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Hollow Field Cemetery – aka “The Pet Cemetery”

Posted by Stu On October - 21 - 2005

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This was one of my obsessions. For years I heard about a pet cemetery hidden somewhere in the woods near Bamber Lake. I asked about it many times but nobody knew what I was asking about. I looked for it quite a few times at quite a few different places and always returned disappointed. Well, I finally found it; one of my more obsessive hunts is over.

The cemetery in reality is not a pet cemetery; it interred people during the 1800’s, including people from a nearby community that was known as Ten Mile Hollow. Very little identifies it as a graveyard today though. A large cross made of signposts is at its front. Around its perimeter are posts of where a fence used to be, some of which have wood wired to them. As for the graves themselves, no markers remain….there are several bits of broken markers among the area though. We didn’t see any names on any of the pieces. I found it strange that only the grass inside the posts was more than waist-high.
I don’t really know why this has been rumored to be a pet cemetery. My guess is because of the lack of headstones, or maybe due to its small size. I also heard a few people describe some of the graves being covered with piles of rocks, which may have also led to the idea that it was for pets. But we saw no piles of rocks.
A few foundations are supposed to be in the nearby woods as well, but we didn’t look for them this time. I was happy enough with finding a place that had eluded me for years.

Popularity: 28% [?]

Route 539 Painted Rock

Posted by Stu On July - 21 - 2005

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New pics from 12/07

This is finally being posted, after roughly 4 years of being put off, for an important reason…..I almost lost the opportunity to post it at all. I’ll get to that in a second.

On the side of Rt. 539 is a large rock, which is rumored to have fallen off a truck that was carrying it to Long Beach Island. The rock was to have been part of a new jetty….possibly the very jetty which caused the Sea King to end up buried under sand. Over the years someone has been painting the rock. The painter used to change the rock rather frequently. Sometimes it would be decorated for a holiday, and other times it would just be a solid color. When I first saw it over 4 years ago, it was a solid dark green. Ever since 9/11 it’s been painted to look like an American flag.

Now for the story. If you have an opportunity to photograph or visit someplace….take it. Don’t put it off.
As I said, I put off writing about this rock for over 4 years. I passed by it numerous times and said to myself “I’ll get it next time” or “it’s kinda dumb; nobody’ll care about that. Maybe I’ll get it some other time.” Well, not long ago I almost lost the chance completely. On the weekend of the 4th of July, the rock was vandalized. Some losers spraypainted it a crappy blue and covered it with a lot of poorly made peace signs. I’ll admit that after 4 years I wanted to see something new on it…..but not in this way.
We passed by it a week later and saw it had been repainted as a flag. The blue has run a little bit, but I’ll take this over the craptastic vandal job.

I was lucky and got a 2nd chance to photograph the Rt. 539 Rock as it was meant to be seen; you don’t get 2nd chances very often in this hobby. Once something’s gone, it’s gone.
Except for painted rocks, it seems.


I was in the area visiting my wife’s family for Christmas. I had heard someone half-assed painted the rock, and I wanted to see for myself. Well, they were right. It has a turtle and what appears to be palm trees on it. Whoever did it isn’t quite an artist, and they also left parts of the flag’s stripes visible in a few areas:

Seeing all the flags still in front of the rock made me chuckle.

For a long time I was hoping someone would come along and reclaim the rock’s randomness….but I was hoping it would be someone who could actually paint. This just sucks – almost as bad as the vandal job a few years back.

Popularity: 16% [?]

Alloway’s Rock

Posted by Stu On June - 21 - 2005

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How I’ve not seen or heard about this place sooner I don’t know, since it’s just up the road a bit from Friendship. This rock, which dwarfs the nearby Carranza Monument (not in height but overall size) is off the “main road” that runs through the ruins of Friendship and is surrounded by foundations. This marker, placed in 1986, indicates the site New Jersey’s first blueberry farm, and possibly one of the first in the world.
This isn’t something that the average adventurer would be interested in, but it is a piece of piney history. I like this place because I’m tired of hearing about the Carranza Memorial; it’s not all that great. At least this one has ruins.
I was lucky to find out about this place. I was showing Dawe the grave of Charles Wills, and we saw a few other people were there. A woman told us she had a book about ghost towns coming out in September, and another person in the group was with a newspaper….which one, I forget. We talked for a few minutes about various Pines ghost towns, and she brought up Alloway’s Rock. She told me how to get to it and off we went.

Foundation behind the marker

For those with interest, the rock says:

The cultivated blueberry industry started in the New Jersey Pinelands. On this site, James Garfield Alloway established one of the world’s first blueberry farms. Not only was it one of the first, but for many years it was one of the most productive.

The hard work of James Garfield Alloway, his wife, Anna Shinske (Choroczynski) Alloway, and his son, Mark Andrew Alloway made this piece of Pinelands a garden spot. Their pioneering efforts helped establish blueberry cultivation.

This monument is dedicated to their memory by James Garfield DeMarco. Now abandoned and returning to forest, the Alloway Farm belongs to the State of New Jersey.

Erected March 28, 1986

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Hut of The Gatherers – 2 Years Later

Posted by Stu On May - 20 - 2005

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Originally visited 6/03

I decided to go back to the hut to get some better photos and possibly talk with anyone who may be there. Well, after 2 years I was rusty with the directions, and we got lost for a good 20 minutes or so. We stumbled upon 2 kids who told us about an “underground hut”. I was confused by this but figured it was what I was looking for, so I followed them. We ended up having to cross the Wounded Heart Bridge that I found last time. Someone had nailed random planks together so you can get across the creek without having to go all the way around. I don’t know how we managed, but we got across the shaky thing. A ladder at the end got us up over the skeletal trestle.

Part of the bridge. It wasn’t very sturdy.

After crossing I realized we were right near where the Gatherers, um, gathered. Unfortunately, I was too late….the large stick house was no more. It’s been taken apart and stacked in large piles.

The meeting place for the Gatherers is no more. How long it’s been gone, I don’t know. Our 2 guides seemed to remember it but said it was gone a while. I asked them about the group of people who used the place, but they had no idea what we were talking about.
But that wasn’t the “underground hut” they were talking about. What they wanted to show me was something completely different.
A bit up the trail from the now non-existent teepee I saw this underground thing they wanted to show us…..a small one room structure with wood walls was built into the side of a hill. I don’t know who built it; I highly doubt kids did. Maybe it was something the Gatherers made, but I swear it wasn’t there the last time we visited. It had a roof that was hidden by pine needles. It even had a makeshift glass door, which was shattered. The 2 kids told us homeless people used to live in there, but people would harass them and throw rocks at the place. I doubt anyone lives there now, if they did at all. All I know is that there was a lot of porn in it…on the walls, on the floor, in the stream behind the building, etc.
The kids also told us about fires being set to scare the homeless off, as well as something about 5 people going missing back here and never being found. This is most likely all stories.

2 views of the roof.

One of our guides at the doorway in the side of the hill.

This was a disappointing yet interesting trip. I was upset to see the large hut was taken apart. I don’t know who did it, and I don’t even know if the Gatherers still exist. But I got to cross a scary, badly put-together bridge, and I found some sort of underground……whatever it is.

Popularity: 7% [?]

Aetna Furnace

Posted by Stu On April - 20 - 2005

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Virtually nothing is left of Aetna, or Etna, Furnace. This place, once a furnace, forge, and mill, is now nothing more than a hill with crumbling bricks on it. The dirt road leading to the furnace site is 1/4 mile in length and takes you right to the Tuckahoe River. Other than a nice short hike, there isn’t much to see here. I read in Forgotten Towns of Southern New Jersey that a 60′ tall smokestack was once part of the ruins, but it no longer exists. The furnace shut down in 1832.

Popularity: 14% [?]

Shaler Grave

Posted by Stu On March - 20 - 2005

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A lone grave sits alone not far from the infamous Indian Cabin Road. Its inscription says:

To The Memory Of
Mrs. Sibbel Shaler
Consort of the late Timothy Shaler
Who departed this life
On the 2nd Day of April 1785
In the 34th year of her age
And whose mortal remains repose
Here together with those of three
Of her infant children

There are 2 stories to go along with the grave. The more popular one claims that Mrs. Shaler was killed and scalped, along with her 3 children, by raiding Lenape. Another variation tells of a stranger seeking shelter one night. After being welcomed to stay the night, he killed everyone and ransacked the house.

There’s an odd concrete structure next to the grave, but I haven’t found out what it is yet.

Popularity: 14% [?]

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