44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel 07733
Free Weekend Activities
The sights, sounds, and smells of rural Monmouth County in the 1890s have been re-created on 9 acres at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel Park, Holmdel. Interpreters in period dress show both daily and seasonal agricultural and domestic activities. Click here to learn more about the history of the farm.
Longstreet Farm is open daily year round from 10am - 4pm. Visitors may enter at their leisure, free of charge. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the farm is open 9 am-5 pm. Pets are not allowed within the farm.
Parent/Child Morning Chores program is offered from 8-9am the first Saturday of each month. Open to ages 4 and up. Participants will help the farm staff milk a cow, collect eggs from the chickens, and feed the livestock. Program meets at the Longstreet Visitor Center. Please dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. The cost is $15 per parent/child pair. $5 per additional participant.
The Farmhouse is open weekends and holidays, 12 noon to 3:30 pm or by reservations. For reservations and information, call (732) 946-3758.
Other points of interest: Tenant House - This building, across Longstreet Road, was home to the family that worked at Longstreet Farm. During the 1890s, the Hyland family, who emigrated from Ireland, were tenants on the farm. The house is now used for staff offices. c. 1850 with additions
Holmes-Hendrickson House - Nestled in a grove of tress, this historic museum is owned and operated by the Monmouth County Historical Association (732) 462-1466. Built in 1754, it provides an excellent example of local Dutch building tradition and a glimpse into the county's colonial past.
The site is maintained as a living historical farm with the purpose of interpreting the agricultural activities in Monmouth County's rural past. This interpretation includes the breeds of animals and crops raised at this site in the 1890's. For your safety, as well as the safety of the animals, we ask that you do not touch the animals. As a general precaution when leaving this site, you are encouraged to wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Longstreet Farm’s mission is to promote an appreciation for Monmouth County farm life at the end of the 19th century, preserving historic structures and practices through interpretive programs and tours. Livestock are an important component of this mission. The farm’s livestock are raised and cared for just as they were in the past – to meet the labor, food, and material needs of the farm. Mules and horses help plow the fields and harvest crops; dairy cows, chickens and pigs provide food to eat; and sheep are raised for meat and wool.
The livestock are well cared for and receive modern veterinary visits to secure their good health and intended use. Periodically, the animals are bred to ensure the health of the historic breeds and to provide visitors with a realistic window into the lifecycle of farm animals as it was in the 1890’s and as it is today on thousands of small farms across the nation.
When the animals grow old, or can no longer work toward the educational goals of the farm, they are replaced with animals that can. Farm staff work with local farmers who may prepare the animals for market, or with institutions that may have other uses for the animals. The Park System welcomes placement offers for retired Longstreet Farm livestock. Inquiries may be made to Sandra Byard, Park Manager, (732) 946-3758. Longstreet Farm Livestock
Upcoming Free Events at Historic Longstreet Farm
Throughout the year, Longstreet Farm hosts free weekend activities that allow visitors to experience life as it would have been during the 1890s. For info on any of these events, call (732) 946-3758.
Upcoming events include:
Decoration Day Celebration
Monday, May 27 from 12noon-3pm
This family holiday originated soon after the Civil War when women decided to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. Today we call this special holiday Memorial Day. It was a time for family reunions and fun-filled visits. Join in the celebration as the staff of Longstreet Farm enjoys an old-fashioned Decoration Day.
Saturday, June 1 from 1-3pm
Sunday, June 9 from 1-3pm
Sunday, July 21 from 1-3pm
Sunday, August 11 from 1-3pm
Sunday, June 16 from 1-3pm
Sunday, July 7 from 1-3pm
Sunday, August 4 from 1-3pm
Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4 from 12noon-3pm
Independence Day was a festive time in the 1890s. Patriotism was celebrated with music, games and good picnic food. Join the staff at Longstreet Farm as they celebrate the holiday with games and contests.
Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14 from 12noon-2pm
Take a step back in time to watch our draft animals in action. This weekend we will be threshing our wheat from the stalk on which it grows and from the chaff that covers it. This labour-intensive way of harvesting and processing wheat would have been common in the 1890s.
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Saturday, August 3 from 1-3pm
See how handtools were used in 19th century woodworking.
Penny Rug Demonstration
Sunday, August 4 from 1-3pm
Sunday, August 18 from 1-3pm
Harvest Home Festival
Sunday, September 29 from 11am-5pm
An old-fashioned country fair reminiscent of the 1890s. It takes visitors back in time when neighbors
gathered to accomplish work, harvest, and spend time socializing and enjoying each other’s company.
It calls not only for the exhibition of the best products that have been grown and the best needlework that has been done in the community, but also for games, athletic contests and similar features of recreational or educational value. Experience old-fashioned fun as it was a century ago with wagon rides, games and live entertainment. See craft demonstrations that will inspire you to start a new hobby or career. Enter one of many competitions ranging from needlework, baked goods to homegrown vegetables. Each person entering in a competition will have a chance to win a prize ribbon.
Longstreet Farm has group activities covering a variety of topics relating to agricultural and social history. Click here for a listing. These programs have been developed for a wide range of age groups. There are fees for all programs listed. For additional information and registration, call (732) 946-3758 or write to Longstreet Farm Programs, Monmouth County Park System, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738.
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- Garden State Parkway to Exit 114. Southbound, turn right onto Red Hill Rd; northbound, turn left onto Red Hill Rd. Follow Red Hill Rd. to Everett Rd., turn right (heading west). Follow Everett Rd. to Roberts Rd., turn left. Follow Roberts Rd. to Longstreet Rd., turn right to Park on left.
- State Hwy. 34 to Roberts Rd. (1.75 miles north of Rt. 520). Southbound, turn left; northbound, turn right. Follow Roberts Rd. to Longstreet Rd., turn left. Park is on left.
- State Hwy. 35 to Holmdel/Keyport Rd. Northbound, turn left; southbound, turn right. Follow Holmdel/Keyport Rd. to Crawfords Corner Rd., turn left. Continue to Longstreet Rd., turn right Park is on right.