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.

Please note that due to mechanical difficulties, the mill at Historic Walnford is not operating for demonstrations.

Free Weekend Activities | Programs & Activities Requiring Pre-Registration

Sweet Corn Festival   
Saturday, August 15 from 1-4 p.m.   

Sweet Corn Festival

Sweet Corn and summer go together! Join us as we celebrate summer with our third Annual Sweet Corn Festival. Take in the surroundings of this historical site all while enjoying live music, corn themed crafts and activities for children, the climbing wall and more. Admission and parking are free. 

 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.

Gristmill
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 are subject to fees and require a permit.  Photography shall be permitted 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

Corn Crib entrance
Carriage House

1879 Carriage House
Waln House

1772 Waln House
Waln House Kitchen

Waln House kitchen
Gristmill

Working Grist
Interior of Gristmill

Interior view of Grist Mill

Upcoming Free Events at Historic Walnford  

We all Scream for Ice Cream!  
Sunday, August 2 from 3-4 p.m.   
Learn some “cool” history as you sit beside the ice house and help us crank and then sample ice cream prepared from historical recipes. Food history is a great way to connect with the past, and fun for all ages.

Sweet Corn Festival   
Saturday, August 15 from 1-4 p.m.   
Sweet Corn and summer go together! Join us as we celebrate summer with our third Annual Sweet Corn Festival. Take in the surroundings of this historical site all while enjoying live music, corn themed crafts and activities for children, the climbing wall and more. Admission and parking are free.  

Historical Fun and Games!  
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, September 5, 6 & 7 from 1-4 p.m.   
Experience two centuries of fun this weekend! We offer a variety of historical games both indoors and out, for all to enjoy. Young or older, passive or active, we have something to engage everyone.

Bring Your Best for Our Cornbread Contest     
Sunday, September 20 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.     
Sweet or savoury, traditional or innovative; bake your favorite cornbread for our contest. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Prepare and bring a 9x13(or equivalent) pan of your cornbread along with a typed copy of the recipe to Historic Walnford between 12:30-1:00 PM. The judges rate appearance, texture and flavor, and visitors also sample and vote for their favorites. Ribbons will be awarded at 3 p.m.

Corny Joke Contest  
Sunday, September 20 from 2-3 p.m.     
Will your joke win the coveted Golden Ear trophy? Start collecting your favorite family friendly jokes for this annual rib tickling event. You must be present to participate. The “corn”ier the better!

You’re the Judge!  
Sunday, September 20 from 1-4 p.m.   
Bring an open mind and a discerning palate to sample and then select your favorite entry at our annual Cornbread Contest. Then on to the Corny Joke Contest to vote for the joke that tickles your funny bone. Round out the afternoon with a visit to the historic gristmill to see corn ground in to cornmeal; free fun for the whole family!

Photography Reception  
Sunday, October 4 from 3-4 p.m.  
Historic Walnford’s wide range of photographic opportunities draws camera clubs from near and far. Visit Walnford this month to view the beauty of our natural and historical features as seen through the lenses of the Crestwood Village Photography Club. Their images of Walnford will be on display 1-4 p.m. in the Cow Barn from October 4-November 1. Meet the photographers during this opening reception.

“Here lies...” Historical Headstones  
Saturday & Sunday, October 31 & November 1 from 1-4 p.m.  
Guardian angel, weeping willow, thoughtful sentiments or simply two dates; historical headstones can provide a message from the past. Watch as skilled craftsman Tom Kelleher of Old Sturbridge Village carves a traditional slate headstone and shares some early American social history on marking the passing from this life to the next...

Simply Elegant and Useful     
Sunday, November 8 from 1-4 p.m. 
Using a shaving horse and hand tools, craftsman Al Trenton will transform a log in to a wooden spoon. Watch the bowl and handle take shape as he cuts and carves the wood during this drop-in demonstration. Bring a new appreciation for these skills to the beautiful historical wooden implements you’ll see while touring the house and gristmill.


 

Directions:

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.