Facebook Logo62 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

Walnford Day       
Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.    

        
Experience some of the sights, sounds, and smells of history at our annual sampler of historical activities. With harpsichord music in the front parlor, the blacksmiths shaping iron, the mill grinding corn, horse drawn wagon rides, woodworking, spinning, quill pen calligraphy, and fun and games for all ages.  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, 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 

Happy Birthday!    
Born in 1816, Sarah Waln lived at Walnford for all her 90 years. We will celebrate her bicentennial with a variety of displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities at Historic Walnford throughout the year. Please check back for updates to see what we have planned.

Walnford Day       
Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.            
Experience some of the sights, sounds, and smells of history at our annual sampler of historical activities. With harpsichord music in the front parlor, the blacksmiths shaping iron, the mill grinding corn, horse drawn wagon rides, woodworking, spinning, quill pen calligraphy, and fun and games for all ages.

Horseless Carriages - Antique Autos Come to Walnford          
Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.   
One of the greatest innovations in transportation will dot our shady landscape with a display of several beautiful pre-1946 automobiles. Bring a picnic lunch and give yourself time for a leisurely stroll among the cars and their proud owners. Weather permitting.

The Roots of Root Beer    
Sunday, June 26 from 1-4 p.m.              
It’s thirst quenching history as we share fun facts about root beer, a connection to the Waln family, and you have a chance to sample a variety of brews including our own recipe.

Celebrate the 4th of July   
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, July 2, 3 & 4 from 1-4 p.m.     
We will think about the meaning of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness at Historic Walnford on Fourth of July weekend against the backdrop of the largest pre-Revolutionary War home standing in Monmouth County. Read a copy of the momentous Declaration of Independence, don a ticorn hat or delicate muslin cap, and dip a quill in an ink well to compose your thoughts on freedom.

Happy 200th, Sallie Waln!     
Saturday, July 16 from 5-7 p.m.       
Celebrate the 200th birthday of this notable member of the Waln family. Born at Walnford on July 16, 1816, Sarah (Sallie) Waln’s 90 years here left an enduring mark on this beautiful property. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn, relax, explore her legacy, and learn a bit about the history of birthday celebrations while you enjoy a slice of cake in Sallie’s honor.

Behind the Barriers: Explore the Gristmill from Bottom to Top      
Saturday, July 23 at 9:30 a.m.  
(ages 12 and up)
This is your chance to see all the equipment on all four levels of the mill with a guided tour that reveals the history, artistry and engineering of this amazing food factory. Space is limited, please reserve your spot by calling Walnford, 609 259-6275.

Edible History - Ice Cream!     
Sunday, August 7 from 3-4 p.m.     
Learn a little of the history of this cooling summer time treat as you help us crank, and then consume, several ice cream flavors made from 19th century recipes. Can you imagine a better way to spend an hour on a summer afternoon? We’ll begin in the shade of the trees by the ice house at Historic Walnford. This is free historical family fun at
at its best. 

Coming Soon!  Sarah Waln, Life and Legacy       
Born at Walnford, July 16, 1816, Sarah (Sallie) Waln Explore Sarah (Sallie) Waln’s life through her words, deeds and belongings in a display on the 2nd floor of the Waln house, her home until her death in 1907.
Open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


 


 

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.