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High Point

Posted by Stu On November - 27 - 2008

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Not really a whole lot to say about this one. This is the highest point in New Jersey, and to celebrate this fact, they built a large phallus on it. High Point is 1,803 feet above sea level, and the tower is an additional 220 feet. Unfortunately, the tower was closed the day we visited.

I actually attempted to visit this place quite a number of years ago. As we pulled up, the rangers closed the park right in front of us because a thunderstorm was rolling in.

Quite possibly one of the most strangely worded gift shop signs I’ve ever seen:

Popularity: 33% [?]

Space Farms Zoo & Museum

Posted by Stu On November - 27 - 2008

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It’s a zoo! It’s a museum! Lemurs. Bears. Leopards. Kangaroos. Coffins. Indian artifacts. Preserved animal embryos. Old cars. Throw together Popcorn Park Zoo with the Shelburne Museum, add a pinch of the Mutter Museum, and you get something like Space Farms.

Most of the property is a zoo, but there are a few buildings off to the side of the zoo with random collections of just about everything imaginable. The building at the entrance, perhaps the most bizarre, is home to Goliath, the largest bear on record. Goliath lived in the zoo until his death and now greets visitors through the wonders of taxidermy. His skull is also on display.

Above him are many, many trophy heads.

The upper level of this building has all sorts of strange things on display.

Some stuffed minks and a phonograph. Why not?

To go anywhere beyond this building requires a small admission fee. Directly outside is the beginning of the zoo. There are quite a few animals, many I’ve never seen in other zoos. Again, like the Popcorn Park Zoo pics, there were often 2 fences between me and the critters. So if the pics are too “fency” for you, I apologize.

There are quite a few more animals than shown here.
One thing I will say is that many of the animals’ cages are pretty sparse. Most of the critters appeared to be very bored and had no toys or anything to do. Some really need bigger areas; that poor serval up there had nothing to do but pace back and forth in its tiny cage, while the deer have acres and acres to themselves.
Seriously, why do all the zoos I visit have so many damn deer? I think deer are the most boring animal to put in a zoo; even goats are more interesting. Even as a kid and going to Popcorn Park, all the deer they had pissed me off. I see plenty of them in the Pine Barrens and Poconos, and I currently have a family of them that walk through my backyard daily; I don’t need to pay to see them. I don’t care if these deer are Asian; they’re still boring ass deer.

…anyway, at one end of the property are several buildings that serve as small museums. Some have a specific theme, while others just have very, very random stuff displayed.

Old horse-drawn sleighs

Old horse-drawn glass hearse

One building is nothing but old vehicles.

One room displaying glow-in-the-dark rocks is lit only by blacklights.



One building is nothing but vintage toys that make me thankful I had He-Man, Ghostbusters, and X-Men figures growing up.

This eagle statue once sat on top of Grand Central Station.

All in all, the Space Farms is one-of-a-kind, and the few things I’m showing here don’t do the place justice. There really is a lot to see, and I attempted to give a somewhat thorough yet brief summary of it.
For directions and all that jazz, check the official site.

Double fail.

Popularity: 45% [?]

Peters Valley and Thunder Mountain School

Posted by Stu On June - 27 - 2008

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Located just a few miles north Walpack is the area known as Peter’s Valley. Like Walpack, much of the area was forced to vacate when a reservoir was to have been built. While some developments and buildings were revived or put to different uses (such as the Craft Center), many in the area are still abandoned. It’s a shame too; there are some beautiful houses in the area.

Also in the area is a place called Thunder Mountain School, though it looks like it was more of a camp than a school. There is next to no information about it.

Popularity: 31% [?]

Stokes House 2004

Posted by Stu On October - 20 - 2004

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Original Visit April 2003

This is why I don’t give out directions.

I can’t believe what’s happened to the place since the last time I was there. Nearly every window has been broken. It looked like people tried setting fires inside in more than one spot. The shape of the place disgusted me…I didn’t take too many photos.

Popularity: 9% [?]

Waterloo Village

Posted by Stu On September - 20 - 2004

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History buffs will love this place. Waterloo was a canal town in its heyday. Most of the buildings have been restored, and like many of the other towns in state parks, people reenact the crafts & dress of the time period. The buildings are from the 1700’s & 1800’s; many you can go inside. There’s a blacksmith, sawmill, gristmill, tavern, etc…

Also in the village is a reconstructed Lenape village, which has a tour about every hour. The guides and tour are very informative. I was amazed how many people in my group didn’t know a single thing about the Lenape.

Some Lenape Village pics:

All in all, Waterloo’s a great place to just walk around and relax. It’s very spread out and tranquil.

There’s an admission fee which varies depending on the time of year and any events taking place there.

For more info, go to Waterloo’s site.

Popularity: 22% [?]

Stokes House 2003

Posted by Stu On April - 20 - 2003

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Not far from the ravine, cemetery, & Walpack Center is an abandoned house. I walked by it back in October or November, but there were 2 carloads of old people walking around and going inside. I figured someone had bought the house, or they were fixing it up. This wasn’t the case, apparently.

The first 2 floors were pretty cool. The 2nd floor made me feel like I was in an abandoned asylum or something….the place was just quiet, with each room having a single chair in it. I don’t know who painted the house, but they were colorblind.

And as always, the basement was fun.

Popularity: 9% [?]

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