Historic Walnford

Facebook Logo62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501
609-259-6275 - Historic Walnford House
609-259-5794 - Ranger Station
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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.
See Upcoming Free Activities

Samplers: Historical Documents Written With Needle and Thread
Sunday, December 9 from 1-4 p.m.

Historic Sampler  

View a private collection of local samplers for this special show and tell display of fine needlework and research on the young women who created these samplers. Watch how careful crossed stitches create words and images on linen replicating Elizabeth Waln Wistar’s 1799 sampler. FREE! 

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Come see the Historic Gristmill in action from 1-4 p.m. on weekend and holiday afternoons through Sunday, November 25!

Historic Walnford
 
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, 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.
 
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.
 
Gristmill
Visit and view the beautiful gristmill along the banks of Crosswicks Creek. Speak and interact with
knowledgeable 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.
 
Reserved Group Programs
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.
 
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.
 
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

Corn Crib entrance
Carriage House

1879 Carriage House
Waln House

1772 Waln House
Waln House Kitchen

Waln House kitchen
Gristmill

Working Grist
Interior of Gristmill

Interior view of Grist Mill

Upcoming Free Events at Historic Walnford       

Sleigh Selfies   
Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18 from 1-4 p.m.     
Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2 from 1-4 p.m.   
Our decorative red sleigh and a selection of historical hats and bonnets will be ready for your selfie. Create a charming Currier & Ives style image to share for the holidays. Please no professional photographers.

Samplers: Historical Documents Written with Needle and Thread   
Sunday, December 9 from 1-4 p.m.   
View local 18th and 19th century samplers from a private collection. This special Show and Tell afternoon at Historic Walnford will include what has been learned about the young women who created the samplers and share the progress of the carefully executed stitches recreating an 18th century Waln family sampler.

Historic Myths BUSTED 
Saturdays & Sundays, January 5-20 from 1-4 p.m.    
It can be tricky to sort out fact from fiction; do we record and remember history as it was or as we want it to be? What can skew our perspective? We will explore some common historical misunderstandings and share fun facts and credible accounts about the past.

Groundhog’s Day       
Saturday, February 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.   
We’ve made it half way through the Winter; have you been to Walnford this season? We have facts and folklore about groundhogs, historical winter fun, seasonal chores and maybe a few signs of spring to share with you. Sunshine or clouds, come to see the past from a new perspective.

 

 

Directions:

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.