Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill are now closed for the season. Make plans now to visit us in 2015. Our annual Winter’s Day on the Farm program is scheduled for Sunday, February 1st from 12 noon – 4 pm.  

Come and experience the presence of the past at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm.  Owned and operated by the Morris County Park Commission (, this 200-acre National Register Historic Site is complete with farm animals, crops, period furnishings, and machinery from the turn of the 20th century.  The spirit of life is evoked through daily activities presented on the farm, the farmhouse, and at the Foster family home, The Willows.

carriage horses at carriage houseStaff dressed in period attire perform a daily regimen of farming by raising livestock and crops using methods that follow the same schedule as noted in Charles Foster’s journal.  Talk with the farm staff and participate in daily chores, such as butter churning, corn cracking, and harness cleaning. You will learn firsthand the important role the farm foreman and his family played at the restored farmhouse.

Fosterfields offers fun and educational programs for children and adults alike. Special events and programs offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience reenactments, demonstrations, and exhibits that reflect events and periods from the past. At the Visitors Center, pick up a calendar that offers a full list of programs for the year, or visit our Programs & Special Events page to see a listing of upcoming special events and programs. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm has the distinction of being New Jersey’s first Living Historical Farm and offers something for everyone. Plan to experience the past one day soon!

rob milking 014The Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill thank volunteer and photographer Ralph Iacobelli for his generous contribution of professional quality photographs taken on site at Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill.





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