The Park “Save the Barn Committee” was formed by the Township in 2008 to rescue the barn on the township park property at a point where serious deterioration after standing idle for more than 30 years was evident. The 90 acre park site, located on Potomac Street 1/4 mile east of the village of Mt. Bethel and State Route 611, was acquired from Reliant Energy Mid-Atlantic (now NRG) in June 2003 as compensation for a loss of recreation land the Township was allowed to use near the Reliant Energy power plant on the Delaware River east of this site.
It was noted in the 2006 Park Master Plan that the existing main barn, smaller heifer barn and silo be rehabilitated for adaptive reuse as a focal point and benefit to the park. They could be made functional in a way that provides flexibility for township utilization without compromising the integrity and character of the structures. They are representative of the past looking into the future of the Park. The Township razed the addition to the barn, the concrete block milk house and a smaller barn. The house and other out buildings had been razed earlier.
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We thank Robin Weidman for documenting an exhaustive landowner research of the property going back to a descendant of William Penn turning over the land to the Baker family. The earliest mention of this property in Northampton County Archives begins in a patent book in Harrisburg, PA. The property changed hands thirteen times since the Bakers sold it in 1791. The property was always a farm and was named the September Farm by its last private owner. The last owner was the electric company who donated the acres to the Township for our park.
If you are interested in a few more details, contact the township to see the entire document to be requested from the barn committee. The committee welcomes any other information on the property or the farm owners.
The mission of the Barn Committee is to rehabilitate the barn so that present and future generations of our greater community can utilize it as a resource while at the same time its prominence in the park authenticates the township’s agricultural heritage.
Barn Committee Members
- Laraine Brands
- Judith Henckel
- Linda Monks
- Doris MacPherson
- David Karner
- Howard Klein
- Janet Pearson
- Mike Strouse
- Tom Farrell
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VOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME! Please contact Laraine Brands at 570-897-5659 to volunteer and/or attend our meetings. Meetings first Thursday of the month as needed/announced at 7:00PM at the township building. We look forward to seeing you there!
Below are some before/after photos of the project.