44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel 07733
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Free Weekend Activities
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; extended hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day
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.
Longstreet Farm is open daily year round from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors may enter at their leisure, free of charge. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the farm is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Pets are not allowed within the farm.
Parent/Child Morning Chores program is offered from 8-9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month (except October). 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, March through December, from 12-3:30 p.m. or by reservation. 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 trees, 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 1890s. For your safety, as well as the safety of the animals, we ask that you do not touch or feed 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 life cycle of farm animals as it was in the 1890s 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 Philip Andras, 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:
Sunday, December 16 from 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, January 13 from 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 from 1-3 p.m.
During your visit to the farm, head to the blacksmith shop to see this skill in action.
Saturday, January 19 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, February 16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Visit the out kitchen and see what is cooking on the woodstove. Discover how food, recipes, cooking techniques and the kitchen itself has changed in the 1890s.
Saturday, December 15 from 1-3 p.m.
This holiday season, enjoy an old-fashioned sing-along as Rick Garland plays the piano in the Longstreet farmhouse.
Visit with Santa
Saturday & Sunday, December 22 & 23 from 12-3 p.m.
Enjoy an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas-children can visit with Santa, then take a walk to the farmhouse and have a cup of hot cider. Be sure to bring you camera.
Stitches in Time
Saturday, January 12 from 12-2:30 p.m.
Open to ages 7 and up. Join the Longstreet Farm staff for an informal session on hand-sewing basics - learn five basic stitches, easy mending techniques, or bring a project with you to work on as we converse. You can borrow our sundries or bring your own. This is a great chance to start a new hobby in a no-pressure environment!
Parlor Games for Wintry Weather
Saturday, January 26 from 12-2:30 p.m.
Open to ages 6 and up. Beat the winter blues - and beat your opponent too!
Learn to play forgotten 1890s games like Halma and Basilinda, or old-time favorites like Backgammon, Checkers and Reversi.
Purls of Wisdom Knitting Bee
Saturday, February 2 from 12-2:30 p.m.
Gather your needles and yarn, and come sit a spell! This gathering is a great opportunity to share patterns, get some work done on a forgotten project, or to learn a new hobby. Farm staff will be on hand to help newcomers with casting on or to teach the basics. More seasoned knitters are welcome to share their love of knitting!
Reserve Group Activities
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.
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.
- 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.