UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ – Walnford Day returns Sunday, October 3 from 11:00am-5:00pm at Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold. This hands-on experience of history will feature many family friendly activities including historic demonstrations and exhibits.

Begin your visit with an exploration into the past by browsing a time line covering the last 250 years. Visitors will also be asked to write down their predictions of what the year 2060 will hold. Then, take a tour from cellar to attic of the Waln family’s elegant home, which dates back to 1774. Take a break in the parlor to enjoy flute and harpsichord duets or relax with a horse drawn wagon ride around the grounds, both offered from 1:00-4:00pm. Visit the NJ Blacksmiths Association demonstration as they work shaping steel, or tour Walnford’s working gristmill as it grinds corn into meal.

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Waln House kitchen

Children will enjoy games comparable to those played in the 18th and 19th centuries, and play dress up while trying on garments similar to those worn in the 18th century. You can even try out a quill pen to see what writing a letter would have been like centuries ago. Then wander into the kitchen and view all the hard work that went into preparing every day meals.

For more information on Walnford Day and other Park System programs, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call the Park System at (732) 842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System is celebrating its golden anniversary of keeping the county green and livable, since the Board of Chosen Freeholders created the first county park in 1960. Today, the Park System has grown to over 30 sites totaling more than 14,500 acres and offers approximately 4,000 recreation programs and activities, making it the perfect place to come outside and play.