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Visit Historic Longstreet Farm tomorrow to see how Memorial Day began

Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel, NJ
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Did you know that Memorial Day was not always known as Memorial Day? It actually was called Decoration Day, because when it began after the Civil War. The women decorated the graves of fallen soldiers each year, and thence began Decoration Day until 1971, when it was declared a federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday in May known as Memorial Day to honor fallen heroes from all wars.

So come to Historic Longstreet Farm on Monday, between noon and 3 p.m. and see how Decoration Day was originally celebrated in the 1890s. This preserved farm and homestead, offer first-hand experience of the daily life and farming illustrations as costumed staff plow, plant, harvest, cook and take care of the animals with equipment from yesteryear. The buildings, equipment and scenery have been beautifully preserved to enable you to experience all the sights, sounds and smells of rural life in the 1890s.

The best part of the day is, the free admission. (Groups of 12 or more, must pre-register and pay a nominal fee for their group tours.) Parking is also free. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, N.J. 07733. The phone number is 732-946-3758.

The farm is open daily, year-round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historic Longstreet Farm is just a small part of the Monmouth County Park System, which includes over thirty parks and six golf courses.