Historic Longstreet Farm

Facebook Logo44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel 07733
732-946-3758 
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Free Weekend Activities
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; extended hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day

Parks remain open but with no access to any buildings or modern restrooms. Port-a-johns are provided at most locations. Playgrounds are closed. Longstreet Farm is closed. All programs and events are cancelled through at least April 19. As always, Park Rangers are on duty to provide assistance as needed. (posted 3/30/2020)


 

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farmhouse at historic longstreet farm

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.

Parent/Child Morning Chores program is offered from 8-9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month (except October). Open to ages 4 and up. Participants will help the farm staff 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 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 information on tours and events, 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 info on any of these events, call 732-946-3758.

Upcoming Offerings:

Yarn Bee   
Saturday, April 4 from 12-2:30 p.m.
  
Saturday, May 2 from 12-2:30 p.m.        

Whether starting a new hobby or working on an old project, all are welcome to this gathering! The relaxed atmosphere means no pressure - you can knit or crochet at your own pace, and farm staff will be on hand to assist those wanting to learn a new skill. Bring your own supplies, or borrow ours for the session. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only. 

Upcoming Free Events:   

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

Cookstove Demonstration      
Saturday, March 21 - Cancelled
Saturdays, April 4 & 18 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  
Saturdays, May 2, 16 & 30 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  
See what the farm staff is cooking on the wood-fired stove. Discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s.

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s                        
Saturday, March 21 - Cancelled
Saturday, April 18 from 1-3 p.m. 

Saturday, May 16 from 1-3 p.m.
 
Enjoy melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion while you visit the Longstreet farmhouse.   

Celebrating Agriculture Day 
Saturday, March 28 from 12-3 p.m.  
Celebrate agriculture and its important role in our everyday life. Through activities and demonstrations, learn how farmers, past and present, practice stewardship of the land as they raise food and fiber. 

Spinning and Knitting Demonstration  
Saturday, April 25 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 25 & 26 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.

Embroidery Demonstration  
Saturday, May 9 from 1-3 p.m.  
Visit the Historic Longstreet farmhouse and see the delicate craft of embroidery.

Plant a Sunflower  
Sunday, May 10 from 12-2:30 p.m.  
(adults)
Help plant out this year's sunflower field. Come back and watch as the Mammoth Russian sunflowers grow to over 10 feet tall. Participants are invited to help with the harvest in the fall and bring home a sunflower head and save the seed for next year's garden, toast them for a snack, or save them for a winter snack for the birds and squirrels in their yard.

Decoration Day Celebration
  
Monday, May 25 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.
 
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.