Howell Farm is currently closed to visitors, but the spring work continues! Below you’ll find photo and video updates on corn planting, sheep shearing, and other projects happening around the farm.
We look forward to reopening as soon as possible, but in the meantime please remember that hiking, biking, and horseback riding through the farm—including on Hunter Road—are prohibited.
For the latest information on current park access and future reopenings, please visit mercercountyparks.org. Thanks for checking in – we hope to invite you back soon!
A dozen teams of draft animals from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York are entered into the Howell Farm Plowing Match, which tests the ability of farmers to turn perfect furrows using walking plows pulled by horses, mules, or oxen. Members of the general public ages 8 and up can participate by entering one of the visitor classes beginning at 10:30 a.m..
Fine fiddlin' will fill the air when some of the area's best musicians bring their talents to the farm during this annual contest sponsored by the Hunterdon Folk Exchange. Now over 30 years old, the contest is the largest and longest-running traditional fiddle contest in New Jersey. The program includes homemade food and ice cream, surrey rides, and a closing performance featuring 30 fiddlers.