This 1,400-acre farm just became a jewel of New Jersey preservation, but not all are happy

Holly Farm, Millville, NJ, Google Earth view

FRANK KUMMER / PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – The forested road to the vacant Brian A. Parent Center is lined by a string of unlighted lampposts, emblematic of once-big dreams for 1,380 acres known as Holly Farm.

The conference center and its cupola looms over a field, swallowed on all sides by thick woods. A rusty windmill once used for irrigation spins uselessly nearby.

Mike Powers refers to the building as “The Mansion.” Trespassing motorcyclists spin doughnuts on its lawn, spattering its brick walls and tall windows with mud.
“This was used for company meetings,” Powers says of the center, built by Atlantic City Electric …

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