TITUSVILLE, N.J. - If you hope to escape Howell Living History Farm's "Sawmill Maze" in record time, your instincts will have to be as sharp as a saw blade. A popular annual attraction, this year's cornfield maze, promises to be a real challenge for even the most practiced participants.
"This year's corn maze is said to be tricky," said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. "It may look picturesque, but the maze, which forms the image of an old-fashioned, water-powered sawmill, is rife with unforgiving twists and turns."
Cut into some four acres of cornfield, the labyrinth contains puzzle pieces and clues to help visitors find their way out. Maze designer Matt Miller agrees this year's design will be a real challenge. "This maze rewards precision, or a 'straight cut,' if you will. If you make a wrong turn, you may find yourself walking a little while before you figure out that you're lost."
The Sawmill Maze is open every weekend through Nov. 8, and features 2 1/2 miles of pathways, a "Maze master's" tower and bridge, a 30-speaker music system and a maze game played with flags, clues, hidden map pieces and prizes. A children's hay bale maze, pumpkin patch, gift shop and food service are offered in the maze courtyard. 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 are extended to 8 p.m. so that maze-goers can test their navigational skills by moonlight and stars. The maze will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 13, from noon - 4 p.m. Special weekday hours are available for schools, community groups and corporate team-building programs. Special events include Scout & Community Group Night on Oct. 17 and Maze Harvest for Mercer County Wildlife on Nov. 8.
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. The 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