"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: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...
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We had stayed in the campground for a vacation a couple years back. There are 45 trailer and tent sites. Each has fire... more travel advice
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