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
The Mill in Action
With repairs completed, we will resume the operation of this marvelous example of our industrial heritage. Experience the rumble, clack, and whoosh of grinding corn in a 19th century gristmill on weekend afternoons from 12noon-4pm from Sunday, April 7 through November. Other times and days available by request.
“Fill the stockings with care”
Sunday, December 8 from 1-4pm
(ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult)
Many of our Christmas traditions go back to the early 1800s. Drop in at Historic Walnford this afternoon to learn a bit of holiday history and enjoy a simple family friendly activity decorating and stitching a paper stocking to hold a few historical sweets.
Edible History, Plum Pudding
Sunday, December 15 from 1-4pm
Ever wonder what went in to a plum pudding? Learn about steamed puddings from humble hearth cooked winter fare to an elegant Victorian holiday treat. We’ll review historical recipes and ingredients while sampling a taste of the past, and send you off with period recipes to try at home.
Quilt Stories - Show and Tell
Sunday, January 12 from 2-3:30pm
We invite you to bring up to three quilts to show and tell. Shared stories are the legacy that becomes history; tell us about the owner, the maker, or why this quilt is special to you. Wish you knew more about your quilt? Bring your questions with the quilt and we’ll do our best to find answers.
Groundhog’s Day, Fun and Facts
Sunday, February 2 from 1-4pm
(ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult)
In the midst of winter our thoughts drift toward spring. Fact and folklore mix as you help us cut wood with the two man saw and think about how much wood you’d chuck if you were a woodchuck. Look for your shadow, and learn how weather guided daily activity at Walnford, enjoying the winter landscape or signs of impending springtime in this peaceful, historical setting.
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue....
Sunday, February 9 from 1-4pm
(ages 5 and up, with adult)
The Walns sent Valentines, do you? Sweet, silly or sentimental, Valentines have been exchanged for centuries. Drop in and see some beautiful 19th century Valentines on display in the main house; then create your own token of affection for your heart’s desire to take with you.
Exhibits & Displays
Quilts from the Historic Walnford Collection
Now through February 15, 2014
Small Section of Indigo Blue Wax Resist Quilt circa 1770-1803
This exhibit will feature six selected quilts covering two different periods of history, the 1770s-1800 and the 1860s. Some quilts are decorative and commemorate a special event, while others are just plain and warm, but all have character. These quilts were hand-made using different techniques and materials, and for the most part, made by parties unknown.
Click on image to enlarge & print
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.