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South Toms River Silos

Posted by Stu On March - 9 - 2009

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Yet something else that was up the road from me my whole life and I never knew about. These old silos can be found in the woods of South Toms River. They’re in pretty good shape and there are quite a few of them. I wonder why there’s one whole cluster very close together but then others are more spaced out and not so organized. I’m not really sure what they were for or when they were last used. The insides of most of them had chairs and other random junk in them; kind of reminded me of the structures at Mays Landing Brick Company.

The silos are a little tagged up, but there is much less trash there than at other sites I’ve been to. Overall they’re in pretty good shape compared to other similar places.

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Tuckerton Railroad Coal Dump

Posted by Stu On March - 3 - 2009

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Although railroads in Central & South Jersey are just about defunct nowadays, there are still several reminders of their presence and significance – Winslow Junction, the track that once ran next to the Freight Station, the trestle behind Hebrew Park are just a few examples. Here is another.

The ruins of a coal dump for the Tuckerton Railroad can be found along Memorial Drive in Barnegat. I lived in the area for 25 years and never knew it was there. Kind of amazing, seeing that it’s just a block away from Route 9.

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Ruins off Mount Misery Road

Posted by Stu On April - 27 - 2008

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I found these on Easter. I was hoping to find out just what they were, but neither I nor any of the knowledgeable Pine Barrens folk I’ve talked to are completely sure. One theory was that they were part of a nearby mill, but they look too new to be from that. Could’ve just been a house.
Regardless, you have to drive down a sugar sand road for about 2 miles to get to them (this is down the north end of Mt. Misery, which prior to this I’ve never taken).

A well, maybe?

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Sandy Ridge Sawmill Ruins

Posted by Stu On March - 22 - 2007

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Not a whole lot to say – just some ruins of a sawmill that may have been operational as late as 1920. There is very little left, other than the standard cellar holes and scattered bricks. One cellar hole appears to have been used somewhat recently for dumping. The ruins aren’t far from the ghost town of Friendship; I passed by them quite a few times without knowing they were there.

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Joe Mulliner’s Gravesite

Posted by Stu On March - 22 - 2007

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Just about every Piney knows the name Joe Mulliner – the “Robin Hood of the Pines” – who robbed from the rich and, in theory, gave to the poor. He would also rob taverns and, according to some stories, would dance with the women before he escaped. One story that always stuck out in my mind was that his band pillaged a rich widow’s house without his knowledge. They burned down her house and tied her to a tree. Joe soon found out and paid for the reconstruction of her house and, according to some accounts, returned all of her possessions.

Joe’s reign occurred during the time of the Revolution, and he was a Tory. So not only was he a thief, he was a British supporter. Because of this, people really, really wanted to catch him.
It took a while, but one day he was caught in a tavern. He was quickly hanged.

Interestingly, there are 2 grave sites for Joe Mulliner; nobody’s sure which is the true one, if either is. This is the only one I’ve found. Nobody seems to know where the other is, if it even exists anymore.
This stone is in between 2 houses and is just feet from someone’s driveway. It looks like construction was started behind the stone as well. There is somewhat of a path leading up to it, but there are thorns along the way.

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Bear Swamp Hill

Posted by Stu On February - 22 - 2007

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It’s not really what’s at Bear Swamp Hill, because honestly there isn’t all too much to see – it’s moreso learning what happened there and then finding the remaining bits of evidence.

In January of 1971, a plane coming from the McGuire Air Force Base crashed into the fire tower atop the hill; the pilot did not survive the crash. Wreckage, some of the landing gear in particular, landed a third of a mile away. The tower and much of the plane were quickly cleaned up, but it was impossible to find every little bit of the wreckage. The tower was never replaced.

Today, on the hill itself is the foundation of the old tower. This has become a party spot, littered with cans and bottles. In the middle of the foundation is a fire ring made of brick. Down the path a bit are the remains of a bathroom. The landing gear is a good third of a mile hike down a sometimes nearly non-existent trail. I’m glad we did this in the dead of winter. This is not somewhere you’d want to try in summer; the trail would most likely be overgrown, and I don’t even want to think about the amount of ticks & chiggers.

Foundation of the tower, with a fire ring in the middle


Reaching our goal, the woods seemed to almost open up for us; in somewhat of a clearing we found the last known large piece of the plane – some of its landing gear. All around were stumps, with a few younger trees quickly taking their places. I looked around the area a bit to see if I could find any more pieces but came up empty. Also keep in mind much of the ground was covered in snow, so I may have missed something. Allegedly part of the plane is still embedded in a tree trunk nearby. I’ve heard this from a few different sources, but nobody seems to know just where it is.

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