History comes alive for James P. Allaire’s Birthday

WALL TOWNSHIP — The Historic Village at Allaire took visitor back in time Saturday to celebrate the birthday of James Allaire, an iconic figure in Wall Township’s history. Mr. Allaire, the namesake of the Historic Village at Allaire, founded Allaire Iron Works in 1815 — the first marine steam engine company in New York City — and later Howell Works in 1822, resulting in the development of the factory town that once stood at the village grounds. To honor Mr. Allaire, volunteers and residents alike gathered in celebration of his 232nd birthday during James P. Allaire’s Birthday and Guild Day on Saturday, July 15. “I think we did really good,” said volunteer Alice Chandler, of Brick, of the turnout to the event. The park was filled with volunteers in period clothing — despite the sweltering heat — reenacting life as it was in the days of Mr. Allaire, as families strolled from one demonstration to the next, venturing in the preserved buildings throughout the village grounds.
Ava and Rachel Engle demonstrated games from the 1800s. CAITLYN BAHRENBURG/THE COAST STAR
At the village barn, volunteer Sam Spinazzola baked a blueberry cobbler while his fellow volunteers cooked chicken on a string over an open fire. Rachel and Ava Engle, of Jackson, led children through a series of games, including hoop rolling where children push a wooden hoop with a stick, and demonstrated how to wash laundry using a washboard as garments hung on a line to dry.

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