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Friends of Wallisch Homestead a NJ Nonprofit Corporation

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Seniors
  • Sports & Recreation

Location

65 Lincoln AvenueWest Milford, NJ 07480 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We envision the preservation and restoration of the Wallisch Homestead to its ideal potential as a fully sustainable cultural, recreational and educational gathering place which is a model of diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to advocate for all citizens of the township, as well as visitors, to have full access to all that the Homestead offers. We also foresee a significant contribution to our community's economic well-being by improving the visibility of what this region has to offer. The FOWH mission is to act as stewards in the preservation and adaptive reuse of the Wallisch Homestead buildings and property as a living record of the community’s cultural and economic heritage.

Description

The Wallisch Homestead, a 99-acre historic farm in West Milford, NJ is one of the last remaining farms that accurately reflects Northern New Jersey's agricultural heritage. The property currently has a large Dutch Colonial Revival house with one wing dating before 1820, a similarly styled stone barn and an arts and crafts-style creamery from 1912, plus two wood post and beam barns that appear to date from the 1860’s. The homestead also has a three-acre environmental trail, established by Ramapo College as part of a wetlands remediation project. It boasts a scenic vista of Bearfort Mountain rising in the western background. This is the same bucolic view you would have had over 200 years ago. As a designated Highlands Preservation Area, the site offers a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about ecology and environmental science. The property features farmland acreage and wetlands where hiking, astronomy and community gardens are featured. We were designated a 2012 '10 Most Endangered Historic Place' by Preservation NJ but have since made immense progress and offer events like Music festivals, Art shows, Yoga, Barn Sales, as well as supporting local groups such as the Scouts and Sustainable West Milford's community gardens. In the heart of the NJ Highlands, the Wallisch Homestead offers a unique, accessible setting for participants to enjoy art, music and other activities throughout the year, while experiencing a walk back in time and learning about local history.

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