Murray Farmhouse and Barn: a New Jersey Historic Site
A Brief History of The Murray Farmhouse and Barn
In 1969 a
group of dedicated citizens, hoping to save Poricy Brook from the impacts of a
proposed sewer trunk line, formed the Poricy Park Citizens Committee. Their
campaign was successful and in 1973 the Citizens Committee was incorporated as
a tax-exempt, non-profit organization to begin the task of preserving the land
that is now Poricy
Between 1971 and 1973, using funds from private contributors, Middletown Township,
The Nature Conservancy, and the New Jersey Green Acres Program, the Committee
was able to purchase the land, build the park's Nature
Center and restore the historic Murray farmhouse and
The Township agreed to designate the park as a nature preserve and lease
the park to the Citizens Committee for a nominal annual fee. Educational
programs at the park began in the summer of 1975, and by 1978, a full schedule
of programs for school classes and the public was underway.
organization has since grown both in size and in the scope of its
services. Because of this, in 2004, the Board of Directors and Members voted to
change the name of the organization to the Poricy Park Conservancy (PPC).
other community based non-profit conservancies, PPC provides a wide range of
benefits and services from stewardship of its New Jersey State Historic Site, to
the presentation of special events for the public
throughout the year.