellen will be accompanied by "Goodwyfe Sister," outfitted "to attend the Grand Ball, being dressed in fine cloth with all the proper underpinnings for the delight and curiosity of The Assembly."

03.12.09Baltimore County Suburban Life Spring 2009

Lady Ellens's is photographed working at the scenic and historic 18th c Jerusalem Mills site for the upcoming May event The Redocats are Coming! Bring the entire family to witness and experience 18th century camp life, displays, and military battles on horse and foot in the surrounding fields. (Admission charge.)

11.13.08Middleburg Virginia Hunt Country Life

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this June, the group specializes in Regency and English country dancing, and hosts formal balls throughout the year.

Under the guidance of dance master Thomas Spilsbury and with live music played by pianist Julie Gorka, the dancers meet once a month at the Trinity Church Parish House to learn the steps for dances for their upcoming ball.

03.01.08Lady Ellens at Historic Winter Market in Frederick, MD

From the Frederick News-Post: Ellen Ruck tends to her dresses for sale during the Historic Winter Market held at the Lynfield Event Complex on Sunday.

10.12.07Jacobus Vanderveer House - Journey Through the Past

From the Vandeveer House Website: Lady Ellen Ruck of Colony Farm Antiques in Chester lectured on 18th century fashions from bum rolls to ball gowns.

05.19.07Colonial Faire Newport News VA Endview Plantation

From the Colonial Faire Website: Lady Ellen Ruck will present & discuss layering of the fashions of the colony of Virginia and related social customs of a personal nature such as cosmetics, posture & cleanliness.

01.15.06Colony Farm Antiques at New Hope PA

From the Antiques and Arts Weekly (aka The Newtown Bee): Commenting that it was "refreshing to see such a good gate," she said that the first of many items to leave her booth was some Flow Blue that she had just purchased in Arkansas on her return trip home. "

09.07.01Ellen Ruck of Colony Farm Antiques at Farmington CT

From the Antiques and Arts Weekly (aka The Newtown Bee): Colony Farm Antiques sold Eighteenth Century pewter mugs and plates, advertising tin cans, a woolly Welsh sampler, brass spring pocket scales, medical inhaler, wood trade signs, figural trade signs, and woven Jacquard coverlet pillows.