Allaire State Park consists of 3,035 acres located in Monmouth County on New Jersey's Outer Coastal Plain. This pine and oak forest is similar to that found in the heart of New Jersey's Pinelands National Reserve. The Manasquan River bisects the park and flows east to the Atlantic Ocean.
Best known for its historic village and narrow gauge railroad, Allaire also provides opportunities for picnicking, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, hunting, and fishing.
Historic Allaire Village is situated within the park. Originally the site of a bog iron furnace and forge that date back to the late 1700's, this self contained community once housed over 400 people. Products manufactured at the village included caldrons, pots and kettles, stoves, screws, and some pipe.
Facilities: Within the park, there are facilities for picnicking and camping. The park has a nature center that is staffed by a naturalist in the summer. The village general store offers a variety of novelties and gifts. During the summer, many of the village buildings are staffed by interpretive volunteers that provide living history demonstrations.
Visitors can fish for stocked trout, rent a horse at nearby liveries, hike the 25 miles of multi-use trails, or simply spread a blanket on the grass and enjoy the views.
The Pine Creek Railroad in the park, established in 1960, is the only live-steam, narrow-gauge train ride in New Jersey today. It is an example of the rail travel used to open up the American frontier. Additionally, the 18 hole Spring Meadow Golf Course, a par 72 course, is open to the public. This golf course is adjacent to the park.
Today, visitors to the village can see the general store, carriage house, enameling shop, carpenter's shop, the Big House, manager's house, foreman's cottage, the old Christ Church, bakery, the furnace, and the row houses which now shelter the village visitor center. At the center, visitors can see modern displays depicting life as it was for the village workers. A slide and sound show is also available.
Many and varied special events take place within the village and park each year. These events include: antique shows, historic celebrations of America's history, militia musters and civil war encampments, arts and crafts shows, Village Guild demonstrations, flea markets, storytelling festivals, wildlife carvers and artisans shows, lantern tours of the village, and Christmas sales and shows.
For further information about the park, the village, or for a calendar of events, call or write the park office at the following address:
Allaire State Park
P.O. Box 220
Farmingdale, New Jersey 07727
Directions: Allaire State Park and Village are located about three miles south of Farmingdale, N.J. on County Route 524. They are two miles west of Garden State Parkway Exit 98 and one mile East of I-195 Exit 31.
The telephone number that residents should call for information on Allaire Village or Allaire State Park is 732-938-2253. Please visit the Allaire village website for more information.
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