The Farm Building Ruins
The grassy field at Hampton Furnace contains a number of foundations and at least one deep cellar hole. Most of them are easily obscured in the tall summer growth.
August 31, 2008
From what I have been able to gather from the online Pine Barrens related forums, the last inhabitants of the Hampton Furnace area were workers of the once thriving cranberry industry. Aside from the cranberry packing warehouse, most of the foundations in the field use cinder block. These building were used up until the mid-1950s when cranberry operations ceased here. The land was purchased by the State of New Jersey purchased the entire area, making it part of the Wharton Tract.
November 22, 2008
At risk from severe chigger bites, I waited until November to seek out some of the larger foundations hiding deep in the meadow grass. There were a few other surprises out in the field as well.
February 28, 2009
Winter at Hampton Furnace turned out to be as dreary as the November trip. The main surprise was the controlled burn that had clearly exposed all of the foundations in the field, even one I had never seen before. The outlines and former functions of all the buildings began to be clearer. This must have been a pleasant place to work at one time.
Compare the present day foundations with this 1940 aerial photo.