A "town" NOBODY knows about....except me.

Discussion in 'Ghost Towns and Forgotten Places' started by Stu, Sep 18, 2004.

  1. Stu

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    This isn't exactly a ghost town...it's still populated. I wasn't sure where to post this....but this is the closest thing to it. AND it's in the Pines, so I believe it fits here.

    I have stumbled upon a group of people who live in the woods.....in downtown Toms River. And I mean in tents. They've cleared their own trails to connect their homes. Nobody knows they're there either, which I find fascinating.

    "The Village"
     
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    Be careful going there. They seem like they don't want to be found.

    Check the place out again in the winter.


    Guy
     
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    There used to be one of the homeless towns in the woods at the route 37 exit of the parkway in Toms River. You know how the off-ramp usually creates a patch of woods in between it and the parkway? They would hang out at the shopping center where Staples is.

    The town got wise and cut all the underbrush out and trimmed the trees so they would be seen. I always kind of resented that, them pushing those people out of there like that.

    Of course, if were in my backyard.....

    :|
     
  4. Lorun

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    Interesting,

    Did you talk with any of them? How long do you think they have been their?
     
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    Very interesting. You are seeing these sites by day and there is no one there (or is there?) makes me think that these people are out working. The 2 shirts I saw hanging in the picture sure look like work type shirts. Guy is right, be careful, I'm sure they want to be left alone.

    Steve

    PS. If you do run into them and they speak an Arab language you might want to notify the authorities.........really.
     
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    If they are not there in the winter, one would think that they follow the weather. At first I thought maybe migrant workers, but Steve noticing the shirt put some doubts on that. But they still may try to pick up a lady or two now and then, so I still might be correct :)

    Guy
     
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    I LOL'd at that.
     
  8. Stu

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    I see them walk out of there from time to time, but I've made sure every time I go back there that nobody's there. They ride their bikes to work, and one of them has a church bus.....dunno what they do with that though.

    No, they're not Arabic. :prop:

    I've been wanting to talk with them but have no idea how to initiate. Plus I don't know what their intentions are; are they just poor? Drug dealers? You never know.

    As for how long they've been there....few months maybe. I've been at this job for over a year, and we've only been seeing them come & go for 2 or 3 months.

    The thing I really wanna ask them: What are they going to do in the winter?
     
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    They better move or hibernate.

    Guy
     
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    Buy some better tents & sleeping bags from Pine Barrens Outdoor Outfitters! :guinness:
     
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    maybe they are doing a field research study on chiggers :bath: :bath:
     
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    The church bus really threw me off; I thought originally it was a church group that was doing wilderness survival...but that's definitely not the case.
     
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    I am with Foo Foo on this one .
    I think we'll be seeing a new Deep Woods Off commercial come spring starring tent people with raw ankles.
    :p
     
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    woods people

    these people are a group who believe we should leave our houses and live in the woods they use the wood tepee as a classroom to teach wilderness skills ect.. i understand they are quite friendly. the town knows about them and has no problems with them. I think there is a article in weird nj about them they have a website but i cant remember what the address is.
     
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    You're thinking of The Gatherers. I've been to their meeting place, and I don't really think this is the same group.

    The Gatherers wouldn't spraypaint their tents camo or use a propane grill.

    Or not bury their poop.
     
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    From todays Asbury Park Press:

     
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    That's pretty messed up, but that's not my lil' bunch.....most of them have moved away anyhow.
     
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