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.
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.
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.