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
Quilt Block Challenge
Due to the weather last week, the dates to pick up the
fabric packets at Historic Walnford for the Quilt Block Challenge
have been extended through Sunday, March 15.
Celebrate spring at Historic Walnford with a non-competitive
quilt block challenge. Pick up your free fabric pack March 1-15
(while supplies last) at Historic Walnford daily between 9 a.m.
- 4 p.m. Taking a packet commits you to returning a quilt
block. Let your imagination and your skills guide your
You must use some of all the challenge fabrics in
the quilt block
You may add up to 3 additional fabrics of your
The completed quilt block must be a 12 in.
square (not including seam allowance)
Blocks are pieced “top” only, no
batting and quilting
You may submit as many different blocks as you like
made from the fabric pack
Innovative piecework, appliqué, and
embellishments are acceptable as long as the
criteria listed above are met.
Pin your name, contact phone # or email address, to your quilt
block. Return block(s) to Historic Walnford, 62 Walnford Rd.,
Allentown, NJ 08501 between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. no later than
Wednesday, May 6.
Blocks will be on display Sun., May 10, 1 p.m. at Historic
Walnford on view daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Sunday, May 31.
Please pick up your block(s) June 2-7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at
Historic Walnford. Questions? Call Historic Walnford 609
259-6275 or email
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.
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
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
A Quilt Block
Stitch a story - a new quilt block challenge to honor women
past and present. Pick up your fabric packet (while
supplies last) and information sheet at Historic Walnford
between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from March 1-8. Completed blocks are
due by 4 p.m. on May 6. Entries will be displayed at
Historic Walnford from May 10- 31. Anyone may enter; let
your creativity bloom as we move in to spring.
You Can Make a Basket
Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3 from 1-4
Over and under, under and over - stop in this weekend and
inspired by the baskets on exhibit at Walnford, we’ll
show you how to make a small basket using paper strips and
Sunday, May 10 from 1-4
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.
Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m.-5
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 handson
activities, games, exhibits, and displays.We’ll offer
a sample of Walnford’s history to engage everyone
Butter and Eggs
Sunday, May 31 from 1-4
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 DYI tips for backyard poultry.
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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