WALL TOWNSHIP — The Historic Village at Allaire’s annual Day of Thanks celebration offered visitors the chance to experience what a traditional 19th-century Thanksgiving holiday was like on Sunday, Nov. 19.
Patrons of all ages were welcomed to visit the historic village, found within Allaire State Park, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy the festive atmosphere of an 1830s Thanksgiving while engaging with event volunteers, all dressed in traditional attire, who demonstrated various tasks and activities in the same methods used by those who had once done so in those same buildings hundreds of years ago.
“Our main goal here is bringing the sights, the sounds, the smells and the stories to life,” said Historic Programming and Volunteer Manager Linnea Kuglitsch. “It’s all about the senses, it’s all about putting yourselves in peoples’ shoes and making that connection so that you can be excited about the past in the present, learn about it and grow with it; it’s really fun.”
Throughout the village, guests were encouraged to enter the various historic buildings and connect with the volunteers during their demonstrations to take a peek into what life had been like during the Thanksgiving season back when the holiday tradition had just begun.
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