We took a day hike into the Pine Barrens in South Jersey. We found a lot of what we expected…sand, streams and wildlife. But then we found this old tower. It appears to have an oven of sorts in it that had been modified over time. Below is an explanation from Wikipedia.
During colonial times, the Pine Barrens was home to various industries. Bog iron was mined from bogs, streams, and waterways, and was worked in furnaces at Batsto, Lake Atsion, Ferrago, Hanover, and several other locations. Iron from these early furnaces was instrumental in supplying the American military with weapons and camp tools during the American Revolution and the War of 1812 and the Second Barbary War. The bog iron industry fell off in the mid-19th century when iron ore could be mined more cheaply in Pennsylvania. Other industries such as paper mills, sawmills, and gristmills rose and fell throughout the years. Smaller industries such as charcoal-making and glass making also were attempted and met with varying degrees of success.
I was going to guess iron furnace. We’d occasionally find these in western Pennsylvania, where I grew up. Interesting artifacts. Jack
Thanks for the comment Jack.
It is always good to learn about long ago areas.Sometimes it opens our eyes to the past by leaving small traces of past gone by ,especially in the Pine Barrens..there are numerous stories to be told. The nature walks along the water ways,pines and sometimes you’ll find really nice white sand…traces of the past
I wonder how many relics of our current industries will be around in 200 or so years time? Will they look so interesting to us? I have my doubts. Great find and what history attached to it!
Interesting thought. Thanks!
Off topic – I recall our emails earlier this year … and you seem to be doing well. Happy New Year to you and yours!
Thanks Frank. Happy New Year to you as well!
How interesting! I grew up in south Jersey, but never spent much time in the Pine Barrens (other than going through them on the way to the shore). One of the things on my list of things to do is to hike in the Pine Barrens so I can see what I missed.
A lot of places to go, but try the Batona Trail. Have a Happy New Year Robin!
I love the Pine Barrons… I’ve found several little enclaves like Brooksbrae and an aquaduct. Awesome, endless places to explore.
Thanks for the comment Dawn!