Middlesex County Freeholders: Save the Adams House in South Plainfield
The newly restored Adams Farmhouse and Barn is considered by many to be a historic landmark and now, after years of planning and preserving the Historic Adam's Farm Homestead Property, the Middlesex County Freeholders suddenly demolishing one of the oldest Farmsteads left in Middlesex County. With the recent passing of Charlie Adams, this decision is an insult to the memory and history that Charlie Adams and his family played in Central New Jersey. The Freeholders and their agents are doing this during Thanksgiving Holiday, with no notice or public input and have Station Park Rangers and armed police to keep the public from witnessing or documenting their actions to raze the newly renovated home and barn.
This historic and bucolic last remaining farmstead in the South Plainfield Portion of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Areas was purchased by the County and saved from destruction when a developer was looking to clear cut the property for poorly planned homes. The Adams Farmstead was preserved with the farmhouse and barn being renovated for Charlie Adams, the last remaining of 9 children raised in the home. Now Middlesex County Freeholders want to demolish the beautiful Adams Farm Homestead located in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area in South Plainfield, Middlesex County, New Jersey.
The Adams Farm Estate is a gorgeous two story farmhouse, built by the Adams' Family nearly a century ago. The home is one of the first ever built in this area surrounded by the "Everglades of Central Jersey" - the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area. It also has a custom barn where each beam inside is individually numbered with roman numerals - a true historic Farmstead site that should also serve as a wonderful education tool.
The home and property were purchased by Middlesex County from Charlie Adams, who lived there in his last remaining years through a life estate negotiated by all stakeholders. The recent restoration of the home and barn includes replacing the roof and other major renovations, just before Mr. Adams passing several months ago. Middlesex County taxpayers paid to purchase this farm and homestead with the county promising to protect it for future generations and integrate it into the region planning for the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area Master Plan.
A common vision of the community was to transform the Historic Farmstead and home into an organic farm, animal rescue and/or environmental center that would be the hub at the end of the second phase of the recently opened Middlesex County Greenway Trail.
Please let the Middlesex County Freeholders know how important this Historic Farm house is and that it must be maintained and utilized for environmental education/ recreation and not be razed or destroyed. The Adams Farm must remain for future generations to enjoy in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area.
Take action now - tell the Freeholders to stop the destruction of the Adams Farm and preserve the Adams Farm in South Plainfield and honor Charlie Adams' Legacy. For more info go to NJdismalswamp.com and to watch a tour of the farm with the late Charles Adams click on this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhQGkLzTXgE
- Commissioner NJDEP
Bob Martin (Commissioner NJDEP)
- Freeholder Director
Ronald G. Rios
- President of the United States
- New Jersey State Senate
- New Jersey State House
- U.S. Senate
- U.S. House of Representatives
Charles E. Tomaro
Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.
Peter J. Barnes
Carol Barrett Bellante
- Freeholder Deputy Director
Blanquita B. Valenti
H. James Polos
- New Jersey Governor
- Mayor, South Plainfield
Matthew P. Anesh
- Council President South Plainfield
Derryck C. White
I am writing to express my support for the preservation of the Adams Farm House and Barn located in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area in South Plainfield, Middlesex County, New Jersey. The Middlesex County Freeholders must stop their whole destruction of this historic homes full of antiques and amazing wood work.
This unique and bucolic estate is a gorgeous three story farmhouse built by the Adams' Family nearly a century ago on this unique area in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area. The home is one of the first homes ever built in this area surrounded by the "Everglades of Central Jersey". It also has a custom barn where each beam inside is individually numbered with roman numerals - a true historic preservation site that can also serve as a wonderful education tool. The County committed to preserving this Farmstead and must honor its commitment.
The "Diz" is an amazing and important regional resource in Central New Jersey. The Middlesex County Freeholders must honor their commitment and preserve the Farmstead and home for future generations to enjoy instead of razing the newly renovated house and barn. The preservation of the farm house and barn as a historic site is extremely important and potential uses of the Farmhouse and property should include an education/environmental center, a place for wildlife rehabilitation and even an organic garden for future generations to learn about and experience firsthand. The Adams Farmstead is a historically important site and should be used to educate thousands of families in Central New Jersey as well act as a link in connecting the various networks within the Dismal Swamp and Middlesex Greenways Extension. This in turn will help to preserve all the remaining land in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Areas, creating an expanded recreation area for the community to enjoy.
Additionally, the non-profit Edison Wetlands Association and their partners in the land trust community have proven they are responsible stewards of lands in this watershed and can manage the Adams Farmstead property if Middlesex County cannot. The Edith Stevens Preserve is just one example of the successful and important efforts of preserving historic sites.
We do not want to see a beautiful newly renovated historic homestead simply demolished by the Middlesex County Freeholders. We trust that the County will work with the community and environmental groups to preserve the Adams' farmhouse so the entire community and future generations can enjoy it. Thank you for listening to the voices of the people and please take the preservation of the Adams Farm Homestead very seriously.
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