There’s a mansion in the pines!

I took these shots when I was hiking in Atsion.  This is Samuel Richard’s Mansion.  Quoted from the website:    http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html

“The Atsion Mansion was built in 1826 as a summer home for Samuel Richards. Richards, who a prominent ironmaster from Philadelphia, was the operator of the Atsion furnace along the Mullica River. After Richards died in 1842, the property was passed down through his heirs, and finally sold to another Philadelphia merchant, Maurice Raleigh. The Raleigh family was the last to use the mansion as a residence. When Joseph Wharton purchased the property in 1892, he used the mansion for packing and storage for his cranberry production. The state acquired the property in 1955.”

Samuel Richard’s Mansion

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4 thoughts on “There’s a mansion in the pines!

    • It’s always fun to find out how, when and why some of these old buildings were put there in the first place. More interesting sometimes is to discover how and why these old towns are no longer relevant.

  1. The main house is way too nice to store cranberries in! Is the third shot another building in the town? If so, interesting to see the comparison between it and the renovated and obviously still cared for mansion.

    • I agree. The third shot is a structure directly behind the mansion on the same property. I guess the house was taken care of while the other building was not taken care of before renovations took place and could not be saved.

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