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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 31, 2019

Historic Village in Allaire State Park

 

James Peter Allaire: 1785-1858, U.S. engineer and business man, of French Huguenot descent. Owner of a New York brass foundry, he leased Robert Fulton’s New Jersey engine shop on 1815 and transferred its business to area around South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, New York City in 1816. Here he set up the city’s first steam-engine plant, where the first compound marine engines in the world were built. As his business grew and production increased, so did Allaire’s need for raw materials which, in his case, was primarily iron. At the time, the United Kingdom was the largest manufacturer and exporter of iron in the world, but, as a result of the war of 1812, high ad velum tariffs had been placed on the British commodity. This led him to purchase the Howell Works Property In 1822 a small forge on the upper fringes of the New Jersey Pine Barrens now in Monmouth County. Over the next few years, Allaire would make many improvements to the furnace complex site to produce iron for his New York foundry, repairing existing buildings and constructing new ones. The isolation of the site also forced him to consider the development of a self-sufficient community, one that would eventually include a blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, bakery and grist mill, a boarding house, larger homes for workers and their families, mills and factories, a school and church and a general store. It is today the Historic Village in Allaire State Park a non-profit, living history museum set in 1836. additional information

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  1. Hans van Rossum said, on December 31, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Very interesting John and Allaire, what a history!
    Hans

  2. wynkin said, on December 31, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Very interesting.

  3. rolf Achilles said, on December 31, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Not only is each of your glass posts fascinating and widely informative, now the early history of the Allaire family is, too! Interesting that the family rolled brass. A couple of decades ago I wrote a history of Chicago Extruded Metals, that was a local history of brass production. I ran across the name Allaire then, but only today with your post was reminded of it again. Thank you. Rolf Achilles


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