"Historic Central Jersey Village" Allaire State Park by KiKitC

Allaire State Park Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 28 photos

In the 1800s, it was found that the iron ore in the central Jersey bogs was strong enough and plentiful enough to manufacture much needed cannonballs and other iron products. James Allaire, a manufacturer of marine engines in New York purchased the property in 1822 to process the ores needed for manufacturing. Due to the long hours of strenuous work, the employees brought their families to the site of the company. This brought a need for other industries to offer services. So, soon enough, a village emerged, with a mill to make flour, a bakery to make the bread, an inn to make guests and travelers comfortable, a general store for groceries and a chapel for spiritual health. Employees worked at extracting the ore from the creek, sending it through the blast furnace and into the iron works. So, a mini city, based around the industry.

The men would work the iron, their payment would be offset by the company for their lodging. The rest of their pay would be spent in the company's general strore, the comapny's bakery, the company's carpenters, etc... Great business.

Later in the 1800s, a stronger iron was found in Pennsylvania, and the iron bogs in Jersey were abandoned. There have been great restorations made to the remaining buildings, and there is still alot of resotrations in progress.

This is a great day trip for those interested in civil war period and 19th century history. People dressed in period garb offer demonstrations of 19th century living, offering a glimpse back in time. Occassionaly, local enthusiasts put on Civil War reenactments in the park. Give yourself the day to visit...there is much to see and learn.

There is also camping in Allaire State Park and plenty of hiking trails.

The historic part of the park is open weekends only from May through October...but open for special events.There is a charge of $3.00 per adult and $2.00 for children. Often, during special events, there is no charge for entry.

Check it out...www.allairevillage.org

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:It has history, camping, hiking, canoeing, etc...
  • Cons:Make sure you bring bug spray for the trails
  • In a nutshell:A trip through history and the floodplains...
  • Last visit to Allaire State Park: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    What great and well preserved historical sites. I appreciate your great and in depth comments as well as wonderful pictures to enjoy and learn.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    great page - took a week to get thru it, worth the time. passed this place a million times, never realized what was inside. and nice picture on your bug warning page. n.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2009 at 3:56 AM

    What an interesting page you have written here. Very nice, only what a shame the buildings weren't open! I hope one day you can return, would love to see more!

  • Aug 29, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    I personally love these historical sites, to be able to see – but definitely not experience – how our forefathers lived: life was not as simple then as it is today.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2009 at 6:17 AM

    It's a wonderful place to visit....

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2008 at 6:01 AM

    Great page!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    Nice step back into the past = lots of history on the former iron works brought back to life through your page!!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2006 at 9:41 PM

    A very informative page on this amazing private village of the 19th!

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2006 at 5:51 AM

    Hello Christine, Happy birthday to you. Have a beautiful day ful of travel dreams enjoy it and make it funny. From Belgium, Jean-Pierre

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2006 at 9:31 AM

    this was actually quite an absorbing page - seeing how it all fits together. thanks

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