Waln’s Mill Stencil

Beck wrote a particularly elegaic piece about Walnford in Monmouth County. His piece evokes a nostalgia for older and simpler times. The interpretive signage now posted in the buildings at Walnford tells a somewhat different and less romantic story about the village, however. The blue mill that is so picturesque today was originally a commercial enterprise, like any other mill.

Having said that, this place along Crosswicks Creek in the uttermost western corner of Monmouth County is still a peaceful place to visit. The gristmill is still operational and when the wisteria bloom in spring, they look spectacular.

This photo shows a stencil that was used to mark bags of flour milled at Walnford (also known as Waln’s Mill).


About Jennifer W. Hanson

I have a BA in Art History from Douglass College and an MLIS from the Rutgers School of Communication and Information (SCI, formerly SCILS). I have worked in publishing, libraries and sundry other places. My writing has appeared in Birding, The Chronicle of the Horse, International Wader Studies and Records of New Jersey Birds. My photographic specialties are historic sites and nature, mainly in New Jersey. My photography has been used for editorial and advertising projects; it can be seen in Weird N.J. magazine and Take a Beach Walk by Jane Kirkland. One of my photos is slated to be used in a permanent exhibit at the New Jersey Pinelands Commission's visitor center.
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