We are a husband and wife team of history teachers who spend way too much of our time visiting historic sites and searching for the perfect hot dog joint. (Paterson, NJ is probably the best combo of those pursuits, by the way). This spring we decided to build something out of that interest, a blog that shares our discoveries with others in the Essex County we call home. Lori lived the first ten years of her life in Irvington and later lived for over a decade in Newark’s Ironbound section. Jason was brought to Essex County by Lori, and immediately fell in love with the Ironbound. We now live in a house in Maplewood with our two children.