Allaire State Park Campground Professional Review and Guide
"In 1822, businessman James P. Allaire headed south from Manhattan to found the Howell Works on an industrial bog iron–processing area that had been active since 1793. His integrated mining, smelting, and forging business thrived for a few decades, with more than 400 people living on company land during the 1830s. The self-contained private community of Howell Works included homes, a church, a school, and service businesses such as a general store, blacksmith shop, carpenter’s shop, and a bakery.
By the 1850s, bog furnaces were well on their way to extinction. Howell Works became a ghost town and was later used as a movie studio, a French restaurant, and a Boy Scout camp before volunteers began restoring it in the 1950s. Today Howell Works is called Allaire Village and is an outdoor living-history museum within Allaire State Park."