Allaire Village was once a productive and progressive early 19th-century factory town producing iron from the nearby bogs, known as the Howell Iron Works, Co. The iron was shipped to New York by wagon and steamship, and was used to produce steam engine parts in a factory owned by the village proprietor, James P. Allaire. Please enjoy some photos of enthusiastic visitors and dedicated volunteers from Allaire’s Fall Festival.
Howell Iron Works was a typical community at the time and represents some of the economic and social changes of the industrial revolution.This self-sufficient community contained a carpentry and pattern making shop, a blacksmith, bakery, a foreman’s cottage, the owner’s residence, rowhouses for workers with families, a boarding house for single men, blast furnace, finishing mill, school, church, general store and post office, and enameling shop.
Kids and adults love riding the Pine Creek Railroad. Founded in 1952, New Jersey Museum of Transportation’s Pine Creek Railroad is one of the oldest operating narrow gauge railway exhibits in the country. More info here.
Today, visitors can stroll the many trails, picnic in the grove, wander through the many historic buildings and experience history through hands-on activities – especially fun for children – at the village within Allaire State Park. The village is preserved and managed by a nonprofit, The Historic Village, which relies on the dedicated support of volunteers, members, visitors and friends and the many events they hold.
About Allaire Village, Inc.
It is the goal of Allaire Village, Inc. to preserve and provide information on the Howell Works Company, an early 19th-century iron-producing community, and the life of James Peter Allaire, a prominent 19th-century marine engine manufacturer.
Allaire Village presents the everyday life of ordinary people in the early 1800s through interpretation of the buildings and through events and historic activities in which park visitors can participate, enjoying a hands-on experience of the past.