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Lusscroft Farm Overview

Nestled in the hills of Sussex County, this iconic example of our vanishing rural heritage holds a unique place in the Garden State's agricultural history.

Lusscroft Farm is a one of a kind New Jersey state historic site. This 578 acre property has a rich and diverse past. Between 1914 and 1930, James Turner, a Montclair stockbroker, invested the considerable fortune of $500,000 to make Lusscroft a perfect model of dairy farming, employing the most innovative practices of the time based on scientific research.

In 1931, Mr. Turner donated his Lusscroft property to the State of New Jersey in order for it to be used as an agricultural research station. In August 2000, the State Historic Preservation Office determined that “the Experimental Station,” including its staff housing, barns and fields, is clearly eligible for listing on the National Register for its association with the development of agricultural techniques.

The Heritage and Agriculture Association  is a non-profit organization working to stabilize and then restore the buildings of this agriculturally significant gem. The goal of the association, as stated in a memorandum of understanding with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is to create and maintain an agricultural heritage center with emphasis and opportunities for education in the dairy industry, outdoor recreation, historical interpretation, equine trails, heirloom gardening, forestry, maple sugaring and all phases of farming from organic gardening to marketing value added products.

For more information, including a schedule of events on site please visit Lusscroft Farm - Home

The property contains 23 buildings including the Turner Mansion (a.k.a. Manorhouse), the Manager's Dwelling, the spectacular Outlook Lodge and the dairy barn and farm structures. The land includes fields and pastures, ponds, woodland and various barnyards.

Facilities for People with Disabilities
We encourage people with disabilities who require special considerations to contact the historic site / park at the phone number listed in the general information on the home page of the historic site / park. The staff will assist with arrangements. Text telephone (TT) users, please call the NJ Relay Services at (800) 852-7899.

For the Comfort and Enjoyment of All
This historic site / park is part of the NJ State Park system and your cooperation with the following will help ensure the survival of the museum collections, historic structures & features and surrounding property for the enjoyment and education of future generations!

  • Keep your historic site / park and surrounding property clean and green! Protect this site by taking your trash with you. Whatever you carry into the site, plan on carrying it out too. Bring a bag or two for trash, recycling and cleaning up after your pet. There are no trash receptacles at this site. Thank you!
  • No Smoking on NJ State Park Service Property. Pursuant to N.J.P.L.2005, c.383 (C.26:3D-56)
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at state historic sites [ N.J.A.C. 7:2-2.6]
  • The collection or removal of any object from State Park property is prohibited without written permission from the Superintendent.
  • Use of metal detecting devices on or unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) on or over the property is not permitted without a special use permit (SUP) from the State historic site / park.
  • Commercial photography is not permitted on the property without a special use permit (SUP) from the historic site / park.
  • Interior photography, videotaping or audio taping are not permitted in the historic structure / visitor center / museum, except by prior written permission and for educational purposes only.
  • Non-commercial photography is permitted on the property (outside), but please help preserve the historic site / park and any surrounding property by not attaching anything to, climbing or sitting on historic structures and features or disturbing any plants, wild or cultivated. Photography may not interfere with other visitors to the historic site / park or impede site operations.
  • Food and beverages; pets/animals, except for service animals, are not permitted in the historic structure / visitor center / museum.
  • Please refrain from touching objects/furnishings in and building components of historic structures and museums, except where invited to do so by staff.

Please contact this historic site / park with specific inquiries about any of these restrictions, as there may be some variations at this specific historic site / park.

Related Links

High Point State Park


Phone Number

50 Neilson Road,
Wantage, NJ 07461

Historic Site Hours

Grounds Hours 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tour Hours n/a

Park Fees

Entrance Fee None

Other Related Fees
Map / Directions

GPS Coordinates
41.239834, -74.683096