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at East Jersey Old Town Village

​Cornelius Farley founded the blacksmith shop after he and his wife emigrated from Ireland. They had six children in New Brunswick and started a blacksmith businesss at this location.

The Farley Blacksmith Shop was originally located along a section of Burnet Street in New Brunswick near Commercial Avenue and State Highway Route 18, that disappeared under urban redevelopment and highway construction in the 1960s. The shop consisted of an open wood framed one story building constructed around 1850.

Cornelius Farley founded the blacksmith shop after he and his wife emigrated from Ireland. They had six children in New Brunswick and by 1868, Cornelius’ son, Patrick, was listed in the New Brunswick City Directory as a blacksmith with a business at 54 Burnet Street and a r​esidence at 76 Burnet. He ran the business after his father passed away. Patrick’s four sons eventually joined into the family business and between 1897 and 1961 had different levels of involvement
By 1908 the business was known as “PJ Farley & Sons,” and consisted of Patrick, Harry, Cornelius, and John Farley. As the years progressed, Patrick eventually retired and passed on, while his younger sons William and Joseph later joined the family trade and continued the three-generation old tradition. By 1960, only three of the five Farley brothers were still operating the forge at their grandfather’s establishment. John, William, and Harry Farley, in their seventies and eighties, remained faithful to the business.
In early 1961, the Farley blacksmith shop was lifted onto a flat bed truck and moved to the southern portion of Johnson Park in Piscataway. The building was fully restored and opened as a historical site preserving not only the structure but the blacksmith skills as well. Almost fifteen years later the shop was moved again, this time to the northern section of Johnson Park where  East Jersey Old Town Village is today.

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​Farley Blacksmith Shop at East Jersey Old Town Village
1050 River Road 
Piscataway, NJ 08854 
Phone Number(732) 745-3030
TTY: (732) 745-3888

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