Thursday, April 22, 2021

Allaire State Park

Monday was a gorgeous day in New Jersey!!
We went for a walk in
The historic village was once an iron-producing, factory-town known as the Howell Iron Works.
The village was a self sufficient community,
with carpentry and blacksmith shops, bakery, church, school, post office and general store.
There were also row houses for the workers to live in.

There was a pretty cherry blossom tree beside the church.

This is the church the hubs and I wanted to get married in.
I was only 19 and my mom would not allow it for whatever reason,
so we married elsewhere.

My cutie...

Someone has already started the garden outside the Foreman's Cottage.

The Bakery

The far building is the General Store

The Blacksmith Shop

"handy spare tires in the event of a flat"
the hubs

Row Houses for the workers

There is so much more to see in the village, come visit and see for yourself.
This is a great place to experience life in the 18th century life. 


  1. Hello Debbie,

    The park looks like a nice place for a walk. The historical village is nice to see in such great condition. The garden looks nice and I love the blooming trees. Take care, enjoy your day!

  2. What a beautiful time of year to go somewhere like that! I love learning more about places in my part of the country too. Maybe I'll plan a day trip soon! Hugs!

  3. Beautiful place! We have something similar here where the original buildings are still maintained.

  4. So wonderful that they have preserved this part of history and it is easily assessable. Love the picture of the church and the cherry blossom tree.

  5. Good morning. LOVE all your photos and the history.. I"m originally from NJ...Grew up in Bergen County and didn't move until I was 32. Allaire , is that Allaire state park? I can't remember what part of the state thats in.. South Jersey?

    1. yes, allaire state park. i am in central new jersey, ocean county, the park is in monmouth county but not far (10 minutes) from where i live!!

  6. I love visiting these kind of places, I like when they plant gardens and stuff like that it makes it more realistic and you can imagine life there. Since you were not able to get married there you will have to renew your vows there, that would be neat :)

  7. It looks like a great place for a stroll and to learn some history!

  8. One of my favorite places :) And I love that little garden.

  9. Definitely a place I'd like to visit :)
    Your photographs are lovely and show it so well.

    All the best Jan

  10. i think my favourite picture is the cherry blossom tree and the church. That makes a great photo.

  11. I would love walking around here. I wish I could just jump into these beautiful photos :)

  12. Excellent Sight For A Rebel To Merry - Ideal Post For Earth Day - Well Done

    Big Hugs

  13. What a wonderful outing! As always, it was the next best thing to visiting there seeing all your great photos!

  14. Debbie - it doesn't get more picturesque than that! Hard to beat the cherry tree with the church in the background. And I love the brick architecture - you don't see that much anymore!!! My husband's family were coal miners in the UK, and have always lived in a row house built for the miners, so I have a special affinity for row houses! Enjoy your weekend!

  15. I would really like to visit that village for sure. I love the 1800's and it would be fun to see the different shops and etc. I do like the church and it does look like a fun place to get married. Of course, I loved your hubby's smiling photo. You got some great photos today for sure.
    Sending loving thoughts and hugs!

  16. It's wonderful that you and hubby get to get out and visit these wonderful places!