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    NEXT MEETING - OCTOBER 8, 2019
              AT DR. COOKE'S OFFICE
         McCampbell Avenue - 6:00 PM
                        








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BAYONET FARM
The Bayonet Farm residence has maintained its function as a working agricultural farm while transforming from a quaint farmhouse to a country estate.  The main Bayonet Farm residence was built in the early 19th century when James McGee purchased the farm. Part of the house dates back over 200 years and land titles go back to the original patent of 1677. 
In 1936, Laura Harding bought the farm with approximately 60 acres of land. Miss Harding was born in Philadelphia and raised in Rumson. She had a brief career on the stage with the Berkshire Playhouse and the Theater Guild. She became close friends with Katherine Hepburn, who visited her often in Holmdel. She had a distinguished career of social service with MCOSS and served on the Board of Riverview Hospital. She was active in efforts to preserve the rural aspect of Holmdel and was instrumental in Holmdel's acquisition of Cross Farm.
In 1985, Laura Harding sold a part of Bayonet Farm, which had by that time expanded through several land purchases to 140.86 acres, to the Holmdel Township for $1.6 million for purposes of recreation, health, horticulture and public gardens to preserve and conserve open spaces, bird sanctuaries, arboretums, nature and equitation trails and to allow pasturing of farm animals and growing of farm crops.


MORE ABOUT BAYONET FARM

This property was purchased with funding assistance provided by the State's Green Acres program. Under the terms of the sale, Miss Harding retained life rights to the farm, where she continued to reside until her death in 1994. In addition, Laura Harding and her sister, Catherine Harding Tailer donated to the Holmdel Township another 90 acres of farmland across the road from Bayonet Farm with similar life rights.