Places of Interest

glass-makingBatsto Village
This historic site traces two centuries of American history in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Scenically located along the Batsto River; at one time, this was a working bog iron furnace and glass making factory. It was built by Charles Read in 1766 and is presently administered by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Parks & Forestry. The original mansion, several workers’ cottages, the grist mill and other buildings can be seen, along with samples of actual bog iron and an original bog iron boat. Click here for more information, tours and events.

 

 

Double Trouble State Park & Historic Village
Located on the eastern edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, Double Trouble Village provides a window into Pine Barrens industry with a complete company town, a sawmill, and a cranberry sorting and packing house. The Double Trouble Historic District occupies over 200 acres and includes the village and surrounding bogs. The natural environment of cedar forest and rapidly flowing stream provided both raw materials and water power for an extensive lumber industry from the 1700s to the 1900s.

 

Albert Music Hall
It was over three decades ago, deep in the woods of Waretown, NJ, that the Pinelands Cultural Society (PCS) found its roots.  Every Saturday night, in Joe and George Albert’s small, secluded deer cabin in the Waretown pinelands, a handful of musicians would gather to pick and sing until the wee hours of Sunday morning. Fiddle player George Albert died and Joe Albert, still living in the cabin, was finding it hard to handle the growing crowds with the accompanying problems. And so it was…the music stopped at the “Home Place”.  The visitors missed it. Joe missed it, but no one missed it more than the musicians. After a lapse of six months or so, a few pickin’ pineys decided to do something about it. The Pinelands Cultural Society (PCS), formed around the original few from the “Home Place”, was the outcome of this venture.  Today there are hundreds of musicians who have been a part of the “Sounds of the Jersey Pines”. Acoustic instruments such as fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, dobros, upright basses, dulcimers, spoons, and wash tub bass, played by musicians from the tri-state area, convey the history and special magic of the music. Performing groups typically change every 30 minutes.

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
Watch world class glass art created in the Glass Studio. Tour the Museum of American Glass with its notable collection. Walk through the Craft Studios and see skilled artists at work. Browse through the finest selection of handcrafted gift items in our wonderful museum stores. A variety of special events, exhibitions and educational programs are offered throughout the year.

 

 

 

Jakes Branch County Park
The newest addition to the county parks, Jakes boosts a 5-story observation deck which affords a birds eye view above the treetops of the Pine Barrens in all directions. On a clear day, you can see Hanger One, where the Hindenburg exploded at the Lakehurst Naval Station. Inside the visitor’s center, you can hear a recorded transmission of a forest fire call and explore a number of hands-on exhibits for young and old alike. There are also several well-marked trails, ponds, picnic and playground areas.

 

Forest Resource Education Center

The Forest Resource Education Center (FREC) provides free environmental education programs to groups of all ages. The FREC teaches forest stewardship at the Fall Forestry Festival and other special events to families, girl scouts, and boy scouts. FREC includes an Interpretive Center for environmental education and the New Jersey State Forest Nursery which grows seedlings for reforestation.

 

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

Elizabeth and James Woodford founded Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in 1957, on land they purchased in 1951 in what was then the wilds of Medford, New Jersey. Over the next 40 years they devoted their lives to Pinelands preservation, environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. Betty became an expert botanist, naturalist, nature photographer and wildlife rehabilitator. She was renowned for her Pinelands education programs. In 1997 the Woodford’s dream was realized when a Green Acres grant preserved Cedar Run’s land and buildings for future generations.

forsythEdwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, where more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats are actively protected and managed for migratory birds, is one of more than 500 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat and represents the most comprehensive wildlife resource management program in the world. Units of the system stretch across the United States from northern Alaska to the Florida Keys, and include small islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific. New Jersey coastal wetlands have long been the preferred habitat of large numbers of Atlantic brant and the American black duck — a species which has suffered major population declines over the years. While the refuge’s primary concern is to meet the habitat needs of these two species, we manage refuge habitats to support a wide variety of water birds and other wildlife. Special emphasis is also placed on protection and habitat management for the endangered and threatened bird species which nest here. More than 80 percent of Forsythe Refuge is tidal salt meadow and marsh, interspersed with shallow coves and bays. These are important resting and feeding habitats, as abundant marsh plants provide food and cover for water birds and other wildlife. The quiet tidal waters serve as nurseries, spawning and feeding grounds for fish and shellfish which are important in the diets of many wildlife species — and of people!

 

Steelmantown Cemetery

Steelmantown originated in the early 1700s. In 1842, Hezekiah Creamer sold land for the purposes of erecting a schoolhouse, church and cemetery. The original Steelman/Creamer burial ground is now Steelmantown Cemetery. It is a completely “green” cemetery, using only natural burying methods. It is the only cemetery in New Jersey certified and approved by the Green Burial Council as a Level 3 Natural Burial Ground and one of 12 in the country. Surrounded by massive oak, cedar and pine trees, running alongside natural cedar bogs and surrounded by 100’s of acres of the Belleplain State Forest, it is natural burial at its best. Natural burial allows your body and soul to entwine with all the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer as there is no embalming fluid or concrete vaults. They offer burial shrouds, pine and wicker caskets, natural stone markers and hand dug burial sites.