62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501
609-259-6275 - Historic Walnford House
609-259-5794 - Ranger Station
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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.
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- We're pleased to announce that the painting in the Waln House is completed and the building has reopened.
- The gristmill did not resume operation as scheduled on April 7. Repairs are underway and we hope to be grinding again for public demonstrations in May. Please check back for updates.
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.
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.
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 entrance
1879 Carriage House
1772 Waln House
Waln House kitchen
Interior view of Grist Mill
Upcoming Free Events at Historic Walnford
Antique Auto Display at Historic Walnford
Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pre-WWII automobiles are on display. Stroll our leafy landscape admiring these early 20th century beauties; add a tour of the 18th century Waln house and 19th century gristmill to complete your trip across three centuries.
Food Vendor Application
A Taste of History - The Roots of Root Beer
Sunday, June 24 from 1-4 p.m.
Back by popular demand - bring a picnic for an afternoon of free family fun sampling a dozen root beers: identifying flavors and matching ingredients, enhanced by the fascinating history of entrepreneur Charles Hires and his wife Emma Waln.
Digging Up History
Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Trash as treasure? Historical archaeology looks for buried remnants from the past to learn more about people’s lives centuries ago. Join us for a morning of looking at what’s been found and what stories may be unearthed beneath our feet. Open to ages 8 and up, under 18 with adult.
A Taste of History - Ice Cream!
Sunday, August 5 at 3 p.m.
Gather in the shade of the ice house to learn about this frozen treat while you help us crank and then sample several flavors of ice cream prepared from 19th c. recipes. Free family fun and cool history all in one!
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.