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Buckingham

Posted by Stu On February - 20 - 2005

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This is another place in the Pines we accidentally stumbled upon. Buckingham was founded by John Buckingham around 1880. It was a station along the now defunct railroad. There was also a mill here. The town has a sad story tied with it.
The town’s demise was supposed to have begun with the death of Mr. Buckingham’s daughter, who was trampled by a cow. The cow was bought for her so she’d have the freshest milk available. Guess that wasn’t such a good idea afterall.
I was surprised to read that the town was only from the 1880’s….from the looks of it I thought it was much older.

To those who seek this lost town, a word of caution……maybe a few hundred yards from the ruins is private property; it looks like either a house or hunting club. Judging by the amount of signs we saw, it’s apparent they want to be left alone. We heard dogs barking when we approached the ruins and they didn’t stop once while we were there. I’m pretty sure Buckingham isn’t on the property since it’s not within the fence, but be careful and don’t draw attention to yourself.

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Abandoned Cabins on the Mullica

Posted by Stu On February - 20 - 2005

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A small creek runs behind the ruins

Dawe spotted this one while looking for the Clark’s Landing graves. Right on the side of a bridge is a small trail with a gate that leads to 3 cabins, all of which are boarded up. It doesn’t look like they’ve been used in quite a while. There were 2 large piles of wood behind one of them. What made this find interesting was its hidden entrance.

A small creek runs behind the ruins

A small creek runs behind the ruins

A small creek runs behind the ruins

A small creek runs behind the ruins

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Clark’s Landing Graves

Posted by Stu On February - 20 - 2005

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I had read about 2 very old and virtually unknown graves being hidden somewhere along the Mullica. The graves, found at Clark’s Landing, are those of Thomas Clark (1686-1752) and his wife Ruth (?-1749). These are well-hidden and difficult to get to. You need to cross a small bridge to get to them, which is falling apart (part of it almost broke underneath us). The headstones have a small fence around them and have been put in a concrete frame. I went through a lot to find these graves, and it was worth every minute.

A small creek runs behind the ruins

A small creek runs behind the ruins

A small creek runs behind the ruins

A small creek runs behind the ruins A small creek runs behind the ruins

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Washington

Posted by Stu On February - 20 - 2005

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A small creek runs behind the ruins

Yet another ghost town in the pines. The only remains I found were of a single foundation….the deepest I’ve come across yet. I’ve been told that this was the tavern, but I then found out this was the stables and not the tavern. The air was easily a good 10 degrees cooler walking into the ruins. Up the road a bit we found some scattered bricks and concrete bits.

A small creek runs behind the ruins

A small creek runs behind the ruins

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Fireside Village

Posted by Stu On February - 20 - 2005

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Along Rt. 30 you can find the Fireside Steakhouse, which is now closed and for sale. Behind the building is an odd little village….almost looked like a Midgetville. The small town is called Fireside Village, and it has just about everything: its own chapel, a general store, a fire truck, and even its own doctor. Some of the displays have mannequins.
I don’t know what to say about the place. It looks like it was set up as a kiddie attraction (there’s not much else it could have been)…..but why behind a steakhouse? Didn’t help business very much, evidently.

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Charles Wills Grave

Posted by Stu On February - 20 - 2005

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I heard about this spot a few times but didn’t get around to it until I found out a geocache is hidden near it.
Charles Wills lived for only 4 months (April-July 1839), yet his name would be remembered much longer than anyone else buried in this cemetery. His grave had the only stone marker; the rest were made of pine and have since burned or rotted away. The cemetery was named Eagle Cemetery, after the Eagle Tavern (nothing is left of the tavern). There’s a small donation can on the fence, but I’m not sure who takes care of the gravesite.

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