FALL FOR NEW JERSEY AGRICULTURAL HISTORY
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Fall is the traditional harvest season. In New Jersey, it means apple picking, pumpkin picking, hayrides, farm animals, and corn mazes. As the temperature dips and the leaves begin to change, the fall scenery is beautiful everywhere you look, but there’s nothing quite like fall on a farm. Embark on a journey navigating New Jersey agricultural history by adding these historic farms to your autumn bucket-list.
Northern New Jersey
Spend the day exploring New Jersey’s agricultural history. Get an early start to the day at Ayres Knuth Farm. Continuously operated since it was first settled in 1793, the working farm is considered one of the most complete examples of a nineteenth century agricultural complex in Morris County. After visiting the Union Hill farm stand for a quick bite to eat, head to the Fosterfields Living History Farm. Experience farm living as it was done over 100 years ago by visiting farm animals, watching farmers plow or plant the fields, help collect eggs or grind corn to feed the chickens, and chat with historically clothed interpreters. Browse the calendar of events for seasonal and special events before you go!
Central New Jersey
Start the day by experiencing the sights, sounds, and smells of rural Monmouth County in the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm. Attend a cooking, blacksmith, or sheep shearing demonstration and tour the various buildings on-site. Plan ahead by browsing upcoming events. In the evening, head to Historic Allaire Village, a living history museum, hosting seasonal events such as Fall Apple Fest, Flea Markets, and Night of Frights.
Serving as a working farm for over 285 years, Howell Living History Farm continues to operate on a full, working scale by raising crops and livestock, and using the house and barns as people did in earlier times. Horse-powered field and transportation equipment is used to farm 126 acres filled with corn, oats, wheat, and hay. Visitors can ride into the field on a horse drawn wagon, help care for the animals, sweep the barn, make soap, butter, and ice cream, or participate in seasonal activities like making maple syrup, picking corn, baking cornbread, and getting lost in the longest running corn maze! Check the calendar of events before you go!
Southern New Jersey
Begin the day with a nature hike at the Barclay Farmstead, located in the heart of bustling Cherry Hill. Built in 1816 by a Quaker farmer, the farmhouse and surrounding 32-acre property offer visitors an opportunity to observe and participate in the agrarian lifestyle that once dominated the South Jersey landscape. Packed a lunch? Enjoy your refreshments in the beautifully manicured garden before departing for Historic Whitesbog Village. Explore the site of the largest NJ cranberry farm in the 1900s and the location where highbush blueberries were first successfully cultivated. Take a cranberry history hike and tasting, help pick cranberries, take a wagon ride or a moonlight tour. Be sure to check the calendar of events in advance.
Head to New Jersey’s largest open-air museum recreating life in the early 1800s. At Historic Cold Spring Village, stroll along 30 acres of shaded lanes, explore 27 restored historic buildings, and visit the farm where heritage crops are grown. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride and historically clothed interpreters that educate and entertain visitors about the lifestyles, trades, and crafts of yesteryear. Check the calendar of events to join a ghost walk or guided village walking tour! After a long day of exploring, stop into the Cold Spring Brewery - the state’s first and only non-profit brewery - for a pint.
New Jersey history is everywhere, hidden away on quiet back roads, right out in plain sight, in urban areas, country towns and villages, and along the Jersey shore. Historic sites across the state tell intriguing stories of New Jersey’s diverse, inventive, creative, and revolutionary people. History is alive and waiting for you. View Additional Resources