Meet our New Executive Committee!

The Historic Village at Allaire welcomes in a new team of Executive Officers and leadership to the Board of Trustees of Allaire Village, Inc. They all share a common goal- a love for Allaire and working to make it the premiere historic site of NJ!

Hance M. Sitkus, CPA- Chairman of the Board of Trustees
IMG_0319GreatPortraitOfHanceSitkus8x1272Hance Sitkus’s family history dates back to the 1600’s and they are related to employees of Arthur Brisbane, the last private owner of the Allaire property. Allaire has always been a part of Hance’s life; his first memory is riding the steam train at the Pine Creek Railroad. At the young age of 16, he became Manager of the Allaire Village General Store and Bakery where he blended history and business. After receiving a double degree in Accounting and Public Relations/Journalism with a minor in history, he pursued a career in public and private accounting from 2000 to present. After working for companies in NYC such as Ernst & Young, Primedia, Channel One News, and Visible World, Hance launched his own business out of Sea Girt, NJ: Hance Accounting & Business Advisors, LLC. Hance has sat on the Board of Trustees at Allaire Village, Inc. since 2002, serving as Vice Chairman and Treasurer, as well as serving on various committees. One of his tasks as treasurer was the running of operations of the General Store, which in 2014 was inducted into the Museum Store Association! 2013 marked the highest revenue and net income achieved for the Store.

Hance has stepped in as Chairman this year and logs in over 1,200 volunteer hours each year. As Chairman, he hopes to increase visibility and awareness of the Village’s history, as well as the need for preservation. Other anticipated projects include the strengthening of events and programming on a year-round basis. Hance has high hopes for Allaire: “There are no limits to what we can do at Allaire Village if we all work together!

Pat Lundervold- Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees
IMG_3434ALovelyLadyWalksFromBakery8x1272Until her retirement in 2002, Pat worked as a high school Spanish teacher and a multi-lines insurance representative. That year she also became Activities Chair for the Chichester Property Owners Assn and served as its president from 2008 until 2011. In 2007, Pat joined her mother, Vernie Van Dyke, as a member of the Allaire Auxiliary, and has served as an officer since 2008. Pat is currently its President. An avid quilter and sewer, Pat formed the Bog Iron Quilters within the Auxiliary, who make the annual raffle quilt for the Village. Most importantly, “Allaire has given me a love of living history and the people who work and volunteer here.”

Ray O‘Grady- Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
ASquicci_8526Ray O’Grady has been a volunteer at The Historic Village at Allaire for over 15 years! In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees for five years, Ray is the Village tinsmith guild master where he mentors and trains new volunteers and develops historic tinsmith programs. In addition to his role as tinsmith, Ray is also a member of the Bog Iron Boys townball team who recently played against the Hoboken 9! Outside Allaire, Ray holds various instructor positions at local vocational schools and is an avid golfer. Ray has received many awards over the years and recently was the recipient of the 2013 Guild Master of the Year Award! Ray is excited to serve in his new role for the Board!

Tom Laverty- Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Tom Laverty has been on the Allaire Village Board since 2007 and a Secretary of the Board since 2009. Tom is a retired New Jersey State Park Service employee where he worked in several different capacities during his 34-year career there. His most recent assignment was Supervisor of the Office of Interpretation and Resource Management. There he had oversight responsibility for Historic Sites, and natural and cultural history interpretive programming at all State Park properties. His early career included being a historic site manager at Washington Crossing State Park, then at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage historic sites, and finally at Twin Lights Historic site. Tom is a past president of the New Jersey Lighthouse Society.

Upcoming Events at Allaire Village

Allaire Village hosts dozens of events year-round. Check out what’s coming up later this year!

Saturday, August 16th: 1800’s Baseball Reenactment
11am-4pm. Join us for a day of family fun as Allaire Village’s Bog Iron Boys play the historic Elizabeth Resolutes in a double-header baseball reenactment! Learn about the 1860’s baseball rules, play historic games, and learn more about your local history! There is a $5 parking fee for this event.

Sunday, August 17th: Rolling Iron Antique Auto Show
8am-3pm. At this premiere show of the Jersey Shore, hundreds of antique cars will be on display at the Historic Village! 30+ trophies will be awarded to winners of multiple classes, and the first 250 registered cars will receive commemorative dash plaques. The price for registration is $18 per car. For spectators, there is a $5 parking fee. Rain date of Sunday, August 24th.

Saturday, August 23rd: Rescheduled “Ducky Derby” Special Fundraiser
10am-4pm. Rescheduled event! Rubber ducks race down the Mill Pond for a $500 Grand Prize Package for Corporate Sponsors, and plenty of fun prizes for children’s races! Ducks go on sale at 10am and races run from 11am-3pm. Other fun activities include Lucky Ducky children’s “fishing” for ducks, music, face painting, games, and more! There is a $5 parking fee for this event.

Saturday & Sunday, August 30th & 31st: Garden State Wine Festival
12-5pm. Dozens of NJ wineries and vineyards will be returning to Allaire Village for the annual Wine and Jazz Festival this August! Including the two days of wine tasting, visitors can enjoy jazz music, food from gourmet vendors, entry into the historic buildings and more! Visit for more info & ticket purchases.

Saturday, September 13th: Fall Craft Market & Art in the Park
10am-4pm. Shop for unique, hand-crafted artistry of all kinds at our Annual Fall Craft Market! Admission is $2 for adults, and free for children under age 12- includes entry into the historic buildings. During the day you can also view local artists demonstrating and displaying their crafts. Children can enter an art contest themed “My Allaire Village”! Entries will be displayed at the Art in the Park/Craft market event and prizes will be awarded. For more info, or to reserve a vendor space, please call 732-919-3500 or visit

Saturday, September 20th: Late Summer Flea Market
8am-3pm. Shop for goods of all kinds at our monthly flea markets! While you’re here, be sure to stop by the historic homes, General Store, and Bakery. Admission is $1, children under age 12 free. Vendor space is available.

Saturday, September 27th: 1830’s Fall Harvest Festival
12-4pm. Celebrate the Harvest at Allaire Village! Join the Villagers for a day of family fun as they welcome in the Autumn season! Historic activities include apple cider pressing, apple toss and other authentic children’s games, hearth cooking, militia demonstrations, town ball games, blacksmith/carpentry demonstrations, horse and wagon rides, and more! Admission for this event is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12. Horse and wagon rides are an additional fee.

*The Historic Village at Allaire hosts events thru December! Visit for events and building hours, year-round!*

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Sunday Walking Tours in the Village

Sunday Walking Tours jpegThis Summer, enjoy 90-minute walking tours of The Historic Village at Allaire! Every Sunday until August 24th, tours guided by a historic interpreter will leave the Visitor’s Center at 12pm and 2pm for a walking tour that visits our historic indoor spaces, as well as the beautiful outdoor Village.


During the tour, you will visit all thirteen of our historic buildings and learn more about:

  • James P. Allaire, owner and founder of The Howell Works
  • The iron production business that was housed on the site
  • Allaire’s impact on Monmouth County
  • Daily life in the 1830’s
  • Education and the impact children had on the Works
  • Women’s roles in industrial communities
  • The “current events” of 1836
  • 1836 politics and the economy
  • Arthur Brisbane, the Boy Scouts, and the Howell Works post 1900

P1020943Visitors will also get a chance to watch historic demonstrations of blacksmithing, carpentry, and children’s games! The tour begins in the Visitor’s Center and all who are interested may sign up and pay for the tour on the day of the event. This Sunday’s tour (the 27th) will be presented free of charge as we are still in the experimental phase. Beginning next weekend, there will be a small fee attached to this tour (tentatively $3 for adults, $2 for children under age 12).

This tour is fun and appropriate for history lovers of all ages! Visitors will gain a behind-the-scenes look at our historic village, will get to participate in some hands-on activities, and will have the advantage of an experienced tour guide with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm.

For more information on this tour, please call 732-919-3500.

An Intern’s Look into the Archives

An Intern’s Look into the Archives
By Jessica Ciano

James P. Allaire, founder and owner of The Howell Works, the site that is now The Historic Village at Allaire.

James P. Allaire, founder and owner of The Howell Works, the site that is now The Historic Village at Allaire.

Mr. Allaire once made a transaction with a man rumored to be a pirate who was later put to death! That is just one of the historical accounts of Mr. Allaire’s life that I have discovered while working on the digitization project as a volunteer for The Historic Village at Allaire.

As I type up Mr. Allaire’s original thoughts (after deciphering his handwriting!), I realize that I am reading and learning about some of the most private aspects and thoughts of his life. Not only am I helping to save previous memories of The Howell Works, but I am also reading documents that very people have had the opportunity to read. It’s an incredible experience!

The pieces I am digitizing include Mr. Allaire’s handwritten letters, Hal Allaire’s (Mr. Allaire’s youngest son) musings on the day-to-day life in the Howell Works, and some of Allaire’s notes found in his study. Upon completion of the digitization project, the documents will be safely preserved in digital format and accessible to those doing research on the Allaires.

Jessica Ciano is one of our dedicated interns who volunteer their time at The Historic Village at Allaire. Her article first appeared in The Village Star, issue no. 4 of the 2014 volume. For more information on the digitization project going on in the Allaire Village archives, or for more information on conducting research at Allaire, stay tuned for future blog posts or call us at 732-919-3500. 

A Look Back at Spring Events

Allaire Village is always bustling with historic events and programs! Now that Summer has begun, let’s look back at some of our Spring events!

“Bog Iron Boys Pitching the Past” 19th Century Baseball Reenactment


Photo by Angela Squicciarini Photography

Photo by Angela Squicciarini Photography

Photo by Angela Squicciarini Photography

Photo by Angela Squicciarini Photography

Photo by Angela Squicciarini Photography

Photo by Angela Squicciarini Photography

Photo by Angela Squicciarini Photography

19th Century Spring Market Auction




Annual Civil War Encampment

Photo by David Burnett

Photo by David Burnett

Photo by David Burnett

Photo by David Burnett

Photo by David Burnett

Photo by David Burnett

Photo by David Burnett

Photo by David Burnett


The Historic Wedding of Maria Allaire




Thank you to everyone who visited and volunteered at our Spring events! Hope to see you out this Summer!

Guided Monthly Tours: Free for Members!

Beginning this month, the Historic Village at Allaire will be presenting guided, monthly tours through the Village homes and buildings every third Saturday of the month!

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Click to enlarge for more info.

Step back into 1836 and retrace the footsteps of James P. Allaire as you learn about his industrial businesses, what life was like in the 1830’s, and the lagacy Allaire has left on New Jersey. The tour will begin at the Visitor’s Center and will continue on to the Chapel, Blacksmith and Carpentry Shops, Manager’s House, Bakery and General Store, Allaire Mansion, and more! The tour will last approximately three hours and includes a break at the Enameling Building. Each tour will be led by a knowledgeable costumed interpreter who will be more than happy to answer any questions you or your group might have.

These tours will be presented FREE to Members of the Historic Village at Allaire as a membership perk! For non-members, the price will be $10 per person. To reserve your space, or to become a Member, call our office at 732-919-3500 or fill out the application on our website.

The tour is limited to ten people so advanced purchase is a must! Call our office to book your spot!

Our guided, monthly tours are appropriate for children and adults of all ages. Please be advised that there is an extensive amount of walking on the tour.

Dates for our 2014 Tours are as follows:

  • Saturday, June 21st
  • Saturday, July 19th
  • Saturday, August 16th
  • Saturday, September 20th
  • Saturday, October 18th* (Date may change)
  • Saturday, November 15th
  • Saturday, December 20th* (Date may change)


Civil War Encampment at Allaire Village

The Civil War returns to Allaire Village this weekend!

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Troops will be camping in the Historic Village and recreating an 1860’s School of the Soldier!

Activities throughout the weekend will include

  • Artillery and Cavalry unit demonstrations
  • Brass Band & musical performances
  • Presidential Debate
  • Visits from Abraham Lincoln
  • Military officer headquarters scenario
  • And more!

The event is presented by Allaire Village, Inc. and The New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association. For more info about this event, visit their website. 

Hope to see you there!





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