TITUSVILLE, N.J. — Going back to school was never so much fun, according to the “students’’ who tested Howell Farm’s 2009 maze, a cornfield whose pathways depict an old-fashioned schoolhouse.
Open weekends through Nov. 7, the maze depicts the original one-room schoolhouse located near Howell Living History Farm. The maze features 2 1/2 miles of pathways, a Mazemaster’s Tower and bridge, a 30-speaker music system and numerous games played with flags, clues, hidden map pieces and prizes.
In keeping with the theme, maze-goers are challenged to pass corn quizzes, collect kernels of knowledge and, in the end, graduate with degrees in agriculture, history and – for those taking their maze classes at night – navigation by moon and stars.
The maze also features a children’s haybale maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, gift shop and food service. In addition to trying out the maze, visitors can head to the nearby historic farm to visit the animals, choose pumpkins and visit the refurbished barn and education center.
Admission is $8 for ages 13 and older; $6 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Hours of operation are noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. In October, Saturday entry hours (except for Oct. 31) are extended to 8 p.m. so that maze-goers can test their navigational skills by moonlight and stars. Special weekday hours are available for schools, community groups and corporate team-building programs. Special events include Scout & Community Group Night on Oct. 16; Moonlight Maze on Oct. 23 and Maze Harvest for Mercer County Wildlife on Nov. 7.
Howell Living History Farm is a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Rt. 29 two miles south of Lambertville, NJ. The Schoolhouse Maze is located on Valley Road, 1 mile west of the farm’s historic site. For information about the farm or maze call 609-737-3299 or visit websites www.howellfarm.org OR www.mercercounty.org.