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 8am-7pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and 8am-4:30pm thereafter.
Historic buildings are open daily from 9am-4pm.
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 8am - 4:30pm daily. NOTE: For those that 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 pm 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
Read All About It
Saturday & Sunday, March 15 & 16 from 1-4pm
This is your annual opportunity to pull up a chair and peruse the news - from long ago. Newspapers and magazines from the 1800s saved by the Walns, will be brought out for your reading pleasure. This is a wonderful way to see how much and how little our world has changed.
From Pink Brandywine to Stowell’s Evergreen
Sunday, March 23 from 1-4pm
Drop-in to explore the amazing array of heirloom vegetables, flowers, and other garden plants still available today. Enjoy looking through seed catalogs and garden plans from the past as we celebrate spring and a new growing season.
Swoosh and Rumble,the Mill Comes Alive
Saturday & Sunday, April 5 & 6 from 1-4pm
Milling demonstrations begin and continue on weekend afternoons through November. Listen to the swoosh of corn sliding down spouts, hear the rumbling millstones, and feel the building come alive as this marvelous 19th century mill turns corn in to cornmeal right before your eyes.
Walnford in Bloom
Saturday & Sunday, April 19 & 20 from 1-4pm
The majestic redbud tree, rows of daffodils, and a variety of wildflowers offer a burst of color. Weather permitting, admire nature’s fresh attire this weekend while you picnic or fish by the creek, explore the historic buildings, and watch the mill in operation; Walnford offers something to delight all ages.
Spring Cleaning! Hands-On History
Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4 from 1-4pm
Have some good clean fun beating rugs, scrubbing clothes, and learning how elbow grease produced a clean house. Enjoy some hands-on history and gain more appreciation for today’s technology
Threads of Time
Sunday, May 11 from 1-4pm
Watch beautiful patterns appear as threads intertwine on our looms. From utilitarian rag rugs to intricate coverlets, learn more about the fibers, tools and techniques used to produce household textiles and clothing in the 18th century. Enjoy this free family activity this Mother’s Day!
Walnford Day...Now in May!
Sunday, May 18 from 11am-5pm
Experience some sights and sounds of the past with hands-on historical crafts, demonstrations, exhibits, music, milling, and horse drawn wagon rides. Formerly held in the fall, we’ve moved this annual event to May, so gather up your family and friends, pack a picnic, and head to Walnford for a (historically) fun-filled afternoon.
An Invitation to Artists
Walnford’s buildings and landscape offer a variety of subjects for plein air painters and photographers. We invite you to capture the beauty of the park in any season, and then participate in an exhibit, artists’ reception, and sale of work inspired by Walnford on Sunday, October 5.
Exhibits & Displays
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. Please check back for opening date.
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.