The next stop on our trip through the forest we followed the trail all the way to Friendship.
A once prosperous cranberry bog town, now mere ruins stand in its place.
Years of wild forest fires and controlled burns removed any remains of the stick homes that housed the workers and made the land fertile for wild grasses.
"In 1869, Friendship was the heart of a 3,000-acre cranberry farm."
"Today, foundation ruins of the abandoned cranberry town can be found in the field to the east side of Carranza Road and south side of Friendship-Speedwell Road."
"This old crossroad provides a lovely view of a meadow, woods and cedar stream."
Founded in 1869, this was once the site of one of the largest
and prosperous cranberry businesses in NJ.
Before this land became cranberry bogs there once stood a sawmill
dating back to the 1790's.
Unfortunately, the town of Friendship was sold in the 1950's to a private buyer who never developed the land and they later sold it to the State of New Jersey.
All that stands in this ghost town are what is left of the foundations.
I am Lizabeth Carl, photographer and owner of Lizabeth Carl Photography. I am 28 years old and have lived in South Jersey my whole life. I was also probably born in the wrong generation because I am hippie at heart.