Historic Walnford

Facebook Logo62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501
609-259-6275 - Historic Walnford House
609-259-5794 - Ranger Station
Park Brochure & Map
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.

Free Weekend Activities

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. 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 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.


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 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

Working Grist
Interior of Gristmill

Interior view of Grist Mill

Upcoming Free Events at Historic Walnford 

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue - Valentines at Walnford   
Saturday & Sunday, February 13 & 14 from 1-4 p.m.   
Romantic, creative, silly, sentimental; Valentines have been exchanged for centuries. View a few beautiful 19th c. cards on display at Historic Walnford, then make your own token of affection for your heart’s desire. You bring the love, we’ll supply everything else.

Happy Birthday!    
Born in 1816, Sarah Waln lived at Walnford for all her 90 years. We will celebrate her bicentennial with a variety of displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities at Historic Walnford throughout the year. Please check back for updates to see what we have planned.

Baaa-ack to Baaa-sics, Working with Wool      
Sunday, April 10 from 1-4 p.m.      
Spring means shorn sheep and bundles of wool to wash, card, spin, ply, weave, knit, full or felt. If any of those terms or processes leave you puzzled, come to Historic Walnford to see and learn the how and why of working with wool.

Walnford in Bloom        
Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17 from 1-4 p.m.          
A pink cloud of red bud blossoms, rows of golden daffodils and the ethereal blue bells appear along the creek banks. Spring has sprung at Historic Walnford with an array of wildflowers and cultivated species. Celebrate the transition from winter to summer in a fine yet fleeting display of spring blossoms.

Mid-Day Music        
Sunday, May 1 from 12-12:30 p.m.        
The members of Hopewell Hall will sing an a cappella performance of historical songs. Bring a picnic lunch and extend your visit with the sights and sounds of the gristmill in operation and a tour of the elegant Waln house.

Walnford Day       
Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.            
Experience some of the sights, sounds, and smells of history at our annual sampler of historical activities. With harpsichord music in the front parlor, the blacksmiths shaping iron, the mill grinding corn, horse drawn wagon rides, woodworking, spinning, quill pen calligraphy, and fun and games for all ages.



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.