The Friends of Wallisch Homestead is a volunteer, grassroots organization that seeks to raise public awareness of the historic importance and beauty of the Wallisch Farm Homestead and its value to our community for future use as a cultural, recreational, and educational center.
The property was bequeathed to our Township and Board of Education to be used for general recreation, hiking, nature study, and agricultural education. It is one of the last remaining properties that reflects Northern New Jersey’s agricultural heritage and West Milford’s past.
The Friends was first organized in 2013 and established as a 501C3 not for profit corporation in 2014. We believe the Wallisch Homestead has the potential to offer a wide variety of historic, cultural, and recreational uses for both residents and visitors. Considerable funding is needed to plan and preserve the buildings on this property for future appropriate use. Otherwise, they will be lost forever.
Immediately, our goal is to preserve the buildings from further damage.
In the long term, our goal is to work with the community to reuse the buildings in keeping with their scenic and historic setting. Our overall vision includes restoration of the farmhouse as a permanent museum. It also includes restoration and renovation of the stone barn for use as a performance and visual arts center, and renovation of the creamery building as an educational and meeting center. The nature trails will be further developed for hikers, and the extensive lawns, fields, meadows, and woodlands will be utilized for cultural events, environmental education, agricultural study, bird-watching, and general recreation.