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

            
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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. 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.

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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 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:

Cookstove Demonstration                      
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.    

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s      
Saturday, May 20 from 1-3 p.m.          
Saturday, June 17 from 1-3 p.m.       
Saturday, July 15 from 1-3 p.m.        
Saturday, August 19 from 1-3 p.m.         
Saturday, September 2 from 1-3 p.m.       
Hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion.

Embroidery Demonstration    
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.

Crochet/Lacemaking Demo      
Saturday, June 10 from 1-3 p.m.     
Dorothy Gratton will visit and demonstrate the art of crochet and lacemaking in the Victorian era. 

Vintage Base Ball     
Saturday, June 17 from 12-2:30 p.m.         
Spend a summer afternoon at Holmdel Park and enjoy one of America’s favorite pastime and see how it started. Monmouth Furnance Boys (formerly known as the Bog Iron Boys) vs the Hoboken Nine will be playing vintage base ball, rules from the 19th century. Players will be dressed in uniforms appropriate to the time period. The styles and speech of the 19th century are also used while playing the game.         

Independence Day Celebration       
Tuesday, July 4 from 12-3 p.m.  
Independence Day was a festive time in the 1890s. Patriotism was celebrated with music, games and good picnic food. Join the staff at Longstreet Farm as they celebrate the holiday with games and contests.  

Threshing Demo     
Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9 from 12-2 p.m.        
Take a step back in time and watch our antique threshing machine in action. The Longstreet Farm staff will use a 19th century, belt-driven “Champion” thresher to separate the wheat grain from the straw and the chaff. Come learn how this important crop grows and see how it was processed in the days before modern combines.    

Penny Rug Demo      
Saturday, August 5 from 1-3 p.m.         

Potato Harvest      
Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20 from 12-2 p.m.     
Learn how potatoes are grown and harvested. Help the Longstreet Farm staff bring in the crop, and dig some potatoes to take home for your own family. Stop by the summer kitchen for some 19th century inspiration on how to prepare them.   

Smocking Demo   
Sunday, August 27 from 1-3 p.m.  

 

 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)

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.