Thanksgiving, as it once was, at Allaire Village Nov. 19


WALL TOWNSHIP — The Historic Village at Allaire will host a 19th Century Thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The village buildings will be open starting at 10 a.m. Several activities are planned for the celebration, which will be held rain or shine, giving visitors the opportunity to explore, learn and “give thanks.”

“Our 19th century Thanksgiving showcases setting aside time to give thanks for one’s blessings, along with holding a feast to celebrate the recent fall harvest,” said HanceSitkus, chairman of the board of trustees.

The main event will feature a program in the village Chapel, which will include historical background and a short service of thankfulness, according to Mr. Sitkus. Visitors will travel back in time during the service as Reverend Tanser, the reverend of the Chapel back in 1836, gives a short sermon and hymns are sung.

According to Mr. Sitkus, James P. Allaire would have given his workers the day off in honor of Thanksgiving at a time when villagers were especially thankful for their freedom and new country.

“Nationalism was a strong theme throughout holidays and special observances in the early 19th century. As a nation of immigrants, of which many [were] working for Mr. Allaire, this [was] a time for for all to join as one and be thankful,” Mr. Sitkus said.

As part of the celebration, volunteers will be demonstrating hearth cooking at the Manager’s House with the Foodways Guild, preparing the traditional Thanksgiving feast as it would have been in the 1830s.


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