A Village Awakens

Allaire’s History Comes Alive

Opening day at Allaire’s historic village was bustling with shops and exhibits open, as well as lantern tours that evening. (Photo courtesy Village of Allaire)

ALLAIRE – Now in its 60th season, the Historic Village of Allaire opened April 1 to spring weather, the bang of the tinsmith’s tools, the crack of a baseball bat and the muted candlelight of lanterns.

Activities abound during opening day, when period reenactors shared the skills, chores and way of life the village recreates as part of its season, which includes special events now through December.

(Photo courtesy Village of Allaire)

Upcoming special events for April and May: flea markets on April 8 and May 6, an April 15 Easter Egg Hunt, BBQ and Brew Festival April 29 and 30, a Spring Craft Market April 13 and Spring Festival April 20.

Opening day April 1 included demonstrations from the craftspeople, such as the tinsmith, but also opened the Bakery and General Store.

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The Historic Village of Allaire was an iron-making “company town” in the 1800s. Today it is a living history museum with guides in period clothing who take visitors through authentically restored buildings.

To register for events, more information on hours and other village features at the state park, visit allairevillage.org.