Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

73 Kahdena Road
Morris Township, NJ 07960

T: (973) 326 - 7645

Hours:
M-F: Open seasonally from April through October
Sat-Sun: Open seasonally from April through October

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Experience farm-life as it was in the past with family fun and history for kids and adults.

Experience farm life as it was over 100 years ago at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Visit with the cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, horses, ducks and turkeys that live on the farm. Visitors can help with farm tasks, like butter churning, corn cracking and collecting eggs, or enjoy a visit to The Willows, the fully restored 1854 Gothic Revival family home built by General Joseph Warren Revere, a grandson of Paul Revere.

Plan Your Visit

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is a tour on your own facility that allows patrons to visit at their own pace. Admission begins at the Visitor Center, which features the permanent exhibition: Driving into the 20th Century exhibition, a rotating exhibition gallery and public restrooms.

The farm is a five-minute walk from the Visitor Center. While exploring the farm, patrons can speak to costumed interpreters, meet the friendly farm animals, churn butter, feed chickens and much more!

Cost: $5 per person, 3 and under are free, excluding special events
Season: April 1 – October 31, select programming available in the off-season
Facility Hours:  
* April – June:  Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
* July- October: Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

Last Admission to the Farm is 3pm.

What is included? General admission includes access to our Visitor Center, exhibit area, farm, activities, and The Willow Mansion (select days only).

On select days, a guided tour of The Willows Mansion is included with price of admission. The Willows Mansion stands at the top of the hill overlooking the farm. Tours are at 11am or 2pm. Please note, the hill to house is steep and made of gravel. Should you need assistance, please contact a staff member. The first floor is wheelchair accessible.  For accessibility options, please send an email to tours@morrisparks.net

Before Your Arrive:

  • Explore our website’s calendar of events!
  • Check our social media special event, demonstration, program, and tour updates.  
  • Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen, and bug spray as needed. Insects, including ticks, bees, and mosquitoes, are part of our ecosystem.

Please Remember:

  • Take photos! Photography for personal use is allowed, provided it does not disrupt other visitors. Commercial photography and filming, and similar types of photography require a permit. To obtain a permit contact tours@morrisparks.net
  • Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes is strictly prohibited.
Maps
  • Hands-on activities
  • Farm Animals!
  • Vintage Cars
  • Historic House tours
  • Seasonal public programs and special events for visitors of all ages.
Programs & Activities

Farming at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm can trace its roots to the early 1770s, when Jonathan Ogden built a two-story house on his 80-acre farm. General Joseph Warren Revere, a grandson of Paul Revere, purchased the Ogden farm in 1852. He built an impressive three-story, wooden-framed, Gothic Revival home he called “The Willows” in 1854. His occupancy of the site began an era of “gentleman farming” that continued into the 20th century.

Charles Foster began renting The Willows from Revere in 1879. Three years later he purchased the entire estate, and changed its name to Fosterfields. While staying active in his New York City commodities business, Charles Foster directed the daily operations of his farm. Foster introduced many innovative agricultural techniques including the early use of silage, importing Jersey cattle for breeding and dairy production and the use of steam powered harvesting and processing machinery. Charles Foster died in 1927, leaving his house, property, and holdings to his only surviving child, Caroline.

Caroline Foster lived at Fosterfields for nearly 100 years. She operated the farm as a business, much as her father had done before her. Miss Foster was known for her social connections, her skill at tennis and golf, her love of horse-drawn vehicles and an enthusiasm for gardening. Her familiarity with the open space and rural agrarian nature of the area, as well as estates of a bygone era, led her to bequeath her property (in 1979) to the Morris County Park Commission as the State’s first designated Living Historical Farm.