Historic Longstreet Farm

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Longstreet Farm is closed. Please check back for updates(posted 4/29/2020)

Please be aware that the following offerings have been cancelled:

      • All Cookstove Demonstrations
      • Yarn Bee on June 6
      • Penny Rug Demonstration on June 7
      • 19th Century Woodworking Demonstration on Saturday, June 13
      • Felting Demonstration on June 14
      • Vintage Baseball on August 15
      • Smocking Demonstration on August 29

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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.

The Parent/Child Morning Chores program has been suspended until further notice.

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.

Drop-in Offerings: 

Yarn Bee  
Saturdays, July 11 & August 1 from 12-2:30 p.m.    
(ages 10 and up, under 18 with adult)
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. 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. 

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s                        
Saturday, June 20 from 1-3 p.m.

Saturday, July 18 from 1-3 p.m.
Saturday, August 15 from 1-3 p.m. 
Enjoy melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion while you visit the Longstreet farmhouse.    

19th Century Woodworking Demonstration   
Saturday, June 13  - CANCELLED    
Enjoy learning how the carpenter uses 19th century woodworking and carving tools during this demonstration.      

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

Wheat Harvest and Threshing Demonstration  
Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12 from 12-2 p.m.  
This weekend, the Longstreet Farm staff will harvest and thresh this year’s wheat crop. Learn how this important crop was cultivated and processed in the days before modern combines. On Saturday, the wheat will be cut, gathered and  bundled into sheathes using a horse drawn grain binder. On Sunday, the staff will use a 19th century, belt-driven Champion thresher to separate the wheat grain from the straw and the chaff.    

Potato Harvest   
Saturday & Sunday, August 22 & 23 from 12-2 p.m. (This date is subject to change; please check back for updates.)
Learn how potatoes were grown and harvested at the end of the 19th century.  Help the Longstreet Farm staff bring in the crop, and dig some potatoes for your own family. Stop by the summer kitchen for some 19th century inspiration on how to prepare them at home.  

 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.



  • 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.