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Wednesday: Independence Day Celebration at Historic Longstreet Farm
Historic Longstreet Farm at Holmdel Park will celebrate Independence Day 1890s-style with music, games and good picnic food.
Last year, Blacksmith Norman Nelson showed the crowd how valuable iron was recycled and reshaped into new tools 120 years ago by forging nails into clothing hooks.
Rangers held an ice cream making demonstration in front of the barn. After crushing blocks of ice with their feet and adding rock salt to raise the melting temperature, they mixed milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a metal can and churned it into an ice cream that the crowd lined up to sample.
More About Longstreet Farm
Longstreet Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as the farm dates back to the 1700s, but it has been restored to give it the look and feel of a late-19th century farmhouse. The staff dresses in period costume as they plow, plant, harvest, cook and clean as per the custom of the day.
Visitors can milk the cows, grind corn into feed and cut wood for the wood stove. On certain days, visitors may take part in blacksmithing, rug hooking, quilting, sheep shearing, spring planting and ice cutting.
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