Stroll Back In Time At This Christmas Lantern Tour Of New Jersey’s Allaire Village
The Historic Village at Allaire can be found in the heart of one of New Jersey’s fantastic state parks – Allaire State Park in Howell, Farmingdale, and Wall Township. A living history museum, there are records of the property dating back to 1650. At this time, it was a Native American ceremonial ground. By 1750, a sawmill was built and shortly after, the village was established as a bog iron furnace. The wood-burning furnace business collapsed in 1846 and the village was mostly abandoned.
After decades, it was restored by the Boy Scouts and later came to be owned by the State of New Jersey. An important part of history, it now operates as a non-profit. Visitors will find historic interpreters using period tools and equipment in the blacksmith, tinsmith, and carpentry shops. The old bakery sells cookies, and the general store serves as a charming museum store. The church building is frequently used for weddings!
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Kristen is a writer, editor, and social media maven who loves her state. Born and raised in New Jersey, sharing all it has to offer is her passion. After attending Montclair State University, she continued her education online, obtaining certifications in social media management.
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