BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Historical Society of Berkeley Heights will open grounds for visitors to visit the Littell-Lord Farmhouse Museum on June 19, between 2 and 4 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what that old yellow house on Horseshoe Drive in Berkeley Heights , near the pond and baseball fields, is? It is the Littell-Lord Farmhouse Museum, and the core building has stood on that spot for over 2-1/2 centuries. The land it occupies is the oldest continuously occupied farmstead in Union County.
Around 1760 Andrew Littell brought his family to the land on what is now Horseshoe Road and built a farmhouse. It was attractive farmland because of the natural spring that still exists and provides water for the lake, also part of the 17 acre property. The Littell Family owned and resided on the farm until 1817. The land passed through several families until the Lord Family purchased the farmstead in 1867. They added a Victorian parlor and made other additions to the house. They also built the summer kitchen and the next door guest house, now a private residence. Other additions were made in the 1920s. In 1975 the last resident of the Lord Family sold the land and the buildings to the Township of Berkeley Heights. The Historical Society of Berkeley Heights was formed to create and maintain the museum within the house.
Take a step back in time and see firsthand a small view of what life was like before not only i-phones but any phones, automobiles, and indoor plumbing. Admission is free (donations welcome).