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).