Welcome to the Historic Village at Allaire! The Historic Village at Allaire is one of the premier living history museums in the state of New Jersey. A living history museum portrays the everyday lives of people, whose stories are often lost in the grander schemes of history.
The Historic Village at Allaire was once an iron-producing, factory-town known as the Howell Iron Works, Co. The Village was a self-sufficient community containing a carpentry and pattern making shop, a blacksmith shop, a bakery, a boarding house, a blast furnace, mills to finish iron products, a school, a church, a general store with a post office, and workers’ home. Iron produced at the village was shipped to New York City by wagon and steamship. It was used to produce steam engines parts in a factory also owned by our proprietor, James P. Allaire. The Howell Iron Works was a typical community at the time and speaks to the experiences of the economic and social changes of those who experienced early Industrial America.
Today the Historic Village at Allaire is an interactive museum where visitors can experience history directly through hands-on activities. The Village is located within Allaire State Park. As a non-profit, The Historic Village relies on the dedicated support of volunteers, members, visitors and friends. We receive no funding from the State of New Jersey. Thank you for your support!