Historic Walnford

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

    Quilt Block Challenge

Quilt Block Challenge

Celebrate spring at Historic Walnford with a non-competitive quilt block challenge. Pick up your free fabric pack March 1-8 (while supplies last) at Historic Walnford daily between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Taking a packet commits you to returning a quilt block. Let your imagination and your skills guide your design(s)!                 

  • You must use some of all the challenge fabrics in the quilt block
  • You may add up to 3 additional fabrics of your choice
  • The completed quilt block must be  a 12 in. square (not including seam allowance)
  •  Blocks are pieced “top” only, no batting and quilting
  • You may submit as many different blocks as you like made from the fabric pack 
  • Innovative piecework, appliqué, and embellishments are acceptable as long as the criteria listed above are met.

Pin your name, contact phone # or email address, to your quilt block. Return block(s) to Historic Walnford,  62 Walnford Rd., Allentown, NJ 08501 between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  no later than Wednesday, May 6.

Blocks will be on display Sun., May 10, 1 p.m. at Historic Walnford on view daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Sunday, May 31. Please pick up your block(s) June 2-7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Historic Walnford. Questions? Call Historic Walnford 609 259-6275 or email sbent@monmouthcountyparks.com.

Historic Walnford

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     Carriage House
Corn Crib entrance way                                             1879 Carriage House

Waln House     Waln House Kitchen
1772 Waln House                                                  
Waln House kitchen

Gristmill     Interior of Gristmill
Working Grist Mill                                                   
Interior view of Grist Mill

Upcoming Free Events at Historic Walnford

A Quilt Block Challenge   
Stitch a story - a new quilt block challenge to honor women past and present. Pick up your fabric packet (while supplies last) and information sheet at Historic Walnford between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from March 1-8. Completed blocks are due by 4 p.m. on May 6. Entries will be displayed at Historic Walnford from May 10- 31. Anyone may enter; let your creativity bloom as we move in to spring.

Black and White, and Read All Over
Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15 from 1-4 p.m.
Relax with a newspaper, browse through a magazine this weekend at Walnford to catch up on the news - from over 150 years ago. You may be surprised to see what has and hasn’t changed, when we set out some of our archival treasures for your reading pleasure.

You Can Make a Basket  
Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3 from 1-4 p.m.   
Over and under, under and over - stop in this weekend and inspired by the baskets on exhibit at Walnford, we’ll show you how to make a small basket using paper strips and natural materials.

Quilt Block Display    
Sunday, May 10 from 1-4 p.m.   
The results of our Quilt Block Challenge will be revealed this afternoon when we unveil what promises to be an amazing display of creative design and needlework.

Walnford Day    
Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.   
It’s our annual open house celebration and we mean that literally - you can tour from cellar to attic, listen to harpsichord and recorder duets in the front parlor and step outside for spinning and weaving, woodworking, blacksmithing, and milling demonstrations, and handson activities, games, exhibits, and displays.We’ll offer a sample of Walnford’s history to engage everyone

Butter and Eggs   
Sunday, May 31 from 1-4 p.m.   
Churn and then sample fresh butter, sort and grade the farm fresh eggs, meet a beautiful Jersey cow and hens and chicks. As you sample some chores from the past you’ll also learn how you can make butter at home and pick up some DYI tips for backyard poultry.

Walnford Locator

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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.