The History of Rolling Acres, NJ

The worker's comp lawyers in Rolling Acres, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group, offer this snippet of history about the area and its landmarks.

Rolling Acres

The area of Rolling Acres is located in the southeastern section of Boonton, New Jersey. Vreeland Avenue and Interstate 287 help to create the area's borders. A large section has been designated a green nature preserve called the Veterans Memorial Park. 


Rolling Acres was appropriately named after the rolling hills of the Rockaway Valley. The town has successfully preserved much of the natural beauty despite its pressure to expand its development. This aided in the area being such a desirable area for its residents. The land is not the only preservation the area has strived to maintain; a few historical landmarks have helped create the area's historic charm. 

The Barn Theatre

The Barn Theatre dates back to 1928, when Arthur Stringer decided that an amateur theatre should be an important part of a community. Along with several residents, they set up its first location in the home of Jennie Robertson in Mountain Lakes. Later that year, they would set up a more permanent theatre in her massive chicken coop. A 20-foot stage was built along with enough seats to hold 80 people and a dressing room. 

In 1939 the theatre had expanded to 100 members. They would use the former Mt. Lakes High School auditorium for some of the larger productions. Unfortunately, membership would decrease due to the war draft and military enlistments by the late 1940s. The theatre would take another hit when Mrs. Robertson died in 1942, and they were left without a building.

It would not be until 1966 when The Barn Theatre would finally rehearse in its current location. It would take many years to get the theatre into working condition, but the audience would go to great extents from more than a 20-mile radius to watch the performances. Some of the less than stellar conditions were the following:

  • trek through the mud parking lot in gowns and black tie attire
  • sit on second-hand seats that were placed on an unleveled floor
  • deal with the weather conditions as the place lacked any temperature control

The Miller-Kingland House

The oldest house in Boonton is located on Vreeland Avenue. It was built in 1740 and built by Johannes Miller. Jacob Miller sold the house in 1798 to Isaac Kingsland of London, England. Although the estate only sits on 2.5 acres today, it was originally part of a larger 183 acres at the time of Kingsland's death. 

Many of the original design is still intact:

  • sleeping attic
  • large cooking fireplace 
  • beehive oven

Keep reading: Going Back in Time in Mountain Lakes, NJ

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