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    Various From Today

    That would be great, Guy! The spung name a little further east across Drivers Branch provides a window to the original landscape—Desolation Pond! Today's Hammonton Branch was once called Long Meadow Branch, attested by the "meadow land" on the Clement survey. I envision this to have been...
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    Various From Today

    Guy, That's the repaired Cedar Branch bridge of Old Forks Road, in extant by 1761. The white stone building in the background is by ~1800 a tavern owned by Shoemaker, although it is potentially older. There was another tavern (Cains) about 5 miles to the SW on this road where it crossed today's...
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    Storm

    Guy, Your tree looks like a callery pear, maybe even a Bradford. That tree-type (esp. Bradford) has an inherent branch defect that cause them to self-destruct after 20 or 30 years. Branches arise in tightly packed pairs or clusters, and so are poorly joined to the trunk in co-dominance. Two...
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    Exploring Today

    It sure looks like Phragmites to me too, which arrived here in western Atlantic County over the last decade. The foothold seems to be power-line right-of-ways where service roads are crossed. My hunch is that seeds might be hitch-hiking on maintenance equipment. Twenty years ago Phragmites...
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    Garden 2020

    Gotta have squash latkes (pancakes)! Levari's Farm Market still has large tobacco plants. Jimmie might even know the cultivar name. The old farmhouse (c. 1817) there is timber-framed, and once served as a charcoal station by the Abbotts. That stretch of US Route 40 was laid out in 1817, and the...
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    Garden 2020

    Here's eight weeks of progress on the sandpile: It’s been a pretty good year for cool-season crops. Broccoli Raab is finished, as are the first crops of lettuce, parsley, radish, choy sum, and cilantro. Pine voles got three romaine heads, and Blue (the duck) gobbled two butterheads before I...
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    Garden 2020

    Wow, those are tiny seedlings. Will Brightleaf or Burley make a serviceable ornamental? I remember seeing tobacco used as a large bedding plant at comfort centers Down South. Their piercingly sweet evening blooms were downright narcotic.
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    Russo's Market

    I have to put a good word in for Bagliani's Market in Hammonton. I was there last week and the place was well stocked, their quality exceptional, and the service staff great. Ciou!
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    Garden 2020

    R-F350, Tobacco was grown on a commercial scale here in the Roaring Twenties. During World War I, Walker (of Walkers Forge) partnered with Decker to form the 20,000-acre Waldeck (Walker-Decker) Farms Company between Richland, Milmay, and Buena. The intent was to grow a domestic source of...
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    The Sale of Atsion Furnace

    Wildland, Cains, if memory serves, are associated with Ilifftown Plantation (c.1735) on Babcock Creek adjacent to Mays Landing. Cains first worked a mill above Mays Landing, and moved to Collings Lakes in search of new timber stands. The works that broach on the early Cain history are on loan...
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    Garden 2020

    OJG, If amended, sandy soils are some of the most productive soils in the world. The first thing to do is get a soil test kit at the local Cooperative Extension office for accurate lab results. Normally at this point I would rant and rave how great alfalfa meal is as a topdressing. However, the...
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    Garden 2020

    How does the garden grow? Winter was incredibly warm this year, and we were able to pretty much continuously harvest crops. We're about two weeks ahead of schedule here as far as planting goes. A. Collards (front) and Chinese mustard greens (specifically Serifon, back) are still providing...
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    The Sale of Atsion Furnace

    There is a bit of confusion between three Hammonton-area places associated with the Chew family. The location you are thinking of, Chewtown, is not the twelve-hundred-acre Weymouth Tract Exception D (Gloucester County, in Book D.3, page 224, &c). Weymouth Farm and Agricultural Company, 1856...
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    The Sale of Atsion Furnace

    W, Sorry for the slow reply. Like much of the Pine Barrens, the early history of Folsom is difficult to figure out. Two excellent books are must reads, taking us from the 1840s settlement by Germans on the edge of Weymouth Furnace lands. Chalmers, K.H., 1951: Down the Long-a-Coming...
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    New Acquisition

    Ironstone was a poor-quality ore that was used in last resort. It had to be broken up first in the stamping mill, and was higher in silica than other bog or meadow ore forms. As I understand, the use-preference hierarchy—best to worst—was iron scum to loam ore (mud) to seed ore (scale–pebble...
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