44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel 07733
Free Weekend Activities
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; extended hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day
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. Click here to learn more about the history of the farm.
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.
Parent/Child Morning Chores program is offered from 8-9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. Open to ages 4 and up. Participants will help the farm staff milk a cow, collect eggs from the chickens, and feed the livestock. Program meets at the Longstreet Visitor Center. Please dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. The cost is $15 per parent/child pair. $5 per additional participant.
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 Hyland 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 owned and operated by the Monmouth County Historical Association 732-462-1466. Built in 1754, it provides an excellent example of local Dutch building tradition and a glimpse into the county's colonial past.
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 1890's. For your safety, as well as the safety of the animals, we ask that you do not touch 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 1890’s and as it is today on thousands of small farms across the nation.
When the animals grow old, or 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 Sandra Byard, Park Manager, 732-946-3758. Longstreet Farm Livestock
Upcoming Free Events at Historic Longstreet Farm
Throughout the year, Longstreet Farm hosts free weekend activities that allow visitors to experience life as it would have been during the 1890s. For info on any of these events, call 732-946-3758.
Upcoming events include:
Sunday, April 9 from 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, May 14 from 1-3 p.m.
See what the blacksmith is making in his workshop.
Saturday, March 25 from 12:30-3 p.m.
Saturday, April 29 from 12:30-3 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 from 12:30-3 p.m.
Visit the out kitchen and see what is cooking on the woodstove. Discover how food, receipts, cooking techniques and the kitchen itself has changed in the 1890s.
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Saturday, April 8 from 1-3 p.m.
Visit the farm and see how they used 19th century woodworking tools.
Spinning and Knitting Demonstration
Saturday, April 22 from 1-3 p.m.
Visit the farm and be inspired to learn an old craft. Jodey Forbes will be demonstrating the art of spinning fleece and then demonstrating various stitches in knitting.
Wool Days/Sheep Shearing
Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 from 12-3 p.m.
This weekend our sheep will be sheared. Gene Sheninger will return with his collies to show their herding skills. The Monmouth County Historical Association’s Holmes Hendrickson house staff will demonstrate the way wool was used in Colonial America with spinning and weaving activities. Longstreet Farm will provide wagon rides between the two living history sites.
Saturday, May 13 from 1-3 p.m.
Learn the process of felting wool that can be used in garments.
Saturday, May 20 from 1-3 p.m.
Visit the Historic Longstreet farmhouse and see the delicate craft of embroidery on garments.
Decoration Day Celebration
Monday, May 29 from 12-3 p.m.
This family holiday originated soon after the Civil War when women decided to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. Today we call this special holiday Memorial Day. It was a time for family reunions and fun-filled visits. Join in the celebration as the staff of Longstreet Farm enjoys an old-fashioned Decoration Day.
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.
Farm Map (pdf)
- 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.