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  1. Jerseyman

    Townsend clay works Wheatland

    Scroggy: You have certainly consulted the correct sources. Additional information can be gleaned from the State Geologist Annual Reports for the period as well as the 1868 encyclopedic work, Geology of New Jersey by George H. Cook. Some of the clay lens found in this part of Ocean County was...
  2. Jerseyman

    Townsend clay works Wheatland

    Very interesting photographs, Jeff! I would be very keen in viewing your discoveries in person, but it does appear you have found a site containing some of Townsend's kilns. The only historical map that provides a modicum of information on Townsend/Wheatland and its location is the 1872 Beers...
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    Townsend clay works Wheatland

    The location for the Wheatland Manufacturing Company Works (nee Townsend) is different than the Brooksbrae plant. Wheatland was a bit father north along the tracks from Brooksbrae and operate with two downdraft muffle kilns. Only two circular piles of bricks remain in situ from the kilns on very...
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    Sleeper Creek Sawmill

    Folks: In conducting research several weeks ago, I was reviewing some surveys and came across this one. Enjoy! Best regards, Jerseyman
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    The Sale of Atsion Furnace

    The Abel James house advertisement is separate and distinct from the Atsion sale notice. If you carefully read the James item, you'll learn that his house was located "five miles from Philadelphia between the Frankford Road and the Delaware River." So, it was situated over in Pennsylvania, not...
  6. Jerseyman

    Bodine's Tavern

    Pinelandpaddler: I am not aware of any published maps that feature the words "Skit mill" on it. The 1812 Watson map certainly includes a mill symbol located at the later site of Harrisville, as does Thomas Gordon's 1828 map, which Gordon labels "Hallock's" for John Hallock, the castor oil...
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    Meet Wharton State Forest Superintendent Chris Ford (Video)

    Folks: During my various research sessions into all things Pine Barrens, I have encountered word and toponym spelling that was based entirely on "ear-conditioning," rather than the conventions of modern English. With that in mind, a few of these old documents mention Atsion, but spell it as...
  8. Jerseyman

    Years Ago Today

    That oxbow and large tree both are within the bounds of "the old sawmill lands," originally a 712-acre tract dating to 1688. William Farr researched and wrote about the mill and its associated property. You can read Bill's text here:
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    You have much to be proud of there, George! Wow, they do grow up fast, don't they?! I'm glad you remain a large influence in their lives; despite their grown-up appearance, they still need you. Best regards, Jerseyman
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    The "H" is definitely for Hainesport. Best regards, Jerseyman
  11. Jerseyman

    Travel along the old stage route from philly to egg harbor?

    Brown village: There are numerous milestones around if you know where to look. There are at least two in Moorestown and then if you turn down Camden Avenue, I believe there are four or five remaining from the Camden & Moorestown Turnpike Co. If you go to Vincentown and drive in Landing Street...
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    Apple Pie Hill Tower Open Saturday

    Folks: I've been following this thread with some interest. Regarding the origin of the toponym "Apple Pie Hill," I would posit that it's sudden rise on an otherwise relatively level terrain had the appearance of an eighteenth-century apple pie. The pies of that era, unlike those of today...
  13. Jerseyman

    Hampton upper forge?

    I would say so, Bob. It's right up against the raceway. Best regards, Jerseyman
  14. Jerseyman

    Hampton upper forge?

    Here is the advertisement from January 1825 for selling the property after William Ashbridge's death: Notice that the advertisement includes a reference to sand for glassmaking. The advertisement also suggests that the waterpower could be used for purposes other than the forge. Best regards...
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    Hampton upper forge?

    Nicely prepared, Superchooch. The lack of structures on the 1872 map is not surprising. That atlas only featured roads and rail lines as cultural elements on its plates. Hence, no buildings. You did miss including the Shamong Township plate from the 1876 Buington County atlas. Here is a detail...
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    Sawmill Locations

    I would think German knows, if anyone. Best regards, Jerseyman
  17. Jerseyman

    Hampton Gate Hotel

    I would think it is a wooden gate that "guarded" the entrance road to Hampton. I don't believe it is a sluice gate, although anything is possible. PP is hot on the trail; let's see what his research reveals. Best regards, Jerseyman
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    Hampton Gate Hotel

    Folks: If you read through the old Road Return books at the county clerk's office, you'll find that people's "gates" to their property served as regular landmarks. The designated surveyors would identify these gates within their written description of a road return and they would be labeled on...
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    Trail of the Blue Comet

    If any members want to acquire a copy of The Trail of the Blue Comet, this is a very fair price as a Buy-it-Now...
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    Capewell Glass Negative Collection

    Teegate: I concur with your assessment of some trick photography in the top image above. If you look at it, there an overlay of a second negative covering about the top third of the image. If you blow the image up, you can see the microchips in the glass along the bottom of the overlaid...