62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501
609-259-6275 - Historic Walnford House
609-259-5794 - Ranger Station
Park Brochure & Map
Park is open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. thereafter.
Historic buildings are open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free Weekend Activities | Programs & Activities Requiring Pre-Registration
Thanksgiving Mill Demonstrations
The gristmill will be running for demonstrations from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27 and from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, November 28. The Waln House will be open and welcoming visitors to the Currier and Ives exhibit.
Exhibit - The Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives
October 4-November 30
This traveling exhibit from the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame will be on display in the Waln House through the end of November. Sponsored by the CTW Foundation, the 33 original prints share the 19th century's love of horses, racing, and rural landscapes. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity for a glimpse at our past in these colorful lithographs. The Waln House is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission and parking are free.
Picturesque after a snowfall, full of fascinating history throughout the year, any day is a great time to visit this wonderful historic site and learn more about the Waln family and the evolution of Walnford over two centuries - from an 18th century industrial village and family farm to an elegant country estate. At the heart of the Crosswicks Creek Park (1436 acres), the site showcases over 200 years of social, technological and environmental history through the Waln family. The historic district includes 36 acres of field, woodland and wetlands. Pets are not allowed on the site.
Visit the large, elegant home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. The site is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. NOTE: For those who are unable to negotiate the front steps into the Waln House, accessibility is provided by use of the out kitchen ramp located in the rear of the house.
Visit and view the beautiful gristmill along the banks of Crosswicks Creek. Speak and interact with knowledgable staff on weekends April-November from 1-4 p.m. as they describe the workings of the mill. All ages are welcome, under 14 with adult. Call 609-259-6275 for more information regarding drop-in programs and reserved group tours.
Reserved Group Programs
This historic district features an 19th century grist mill, the elegant Waln family home (1773), a carriage house, and an assortment of outbuildings. Offerings include a guided site tour of the grounds, learning about the mill, a tour of the wetlands, short hands-on craft experiences, and an introduction to Historic Walnford in your classroom or meeting place. Call 609-259-6275 for more information.
Professional Portrait Photography
Professional portrait photography sessions require a permit and a fee. Photography shall be permitted on the grounds only, during normal hours of operation. Please call our Reservations Office at 732-842-4000, ext. 1 for details.
Photos of Historic Walnford
Walnford's buildings and landscape features represent every era of the site's 250 year history. These photos are provided to encourage your personal visit. Click on image to make larger.
Corn Crib entrance way 1879 Carriage House
1772 Waln House Waln House kitchen
Working Grist Mill Interior view of Grist Mill
Upcoming Free Events at Historic Walnford
Stockings Hung with Care
Sunday, December 7 from 1-4 p.m.
Leave the holiday hustle and bustle behind. Relax and enjoy some family time when you drop-in to learn a little bit about Christmas traditions of long ago as you decorate and stitch a paper stocking to hold some old fashioned holiday treats.
Saturday & Sunday, December 20 & 21 from 1-4 p.m.
Come and inhale the rich aromas and sample the sweet spiciness of a variety of gingerbreads; all prepared from historical recipes. Learn about the ingredients and the evolution of this wonderful winter food from colonial hearth to decorated house.
Celebrating Benjamin Franklin
Saturday, January 17 from 1-4 p.m.
Drop-in on as we honor this amazing multifaceted man on his birthday. From electricity to music, we will offer some simple and fun hands-on experiences and experiments to illustrate his varied interests.
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Saturday, February 14 from 1-4 p.m.
Do you have a Valentine for the one you love? View a few elegant framed 19th century Valentines on display at Historic Walnford for inspiration, and then use the supplies we provide to create a beautiful card for the object of your affection. This is the perfect start for a day of romance.
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Please note: If you choose do an internet search for directions to this address, be aware that the parking lot on site is not accessible from the Walnford Rd/Hill Rd intersection.
From the East Via I-195: Take Exit 11 (Imlaystown/Cox's Corner) and turn left onto Rt.43 (Imlaystown/Hightstown Rd). At the first intersection, turn right onto Rt. 526/Red Valley Rd. At the first light, turn left onto Sharon Station Rd and follow approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto Rt. 539 North. Travel a short distance and turn left onto Holmes Mills Rd. Make first right onto Walnford Road which leads directly into the park.
From the West: Follow I-195 to Exit 8 (Allentown), Rt. 524/539. Turn right and follow Rt. 539 through Allentown. Turn right onto Holmes Mills Rd and then right onto Walnford Rd, which leads directly into the park.
From the North: Take Rt. 9, 79, or 34S to 537W to Rt. 539 in Upper Freehold. Turn right onto Rt. 539 (Forked River Rd), then left onto Burlington Path Rd. Turn right onto Holmes Mills Rd and then left onto Walnford Rd, which leads directly into the park.