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The Cranberry Packing House Ruins

The Cranberry Packing House ruins at Hampton Furnace are not part of the iron blast furnace as one might suspect. On the contrary, very few iron blast furnaces survive in southern New Jersey. The buildings at this long forgotten site are from the subsequent cranberry operations which replaced the blast furnace in the 1880s.

August 24 and 26, 2008

Upon coming to the sharp bend in the road, one cannot miss the overgrown remains of a stone building. Aside from a few other foundations at Hampton Furnace, these are the only substantial ruins at the site.

Rear view of the cranberry packing house ruins.
Front view of the overgrown cranberry packing house ruins.
A short road encircles the ruins.
This small pond sits between the ruins and the Batsto River.
Downstream view of the bridge crossing the Batsto River.
A better shot of the remaining ruins.
A chimney at the rear of the ruins.
These charcoal mounds next to the ruins are from the iron furnace.
Slag litters the road encircling the ruins.
The Hampton Road sign high up on a tree declares this dirt road is marked, interesting because most of them are NOT.

January 1, 2009

An unexpected trip to the Pine Barrens on a frigid New Year's day took me to Hampton Furnace. My search for the remains of the past was rewarded with a few new discoveries.

My first discovery was this pile of slag not far from the greenish pond by the bridge.
The greenish color of this pond remains constant year round.
Part of the iron slag pile buried beneath pine needles..
Another close-up of the iron slag pile.
This is the grassy field behind the cranberry packing house ruins.
A stone floor still exists in the ruins of the cranberry packing house.
The base of an interior wall with rebar sticking out of it.
A winter view of the cranberry packing house ruins.

January 22, 2011

A recent posting on njpinbarrens.com shows two 1946 photos of the Clayberger & Goodrich cranberry packing house. The photos were sent in by Daryl Goodrich, a descendent of Charles Wilkinson who bought the cranberry operation from Andrew Rider. The farm was known as Hampton Park until the State of New Jersey condemned the property and took it from the family. The building was likely torched some time afterward. One would not have imagined what it looked like without these photos.

See The Cranberry Packing House At Hampton Park