In the last few months, progress has been made in our effort to save Pitney Farm from public auction. With your help, we may be poised for success in our effort to SAVE PITNEY FARM from demolition.
We need to pack the room one more time and show the Mendham Twp Committee that the community wants Pitney Farm to be used for the public benefit, rather than put into the hands of developers who will build yet more houses. We urge you to come at 7:00 PM (a bit earlier than usual) on Tuesday, September 8th, to the Mendham Town Hall, 2 West Main Street, Brookside, NJ. Continue reading
All of the historic structures on Pitney Farm, dating back to pre-Revolutionary days, are in danger of being lost in developers’ pursuit of residential redevelopment, increasing Mendham’s housing density at the expense of our heritage. The Mendham Township Committee is disregarding the recommendations of its own Historic Preservation Committee.
Please make your voice heard. Write a Letter to the Editor, e-mail each one of the Mendham Township Committee members. Go to the “Get Involved” section of this web site and tell the Mendham Township Committee that they cannot ignore the overwhelming public sentiment to preserve historic Pitney Farm. The Mendham Township Committee may be focused on the money, but they were elected to carry out the will of the people — and that is to save and re-purpose Pitney Farm for the benefit of the community.
On February 24, 2015, Ray Nadaskay, Chair of Mendham Township Historic Preservation Committee, presented his committee’s plea to the Mendham Township Committee. He urged them to be good stewards of the Pitney Farm property currently owned by the township, and to “retain, preserve, and re-purpose Pitney Farm for the benefit of present and future citizens of the Township of Mendham.” Continue reading
The NJ Historic Preservation Office has awarded Pitney Farm structures and property a certification of eligibility to be listed on the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places. Recognized as the Pitney Farm Historic District, the farm’s structures singled out by the NJHPO include:
- the pre-Revolutionary Main House
- the 1860 Farmer’s Cottage
- the 1930s Chauffeur’s Cottage
- the 1910 Cottage
- the Main Barn
- Ice House
- rare Corn Crib
- the display gardens
- the working gardens
- the 250 year old maple Alleé
These buildings and gardens were recognized by the NJ Historic Preservation Office to be eligible for listing on the New Jersey and National Registers under three of their four criteria. They deemed Pitney Farm to be worthy of listing as an irreplaceable New Jersey historic resource. Currently, Pitney Farm has no historic protection. Continue reading
At the request of the Mendham Township Committee, the Township Engineer John Hansen presented two proposals on March 24, 2015 for the use of the historic 5.1 acres of Pitney Farm. Both plans envision the sale of the property to a developer and the loss of every historic structure.
Proposal 1, shown below, would entail the creation of 7 lots, the loss of every existing historic structure and the construction of 7 residential homes.
Proposal 2 would entail the loss of every existing historic structure and the construction of 5 age-restricted residences on a single lot.
Mendham Township Engineer’s Proposal to demolish all historic structures and build 7 homes.
If the thought of losing all of the recognized historic treasures on Pitney Farm upsets you, please help save Pitney Farm. Send a Letter to the Editor, e-mail each one of the Mendham Township Committee members, or go to the “Get Involved” section of this web site.
The Township Committee is ignoring the overwhelming public support to save historic Pitney Farm. Tell them you want the 300-year old Pitney Farm to be preserved in perpetuity — for our children, our families, and our seniors — providing needed programming and spaces to benefit the community. Tell the Mendham Township Committee that selling to developers will lead to more intensive development of the site than the current zoning allows and therefore will increase housing density in Mendham. That’s not why residents chose to move to Mendham.
Stormy Day, Back Barn at Pitney Farm, oil on board by Tjelda vander Meijden
“I like to go outside early in the morning or late in the afternoon to try to capture the essence of the light as it hits the flowers or streams across the red barn. Those are all moments that make you aware of how beautiful the farm is.” Tjelda vander Meijden, Artist in Residence at Pitney Farm from 2012-2014, plans to again offer Art Classes to all ages at Pitney Farm and show their work at the Pitney Farm Gallery if the Friends of Pitney Farm and the community can save the farmstead.