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Allaire Village

Posted by Stu On February - 20 - 2004

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Allaire was the home of Howell Ironworks from the early to mid 1800’s. Once it was realized coal from Pennsylvania was more practical than bog iron, Allaire, along with other bog iron towns in central & southern NJ, eventually became a ghost town.

Most of the buildings still stand, and some are used for reenacting the townlife as it was in the 1800’s. There’s a blacksmith shop and a general store, among other things.


Rowhouses of the former workers are now a visitor’s center.

The bit of wall behind the sign is all that’s left of the former charcoal depot. Some of the structures have signs by them that showed how they looked back in the 1800’s.


Remains of the slaughterhouse


The blacksmith shop


The blast furnace, from the charcoal depot and up front

The church. This one’s unusual because the belltower is in the back instead of the front. The front of the building couldn’t support the weight.

I never noticed Allaire has a train station. We walked around there a bit and saw they had many defunct trains & parts scattered about. Some looked like they were being fixed up.

Popularity: 9% [?]

Whitesbog Village

Posted by Stu On February - 20 - 2004

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Whitesbog was founded around 1870 and produced a blueberries & cranberries well into the 20th century. The town is surprisingly well-preserved. The general store even has an old soda machine in front of it.
We did manage to find some remains of a building in the woods. And for whatever reason, there was also some kind of hut or shelter by itself on the edge of the town.

Popularity: 8% [?]

Batsto

Posted by Stu On February - 20 - 2004

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In Wharton State Forest is another restored town, Batsto. Batsto was a bog iron & glassmaking town from the 1760’s to the 1860’s. There are 33 buildings total, many of which you’re allowed to enter.

And yes, parts of that craptacular movie The Thirteenth Child were filmed here.

Down the road a bit from the town is the church & cemetery. Nothing spectacular, but there were a few stones that stood out.


I liked this one because it just said “Our Mother”…..had no name on it.

Popularity: 7% [?]

Walpack Center

Posted by Stu On May - 2 - 2002

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Photos by Stu (2002-03) and John (2005)

Walpack's empty post office

Walpack is a town that was abandoned in the 60’s when the government bought it. They bought many small towns near the Delaware Water Gap and kicked everyone out because they were planning to create a new reservoir. Well, it never happened, so Walpack’s just been sitting there. Or so we thought. On one of my trips there, I found out one family lives there. I interviewed the kid living there and found out the town hadn’t been completely abandoned for about 12 years. His dad was a park ranger, and since it’s government land and he was a government worker, he lived there for free. The family has since moved.
I’m guessing some of the people in the ravine graveyard were residents of Walpack. I don’t know how old the town is, but some of the gravestones are from the early 1800’s. The town is very tiny, with maybe 7 or 8 buildings, all of which are the same eerie shade of white. There’s a church, town hall, gas station, post office, and a few houses. The kid I talked to said there are more houses in the woods, but he wouldn’t say where.

We’ve noticed over the years they’ve slowly been working on the place. Last time I went, the town hall was getting repainted. One building serves as a museum during the warmer months, and another seems to be some sort of park office.

Walpack's empty post office Walpack's empty post office

Walpack's empty post office

Walpack's empty post office

Walpack's empty post office

Walpack's empty post office

Walpack's empty post office

Walpack's empty post office

Popularity: 5% [?]

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