"Ruins of a late 18th-19th C. furnace and later cranberry operation along the Batsto River."
Exploring the Pines is one of the best things you can do to relieve
stress and to enjoy nature.
Through the woods...
Over an old bridge...
To a fork in the road...
We found what was left of the Hampton Park, which are the remains of the old Cranberry Packing House that was still in operation until 1964 when the government condemned the property so that they could control the headwaters of the Batsto River.
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(the beautiful four story building in 1946)
(what little is left in 2015)
Not much is know about the actual Hampton Furnace, but it was approximately
opened in 1795. Sometime around the 1850's the furnace cease operation.
The Hampton Furnace used bog iron which was found in the surrounding area's swamps and bogs. It is possible that cannonballs were made here for the War of 1812.
It is known that this furnace produced nails of various sizes and some can still be found around the site if you look closely.
Down the road a bit we found more foundations of possibly the workers homes.
Photo my dad took while we were exploring the foundation of one of the homes.
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.