The school year might be coming to an end, but there is still is plenty of time for a history lesson. New Jersey is rich with history and you don’t even have to leave Monmouth County to absorb the historical culture. Spend the day at Allaire Village at Allaire State Park in Wall and experience the 19th-century iron-making town complete with a general store and blacksmith shop. You can also visit the 18th-century farmhouse in Manalapan, which was the home of John and Ann Craig during the Battle of Monmouth. While raising three children, the home was used as a hospital by the British Forces in June of 1778. Another historical site in Monmouth County is the Twin Lights Lighthouse in the Highlands. The current structure was built in 1862 and the towers are not identical twins. However, their purpose was to provide seacoast light to mark the entrance to the New York Harbor.

Your history lesson comes complete with an interactive experience. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection holds its annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield State Park on Saturday, May 13th from 11a-5pm rain or shine. Enjoy five centuries of NJ’s history presented by exhibitors and re-enactors. The centennial of the first World War will be commemorated as part of the experience.

Now, time for a pop quiz. You knew there was going to be a quiz, right? Can you guess the building of this sunburst dome ceiling? In 1925, building materials including brick, steel, concrete, and marble cost approximately $48,000. After several delays, 4,000 guests attended the grand opening festivities beginning November 11, 1926, with vaudeville and a feature film.

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Photo by Gino D
Photo by Gino D

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