Sunday, April 24, 2011

ASNJ at the 2011 NJ History Fair

Please come visit with us at this fair. We'll have a table and displays of artifacts. If you would like to volunteer some time at the table, contact Rich ( Note change in venue from Washington's crossing...

SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair
Saturday May 7, 2011
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Historic Village at Allaire - Allaire State Park
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
(732) 919-3500

Free Admission
Allaire Village Inc. is requesting a $5 per car Parking Donation
Rain or Shine
The Spirit is Back!

   Experience five centuries of New Jersey’s history all in one place at the SPIRIT of the JERSEYS - a historical festival for all ages on Saturday, May 7 at the Historic Village at Allaire, Allaire State Park in Farmingdale.

This free event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, drew 6,000 visitors in 2009. Now in its seventh year, the Fair is a fun-filled adventure into New Jersey’s past with:

Living history demonstrations

 Military re-enactors



Period music and dance

An authors tent

Historical organizations and museums from around the state

Historical figures such as Molly Pitcher, Walt Whitman, and Ben Franklin!

New this year, visitors can meet Benjamin Franklin; sit for a silhouette image; watch a 19th century tinsmith; attend Maria Allaire’s wedding; learn about the Hindenburg, watch an old-time baseball game, and chat with Civil War soldiers!

There are plenty of hands-on activities for kids and adults, from learning the art of paper marbling to participating in historical games; to plowing a furrow and inventing a working phonograph. Children can learn about the women’s’ movement by playing NJ Women Bingo or suffragist dress-up at the Alice Paul Institute booth. Get the whole family together for a colonial photoshoot with the Burlington County Historical Society. For literary fans, Darrel Ford of Babylon, NY will portray one of America’s greatest poets, Walt Whitman.

As you stroll through the Village listen to musical performances by "The Practitioners of Musick', an 18th century musical group, and dulcimer player Bonnie Leigh. Or, see a hands-on demonstration of WWII radio equipment. Investigate the truth behind paranormal claims with the Shore Paranormal Research Society. Watch the Flemington Neshanock Baseball Club re-create an 1864 baseball game!

There will be over 100 historical organizations and museums, re-enactors, authors, performers and living history demonstrators exhibiting at this year's SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair!  Bring the entire family for a day of fun & learning!

The Fair is sponsored by Allaire Village, Inc. and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Historic Sites, Division of Parks and Forestry.

Allaire Village, Incorporated is licensed by the State of New Jersey to operate the 40-acre, Historic Village at Allaire, the site of James P. Allaire's Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830’s. Throughout the year, Allaire Village, Incorporated is able to present many fine-quality educational and interpretive programs. These programs are made possible by the support of private donations, membership fees, fund-raising events, admission fees, and patronage of our General Store and Bakery.
Allaire Village, Inc. received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. In addition, funding for our historical events is made possible in part to a generous grant from the Ocean First Foundation.
The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park on Route 524/4265 Atlantic Avenue, in Farmingdale, Monmouth County, NJ, off Exit 98 of the Garden State Parkway and off Exit 31B of Interstate 195.  For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 732-919-3500 or visit our web site, at