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Living History Farms in New Jersey

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fosterfieldsGot a history buff in the family? Wish you did? Consider visiting one of New Jersey’s living history farms—working farms that allow visitors to experience rural life as it was during a certain time. You’ll find interpreters in period dress, farming practices of the time in action, and historically accurate structures. The farms will help your family develop an appreciation for New Jersey’s rich agricultural past.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (shown)

Morris Township; 973-326-7645

See the world through the eyes of Caroline Foster, who lived 98 of her 102 years on this farm. Go on September 9th for the 1920s-style country fair, where you can lend a hand with cider pressing, experience a cow judging, and play period games. Visit any weekend day to participate in turn-of-the-20th-century farm activities like churning butter.

• Bonus tip: At 3 pm on most days, you can help collect eggs in the henhouse.

Historic Longstreet Farm

Holmdel; 732-946-3758

Experience the sights, sounds, smells—and animals!—of Monmouth County in the 1890s. September highlights include the September 30th Harvest Home Festival with wagon rides, games, and live entertainment. There will also be competitions in categories like needlework and baked goods; call ahead to enter. 

• Bonus tip: On regular weekend days, public participation is allowed at the 3 pm cow milking.

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