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 | Programs & Activities Requiring Pre-Registration
Historic Walnford is in bloom. See the redbud tree, spring bulbs and wildflowers including the bluebells found along Crosswicks Creek burst with color. (posted 4/27/2015)
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 (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.
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 require a permit and a fee. Photography shall be permitted on the grounds only, 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
Quilt Block Display
Sunday, May 10 from 1-4 p.m.
The results of our Quilt Block Challenge will be revealed this afternoon when we unveil what promises to be an amazing display of creative design and needlework. Entries will be displayed at Historic Walnford from May 10- 31.
Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
It’s our annual open house celebration and we mean that literally - you can tour from cellar to attic, listen to harpsichord and recorder duets in the front parlor and step outside for spinning and weaving, woodworking, blacksmithing, and milling demonstrations, and hands-on activities, games, exhibits, and displays. Wagon rides will be available from 1-4 p.m. We’ll offer a sample of Walnford’s history to engage everyone
Butter and Eggs
Sunday, May 31 from 1-4 p.m.
Churn and then sample fresh butter, sort and grade the farm fresh eggs, meet a beautiful Jersey cow and hens and chicks. As you sample some chores from the past you’ll also learn how you can make butter at home and pick up some DIY tips for backyard poultry.
Antique Auto Display
Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The horseless carriage comes to Walnford with a display of pre 1948 automobiles. Parked on our shady lawns, this is a great day to bring a picnic and relax, enjoying a day in the country and a leisurely stroll back in time.
Roots of Root Beer
Sunday, June 28 from 1-4 p.m.
Health inducing tonic or sweet refreshment? Root beer has a history as long and varied as the list of ingredients used to create this favorite drink, as well as a connection to Walnford. Come to sample a variety of root beers including our own recipe. See how many ingredients you can identify, and raise your glass to family friendly history!
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 5 from 1-4 p.m.
Celebrate July 4th in an appropriate historical setting. Read the Declaration of Independence then use a freshly sharpened quill pen to scribe your thoughts on freedom, or just practice your “John Hancock”. We will have a variety of historical activities available for young and old to “pursue happiness” this weekend.
We all Scream for Ice Cream!
Sunday, August 2 from 3-4 p.m.
Learn some “cool” history as you sit beside the ice house and help us crank and then sample ice cream prepared from historical recipes. Food history is a great way to connect with the past, and fun for all ages.
Sweet Corn Festival
Saturday, August 15 from 1-4 p.m.
Sweet Corn and summer go together! Join us as we celebrate summer with our third Annual Sweet Corn Festival. Take in the surroundings of this historical site all while enjoying live music, corn themed crafts and activities for children, the climbing wall and more. Admission and parking are free.
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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.