Telephone Pole Farm – Chester Township, New Jersey - Atlas Obscura
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Chester Township, New Jersey

Telephone Pole Farm

A farm in New Jersey grew a most unusual crop for AT&T's testing purposes. 

While the word “farm” might be a stretch, this former AT&T testing site in Chester, New Jersey definitely gives the illusion of farming with hundreds of tree trunks shaped into poles “planted” into the ground in tidy rows. AT&T created the farm in the 1920’s, varying arboreal species and different protectant methods, then allegedly subjected their test subjects to flocks of woodpeckers, hordes of pocket gophers, and the most unforgiving enemy of all, time. The poles are carefully marked with metal data tags, and the site doubled as a training ground as a climbing school for technicians to practice.

The farm is now part of Highlands Ridge Park, a popular spot for families and hikers and a great place to spot local wildlife.

Know Before You Go

From intersection of routes 510 and 513 (Amoco Gas Station), proceed North on 513 (North Rd.)