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Middlesex County Freeholders: Save the Adams House in South Plainfield

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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 and to watch a tour of the farm with the late Charles Adams click on this link.

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