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
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 Greenway (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.
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.
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
You Scream, I Scream, for ICE CREAM
Sunday, August 3 from 3-4 p.m.
Family fun and food history intertwine as we crank and then sample batches of cold sweet ice cream made using historic recipes and techniques. Develop a new appreciation for a treat we may take for granted today. Participation is at least half the fun
2nd Annual Sweet Corn Festival
Saturday, August 16 from 1-4 p.m.
Sweet Corn and summer go together! The festival will include live music, corn themed crafts and activities for children, climbing wall and more. Admission and parking are free.
Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7 from 1-4 p.m.
From graces to croquet, we'll have an array of historical activities, both physical and mental, to keep visitors of all ages and abilities entertained.
Annual Cornbread Contest
Sunday, September 21 from 1-3 p.m.
Like to bake? Innovative or traditional, we want your cornbread! Bake a 9 x 13" pan and bring it to Walnford at 1 p.m. along with a printed copy of your recipe. Prize ribbons will be awarded at 3 p.m. and copies of the newest edition of the Walnford Cornbread Cookbook will be given to each baker.
Corny Joke Contest
Sunday, September 21 from 2-3 p.m.
We're all ears for your favorite corny joke! We'll read the family friendly entries and judge the winner by laughter. A suitable trophy will be awarded to the winning joke.
Harness Racing History
Sunday, October 5 from 1-4 p.m.
Meet trainers, owners and drivers that have made the standardbred horse an important part of New Jersey's past, present and future. Learn about the evolution of harness racing and hear stories of races won or lost by a nose at the opening reception for "The Story of Harness Racing by Currier and Ives".
The Standardbred Horse
Sunday, October 19 from 1-4 p.m.
Meet Independent Act, "Indy" to his friends, a retired trotter. Learn about the beauty, conformation, and intelligence of the standardbred horse. See the historical images of trotters and pacers on exhibit in "The Story of Harness Racing by Currier and Ives" on display in the main house.
A Currier & Ives Selfie
Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9 from 1-4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, November 15 & 16 from 1-4 p.m.
Inspired by the Currier & Ives prints on exhibit, we'll have a sleigh and some 19th century fashion accessories available for you to drop-in and shoot your own nostalgic photo. Amateur photographers only.
Exhibits & Displays
ON DISPLAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
From Outhouse to In House,
an Historical Peek at Personal Hygiene
Find answers to often unspoken questions as we share information and artifacts on bathrooms, bathing, and other aspects of personal hygiene from the 18th to early 20th centuries at Walnford.
ON DISPLAY FROM OCTOBER 4-NOVEMBER 30, 2014
The Story of Harness Racing
by Currier & Ives
This traveling exhibit from the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame will be on display in the Waln House. 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.
Park Map (pdf)
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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.