Historical Villages in New Jersey

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Here are popular historical villages in New Jersey that attract hundreds of thousands of visiters every year. Consult their corresponding web sites for hours of operation, events, history and directions.

Allaire Village
Allaire VillageFarmingdale, NJ
Allaire Village is a 19th Century village listed on the NJ and National Registers of Historic Places. Located within the village are a museum and gift shop, a carpenter shop and working blacksmith, a general store, a bakery, a carriage house, a church and row houses.

Batsto Village
Batso VillageWharton State Forest, Route 543, Batso
Batsto Village, now a part of Wharton State Forrest, was established in the late 1700's as a bog iron and glass making industrial center. Currently it reflects the agricultural and commercial enterprises that existed at the site in the late 19th century. See for yourself how our founding fathers lived and built this thriving Village with tours of the buildings, Grist Mill, Water Powered Wood Mill, Mansion, General Store, Stables and a Museum. A gift shop offers original iron and glass products and other antiques from the village.
Click here to see previous blog article about this historical attraction that offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Historic Cold Spring Village
Cold Spring Village720 Route 9, Cape May
Historic Cold Spring Village, named after the spring of sparkling water that bubbled up through the salt marshes, is a 22 building village where visitors can experience the sights and sounds of yesteryear as costumed interpreters portray life of the 1850s. Special events are held on the weekends throughout the season, including a two day Civil War Weekend which introduces students to the everyday life of Civil War soldier. Special events are held throughout the week including storytelling, children's crafts and wagon rides for a nominal fee. Numerous Cap May Train packages are available which include a lighthouse trip, a trip to the fairgrounds, a visit to the Cape May County Zoo and a trolley tour.

Dutch Neck Village
Dutch Neck Village97 Trench Road, Bridgeton
Dutch Neck Village is a quaint country village consisting of a variety of unique shops which feature items that are not readily found elsewhere. Located within the Village is the Country Living Museum where visitors can see what it was like to be a farmer back in the early 1900s. On display are items such as farm and shop tools, glassware, milk bottles and appliances, farm related books, papers, manuals and magazines. The Old Hickory Arboretum is home to 3 acres and nearly 200 different varieties of plants, trees, and shrubs, many of which are labeled. An abundance of picnic tables allows visitors to eat outside or just relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

Historic Towne of Smithville
Towne of SmithvilleRoute 9 & Moss Mill Road, Smithville
Return to the 1700s with a trip to the Towne of Historic Smithville and Village Greene. Located within Smithville is the Smithville Inn, originally built 2 years before George Washington became President and now a restaurant. In addition to it's historic atmosphere, Smithville is also a shopper's paradise with the bonus of numerous eateries and taverns where you can order anything from pretzels and pizza to an authentic German smorgasbord dinner. For the children, they have a carousel, paddleboats, miniature golf and a steam train which are open during warm weather. Open year round.

Tuckerton Seaport
Tuckerton Seaport120 West Main Street, Tuckerton
Step back in time with a trip to Tuckerton Seaport and see how Baymen lived and worked on the ocean, bays and creeks of New Jersey. The Tucker's Island Lighthouse relives the history of the NJ Lighthouses and their keepers and includes artifacts of the Barnegat Bay Decoy and Baymen's Museum. Napoleon Kelly's Oyster Home exhibits and displays artifacts depicting the history of oystering. The Tuckerton Yacht Club houses numerous interactive exhibits displaying the coastal environment as well as a maritime research library. Hurley Conkin's Decoy Shop exhibits master decoy carver's work. Parson's Clam and Oyster House demonstrates how shellfish is harvested how to catch clams. Perrine Boat Works shows how the Sneakbox was built and classes are offered in building and repairing them. Joe Dayton's Sawmill will demonstrate how locally harvested trees are used to build wood products as well as boats. When you get hungry, Skeeters Seafood Cafe and Bar will satisfy your appetite with a taste of the Barnegat Bay.

Waterloo Village
Waterloo VillageWaterloo Road, Stanhope
Travel back 300 years to a village that was originally settled in the 1750's. The village consists of 28 buildings and structures, including a working grist/saw mill, blacksmith shop and re-created Lenape village. The Museum Shop contains a variety of affordable souvenirs for children and adults. In other shops, you will find unique gifts, handcrafted items and more. An authentic hay wagon ride goes leisurely past the Wellington House and along the canal. Concerts and special events are usually held every weekend.

Waterloo Road, Stanhope
Travel back 300 years to a village that was originally settled in the 1750's. The village consists of 28 buildings and structures, including a working grist/saw mill, blacksmith shop and re-created Lenape village. The Museum Shop contains a variety of affordable souvenirs for children and adults. In other shops, you will find unique gifts, handcrafted items and more. An authentic hay wagon ride goes leisurely past the Wellington House and along the canal. Concerts and special events are usually held every weekend.

Wheaton Village
Wheaton Village1501 Glasstown Road, Millville
Wheaton Village, now called the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, consists of several unique attractions. The Glass Factory has skilled glassblowers transforming hot molten glass into bottles, vases and other glass items. Demonstrations are held daily and you can sign up to make your own paperweight. The Museum of American Glass is the largest museum in the United States which dedicates the preserving history of glass making and also holds the world's largest (7'8" tall) bottle. The Down Jersey Folklife Center is a research center exhibiting the traditions which make up the heritage of the Southern Counties of New Jersey. The Center provides tours for students and adults and sponsors live performances throughout Wheaton Village. Other attractions include the train which offers visitors a ride through the Pinelands, the 1876 built Centre Grove Schoolhouse and the Tinsmith Shop which demonstrates on the weekends.



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