Many ask, "what is Free Acres"? Simply put we are a community within a community.
Many liken Free Acres to a Condominium or Co-op organization. This comparison isn't
Free Acres was founded in 1910 and has a very colorful past rich in history and
character. Today Free Acres is in many ways similar to any other community with
the following exceptions:
1. We share the nearly 75 acres that make up Free Acres. No individual "owns" their
property, but rather it is leased.
2. We hold very dear the trees among which we live. Trees are vehemently protected
within our 75 acre borders.
3. We own and operate our own water system.
4. We do not have curbs or street lights to preserve a more rustic and forest like
5. We maintain our own roads, including plowing and paving.
6. We govern ourselves by self rule with a simple majority vote.
Similarities to other communities;
1. Free Acres pay taxes to the townships in which Free Acres exists.(Free Acres
spans Berkeley Heights & Watchung)
2. Our children attend the township school systems.
3. Our residents participate in township organizations such as town council, PTO,
Boy/Girl Scouts and sports.
Please browse our site to learn more about Free Acres past and present. One of our
biggest assets is that Free Acres has chronicled and archived much of its existence
since the beginning. We continue to do so today and we are posting it on this site
to share with you.
Welcome friends to the Free Acres Association web site.
John Romano, son of Sue and Joe Romano
our Free Acres neighbors, has co-authored a book called "Your Digital Afterlife".
A play, Laurel Hessing translated from the Hebrew, is to be produced at Theater for the New City in May. Go to the Messages tab to get the details.
Scheff family photos
Excelsior Press Museum
Swimming to the other side, memiors of Victor Grossman.
Bolton Hall Letter.