Ted, where exactly was the reservoir and sluice gate?The outstanding historian Arthur Pierce erroneously speculated that there was a formal entrance gate to the furnace tract at the site of Hampton Gate. What was here was a water gate or sluice gate (not a gate blocking the road) that backed up a huge pond or reservoir above the Tuckerton Road that served as an auxiliary, emergency, water supply to power the furnace wheel a substantial distance downstream.
Ted,As for the canal much further downstream that shows on the 1930 aerial, I must remind you that numerous activities took place during the past 250 years along the Wading River in the segment below old Evans Bridge and the town of Wading River.
I suspect, that the canal may have been constructed to enhance the water supply of the cranberry bogs a considerable distance downstream.
Yes, there are pilings a plenty still to be seen, even with high water levels. Please let me know when you're able to explore some of these sites.Gabe,
As I had mentioned earlier, when I first explored the site I had no doubt that this was once a mill site. I don't suppose that you were still able to see a piling or two. Perhaps we can team up later this year to further investigate a couple of sites of mutual interest.
Lost Town Hunter
Lost Town Hunter:Gabe,
I'd like to answer your question (in the absence of a response from Jerseyman) pertaining to the source of the information
that Isaac Potts constructed his Slitting Mill on the East Branch (Oswego) on the site of Evi Balangee's saw mill of ca. 1760. That information occurs on page 1918 of K. Braddock-Rogers' "Fragments of Early Industries in South Jersey."
Lost Town Hunter