Historic Longstreet Farm

Facebook Logo44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel 07733
732-946-3758 
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The sights, sounds, and smells of rural Monmouth County in the 1890s have been re-created on 9 acres at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel Park, Holmdel. Interpreters in period dress show both daily and seasonal agricultural and domestic activities. 

Longstreet Farm is open daily year round from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors may enter at their leisure, free of charge. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the farm is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Pets are not allowed within the farm.

The Farmhouse is open weekends and holidays, March through December, from 12-3:30 p.m. or by reservation. For reservations and information, call 732-946-3758. 

Other points of interest: Tenant House - This building, across Longstreet Road, was home to the family that worked at Longstreet Farm. During the 1890s, the Hylin family, who emigrated from Ireland, were tenants on the farm. The house is now used for staff offices. c. 1850 with additions.

Holmes-Hendrickson House - Nestled in a grove of trees, this historic museum is operated by the Monmouth County Historical Association. Built in 1754, it provides an excellent example of local Dutch building tradition and a glimpse into the county's colonial past.  For more information, please visit the MCHA web site.

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The site is maintained as a living historical farm with the purpose of interpreting the agricultural activities in Monmouth County's rural past. This interpretation includes the breeds of animals and crops raised at this site in the 1890s. For your safety, as well as the safety of the animals, we ask that you do not touch or feed the animals. As a general precaution when leaving this site, you are encouraged to wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Longstreet Farm’s mission is to promote an appreciation for Monmouth County farm life at the end of the 19th century, preserving historic structures and practices through interpretive programs and tours.  Livestock are an important component of this mission.  The farm’s livestock are raised and cared for just as they were in the past – to meet the labor, food, and material needs of the farm.  Mules and horses help plow the fields and harvest crops; dairy cows, chickens and pigs provide food to eat; and sheep are raised for meat and wool. 
 
The livestock are well cared for and receive modern veterinary visits to secure their good health and intended use.  Periodically, the animals are bred to ensure the health of the historic breeds and to provide visitors with a realistic window into the life cycle of farm animals as it was in the 1890s and as it is today on thousands of small farms across the nation. 
 
When the animals can no longer work toward the educational goals of the farm, they are replaced with animals that can.  Farm staff work with local farmers who may prepare the animals for market, or with institutions that may have other uses for the animals. The Park System welcomes placement offers for retired Longstreet Farm livestock. Inquiries may be made to Philip Andras, Park Manager, 732-946-3758. Longstreet Farm Livestock

Throughout the year, Longstreet Farm hosts weekend activities that allow visitors to experience life as it would have been during the 1890s. For additional information on any of these activities, call 732-946-3758.

Upcoming Free Events:   

Blacksmith Demonstration                  
Please check back for upcoming dates.  
Head to the blacksmith shop and see this skill in action.   

Piano Ballads from the Turn of the Century   
Saturday, September 3 from 1-3 p.m.   
Saturday, October 22 from 1-3 p.m.   
Saturday, November 12 from 1-3 p.m.     
Tap your feet, dance a one-step, or sing-along to popular turn-of-the-19th-century ballads as they are played on our farmhouse piano.  
   
Cookstove Demonstration   
Saturdays, August 20 & 27 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  
Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.   
Saturday, October 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.   
Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.   
Sunday, November 6 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.    
Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.     
Stop by the out kitchen to see what’s cooking on the wood-fired stove. Discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s.  
  
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s    
Saturday, August 20 from 1-3 p.m. 
Saturday, September 10 from 1-3 p.m.    
Saturday, October 15 from 1-3 p.m.    
Saturday, November 19 from 1-3 p.m.     
In the mid-19th century the accordion became a favorite of folk musicians. Enjoy the melodies as you step back in time with a visit to the farm.
   
Penny Rug Demonstration  
Saturday, August 13 from 1-3 p.m.  
In the 1800s thrifty homemakers would use scraps of wool or felted wool from old clothing to create designs for mats or rugs. Be inspired to create your own mat or rug.
  
Machinery Expo  
Sunday, August 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.   
Take a gander at the best “modern” technology the 1890s has to offer. Our machinery will be out of storage and in full view for one day only! Staff will be on-hand to discuss the mechanics of Longstreet Farm’s horse-drawn implements and household/kitchen equipment.
  
Potato Harvest  
Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28 from 12-2 p.m.   
Learn how potatoes were grown and harvested at the end of the 19th century. Help the Longstreet Farm staff bring in the crop, and dig some potatoes for your own family.
    
Preserving the Harvest    
Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.   
Fall’s cooler weather means the end of the growing season - it’s time to prepare for the coming winter. We’ll be featuring some 19th century techniques for food preservation such as salting, pickling, drying and jelling.
   
Harvest Home Festival   
Sunday, September 25 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Harvest Home Festival is an old-fashioned country fair reminiscent of the 1890s. It takes visitors back in time to when neighbors gathered to help with the harvest, spend time socializing and enjoying each other’s company. These festivals showcased the best produce grown and craftwork done in the community; music, games and athletic contests provided entertainment for all who attended. Experience fun from 130 years ago with wagon rides, games and live entertainment. On-going craft demonstrations may inspire you to start a new hobby! Enter competitions ranging from needlework, to baked goods to home-canned produce. Each person entering a competition will have a chance to win a prize ribbon
   
Corn Harvest    
Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9 from 12-2 p.m.    
Gain an understanding of how feed corn is harvested and stored as we harvest our field. Weather permitting. 

19th Century Woodworking Demonstration    
Saturday, October 29 from 12-3 p.m.   
Woodworking is more than carpentry. See how a woodworker studies his materials, plies his tools, and crafts beautiful and functional items. 
  
Cider Making Demonstration   
Sunday, November 13 from 12-2 p.m.   
Autumn is here, the leaves are changing color, and the cool crisp air is upon us. Help the farm staff press this year’s apple harvest into cider. Sample some fresh cider and talk about other uses for cider on the farm.

 

 Reserve Group Activities    

Longstreet Farm has group activities covering a variety of topics relating to agricultural and social history. Click here for a listing. These programs have been developed for a wide range of age groups. There are fees for all programs listed. For additional information and registration, call 732-946-3758 or write to Longstreet Farm Programs, Monmouth County Park System, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738. 

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.
 
In accordance with New Jersey’s recently amended Smoke Free Air Act, all Monmouth County parks are now tobacco free. The new ban applies to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and vaporize cigarettes, as well as smokeless tobacco such as snuff and chew.

 

Directions

  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 114. Southbound, turn right onto Red Hill Rd; northbound, turn left onto Red Hill Rd. Follow Red Hill Rd. to Everett Rd., turn right (heading west). Follow Everett Rd. to Roberts Rd., turn left. Follow Roberts Rd. to Longstreet Rd., turn right to Park on left.  
  • State Hwy. 34 to Roberts Rd. (1.75 miles north of Rt. 520). Southbound, turn left; northbound, turn right. Follow Roberts Rd. to Longstreet Rd., turn left. Park is on left. 
  • State Hwy. 35 to Holmdel/Keyport Rd. Northbound, turn left; southbound, turn right. Follow Holmdel/Keyport Rd. to Crawfords Corner Rd., turn left. Continue to Longstreet Rd., turn right Park is on right.