WALL TOWNSHIP — A Wall Township staple, Allaire Village, is highlighted as one of 18 New Jersey ghost towns in Timothy Regan’s recently published book, “Ghost Towns of New Jersey: A Tour of Our Forgotten Places.” While he does include a brief nod to the ghoulish “Jersey Devil,” Mr. Regan’s work is based on research and fact, rather than the paranormal, providing a chronology and “journey to glass towns, romantic iron furnace villages, and sleepy hamlets that have simply faded away from our memories over the centuries.” A native of Keyport and current resident of Hazlet, Mr. Regan has spent his life interested in the history of New Jersey, spending countless hours researching and taking photographs across the state. His interest began thanks to his mother, who would often take him as a child to historic sites, including Allaire State Park. “My mother was a really big driving force in taking us to these places and letting us experience them. Allaire was very close, so it was easier going down there when we were young,” Mr. Regan said. “I fell in love at a very early age with Allaire.”
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