Young Stealing Cannons and Fading Blue: The Lost Forest of Derrick Ony’s Farm

Find out more about Findlay Farm (Derrick Ony, 2390 Park Avenue, Findlay, NJ). Photo: FROM THE FARM’S SOURCE WEBSITE. .

The farm over 300 acres sits on a peninsula at the eastern end of Jackson, New Jersey. It is the largest inland farm in the Hudson County, running from the town of Dresher across the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound to Milford, New Jersey.

In his 1895 book, “Come Take Me to Your New England Home,” Frederick Law Olmsted described it as “one of the most extraordinary New England countryside treasures . . . an informal park kept too lightly, half full of alder trees, half full of bracken and yellow poplars, and too quiet.”

To call the farm itself somewhat secluded would be an understatement, but it’s somewhat obscured by a tall wooden fence and wall that encircles the property. In fact, it is the only large natural pine forest in the town. It is managed by the non-profit, Ronald B. Jordan Farm Preservation Conservancy in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

With so much land available for very little land, this well-mannered pasture land is filled with animals and exposed in many areas. Their sweet story is what enriches these picturesque scenes.


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