Charles has long experience fishing, hiking, exploring, and camping in the Northeast.
Another Day Trip New Jersey Installment!
Welcome to another Day Trip New Jersey. Today we explore Historic Atsion Village on the edge of The New Jersey Pine Barrens. Photos of the area and Tips: to aid in finding this remote spot and it's fading history are included here. Upon your arrival, stop at the Rangers Station/gift shop in front of the mansion and next to Route 206 and inquire about the mansion tour TIP: (in season usually during the warmer months) and pick up some topographical maps of the area. This building is also an historic structure and was once used as a company store at the time the iron furnace was in operation. After your tour or visit to the Ranger Station, head east to the open field behind the mansion.
The Samuel Richards Mansion
Built in 1826 by Samuel Richards, the Atsion Mansion sits adjacent to what is now Route 206 just north of the dam and not far from the ruins of the Atsion Iron Furnace. The iron furnace was responsible for the growth in population because of the many jobs it generated in this remote Pine Barrens area. TIP: If you look carefully at the columns that support the porch roof of the mansion, you might notice that they are actually water pipes made at Weymouth Furnace "another historic ghost town in NJ" which was also owned by Samuel Richards. These pipes were designated for use in Philadelphia. Look closely.....They are stamped with the letter “P” .
Look carefully at the downspouts, the year that the Mansion was constructed is stamped here.
The open field behind the Mansion
Stroll through the field that surrounds the mansion and imagine what life must have been like over 100 years ago. Picture the farm fields and workers' homes, barns, and the smell of hay and livestock. This historic ghost town sits along the Quaker Bridge Road also known as the southern branch of the Old Tuckerton Stagecoach Road. Along this route, there are a few old buildings that have survived the test of time. An old schoolhouse and a Church with a cemetery are great photo opportunities as someday the ravages of time may take these structures as well.
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© 2011 Charles Kikas