Howell Living History Farm, Lambertville

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The Howell Living History Farm, also known as the Joseph Phillips Farm, is a 130 acres (53 ha) farm that is a living open-air museum near Titusville, in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey. The farm was first created by Joseph Phillips, a blacksmith, who purchased 125 acres (51 ha) from William Bryant in 1732. By 1800, Henry Phillips, Joseph's son, had enlarged the farm by 100 acres (40 ha). Henry served as a captain in the Hunterdon County Regiment of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. An inventory of the farm on his death in 1805 listed two teams of oxen, two slaves, a Rockingham colt, and the flax in the ground. The current buildings on the property date to the 19th century, primarily before the American Civil War. The final private owner of the farm was the Howell family, who donated the land to Mercer County in 1974 for use as a museum. The farm was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 1977.
The museum shows farm life from the year 1900. The farm is owned by Mercer County and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission with the support and assistance of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm.
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  • Howell Living Farm is a great place to take the kids and have a great time learning about the history of farming. They have many themed programs during the season to choose from and we found we...  more »
  • My cousin and I visited on a cold Friday in April. It was raining on and off, but mostly off. We were the only ones there and got a private tour. I had never been but she had been several times. I...  more »
  • Cool place for the kids. Educational and animals to pet. They had a 4h fair there recently which was really nice for the kids. Second time I've been there and I will definitely go back. My kids loved it. And the honey is soooooo good!
  • Howell Living History Farm is a well established institution in Mercer County. I have enjoyed previous visits. On this visit I was there for the Mercer County 4H Fair. I started with a walk from the parking area to the barn, outbuildings, and farmhouse. This walk is along what is still an old country lane. The barn and surrounding area were reminiscent of various farms on which I lived and worked on in Missouri many years ago. The 4H fair was nice and what one expects from a local fair. Many different breeds of animals were being exhibited as well as other 4H crafts. I also sampled the homemade ice cream. I spent about 45 minutes listening to the Jug Mountain String Band in the entertainment tent. I very much enjoyed their music. I recommend both the Howell Living History Farm and the Mercer County 4H Fair.

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