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I’ve known about this place for years. Why I took this long to visit it I’ll never know.

Not many know a member of the Lincoln family (yes, as in Abraham Lincoln) is buried in NJ. Deborah, our 16th president’s great-grand aunt, was only 3 when she died in 1720. I heard so much about her grave that I figured hers was the only one left from the cemetery. How wrong I was….there’s an entire graveyard.

Approaching the graveyard from the trail.

Behind the marker is a trail. After going uphill a bit you come to the cemetery. There are a few old wooden posts that were part of a fence around the cemetery’s perimeter. I was surprised at the size of the place. Some of the graves, including Debbie’s, had iron railings around them. Supposedly Deb’s is the oldest readable stone (the sign says the cemetery was founded in 1695; she was buried in 1720). There are many stones that are nothing but stumps now. Parts of the graveyard have been restored, but the parts where the stones are gone or broken are still overgrown. The paths even go over a few of the older stones. The newest grave we saw was from 1911.

These stones were next to each other. No dates are given for Willie.

Debbie’s grave is near the front. Her stone, along with a few others, is hand carved, like a few of the stones we found at the Quaker Cemetery.

It was tough to read, so I traced it with my finger.

Deborah Lincon
Aged 3Y 4M
May 15 1720

Yes, it’s spelled “Lincon.” I read that this is how the last name was spelled in the 1700’s, but genealogical records show the second L. Maybe it was just a misspelling.
It’s interesting to point out there are 4 generations and 145 years between her death and President Lincoln’s. This wasn’t even a country when she was alive, while Abraham was trying to put it back together in his time.

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Allaire Railroad Bridge

Posted by Stu On March - 20 - 2005

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This tiny bridge, not even 10′ across, is all that remains of a railroad track off one of the hiking trails in Allaire; the rest of the track has been torn up. We had heard about a bridge and were expecting something like the trestle at Hebrew Park, but it ended up being much, much smaller. It was still a nice find after a near-mile hike into the woods.

Down a bit from the bridge I found a large tree with Christmas ornaments on its bottom. I have no idea who put them there. There’s what appears to be a hunting club a bit up another trail, but why would they do it, and so far from the building?

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Quaker Cemetery

Posted by Stu On December - 20 - 2004

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I stumbled upon this cemetery on a geocaching site, where they had it listed as “Quaker Cemetery.” I tried looking up more information, but it was listed as unnamed. Perhaps it started out as a Quaker cemetery, as there are many old blank stones…many of which have broken or fallen over. I’m not sure how old these stones are, however. There are many from the 1800’s and 1900’s as well, some as recent as the 80’s. There were also no signs anywhere to be found. Someone must be taking care of the place, however; a few of the older broken stones have been reinforced or cemented back together.

What makes this graveyard so unique is its location; it is located at the intersection of 2 large highways, yet if you’re not looking for it you’ll never see it. It’s sort of in its own valley. Just feet away, about 10 feet above the graveyard, cars and trucks speed by on 195.

If you attempt to visit this cemetery, please use caution…..traffic is quite heavy.

This is easily one of my favorite finds yet.

Surrounding one large tree in the center of the cemetery are many small stones…some of which still have initials on them. Maybe these were the original stones, possibly Quakers:

You can see the highway behind the graveyard, up the hill:

And here you can see a sign from 195 among the trees:

This stone’s held up by a dead branch:

We found quite a few broken stones off to the sides of the graveyard. The woods have reclaimed these parts:

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Allaire Village

Posted by Stu On February - 20 - 2004

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Allaire was the home of Howell Ironworks from the early to mid 1800’s. Once it was realized coal from Pennsylvania was more practical than bog iron, Allaire, along with other bog iron towns in central & southern NJ, eventually became a ghost town.

Most of the buildings still stand, and some are used for reenacting the townlife as it was in the 1800’s. There’s a blacksmith shop and a general store, among other things.

Rowhouses of the former workers are now a visitor’s center.

The bit of wall behind the sign is all that’s left of the former charcoal depot. Some of the structures have signs by them that showed how they looked back in the 1800’s.

Remains of the slaughterhouse

The blacksmith shop

The blast furnace, from the charcoal depot and up front

The church. This one’s unusual because the belltower is in the back instead of the front. The front of the building couldn’t support the weight.

I never noticed Allaire has a train station. We walked around there a bit and saw they had many defunct trains & parts scattered about. Some looked like they were being fixed up.

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Sandy Hook 2004

Posted by Stu On February - 6 - 2004

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2002 Trip / 2006 Trip

I’m glad I came back here; we found a lot that I missed on the previous trips. First thing we came across was a battery I didn’t see on my first trip.

Nude beach! w00t!

The Beach Bunkers

We had to hike down the road a bit to get to these. They’re out on their own little peninsula. I don’t know how I overlooked them the last few times.

Those are remains of a dock in the water. Just the posts are left.

Roadside Memorial

This was difficult to read. Some members of the Royal Navy were buried here in 1783.

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Abandoned Development in Marlboro

Posted by Stu On January - 6 - 2003

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I first noticed these houses late last year on one of my trips to the Slaughterhouse. They’re pretty much across from the Slaughterhouse, actually. There’s one small “Off Limits” sign guarding the street. Scary.

At the street’s end is a trail that I’m guessing leads to the mental hospital.

All the houses look the same and are the same boring brown color. All of them but one were boarded up. The very first one on the right is the only one you can get in; the door was wide open, and the windows hadn’t been boarded up yet. The house was in very good condition. All the rooms were empty, minus a few candy bar wrappers. Surprisingly, no beer cans either. It looked like the place was emptied out just the day before. The first floor was pretty dark, so we headed upstairs first. Both bathrooms upstairs still had carpeting, the only rooms in the house that did. The other bathroom had a calendar in it; it was on June 1996. Maybe that’s when the houses were abandoned.
We headed back to the first floor and took some pics of the kitchen. Once again, I was surprised at its condition…..looked almost new.

And finally…..the basement. I had to go down there. This was the one time I regret forgetting my flashlight. Since we’re inside an abandoned house with very little light (the front windows weren’t boarded, but the back ones were), it was dark. The basement was nearly black. I took the steps down, and suddenly BAM! I was knee-deep in ice-cold water……felt like something bit my leg off. I jumped back on the stairs and took a pic of the basement.

A bit to the side of the houses is a larger, white house with a garage behind it. The house was all boarded up. The front door had some stuff in front of it for whatever reason.

I was going to go by the Slaughterhouse and see if everything was still standing, but at this point I couldn’t feel my feet. Remember, I was soaked up to my knees from nasty water, and it was 29 degrees out. So I rung out my socks, which oddly enough smelled like Mexican food, and went home.

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