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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.

Looking north across the field in late summer.
Foundations near the road on the field's south end.
Foundations near the road on the field's south end.
Foundations near the road on the field's south end.
The manager's house cellar hole is filled with brackish water.
The manager's house foundation next to the road.
The manager's house foundation next to the road.
     

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.

Debris pile near the irrigation ditch.
This looks like the foundation of an equipment shed..
The cellar hole along the road was probably the manager's house.
A view of the open field.
Route 206 is three miles down that road.

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.

A controlled burn has removed all of the obscuring grass.
This was the site of a second house.
A sidewalk leading to the structure is clearly visible.
Debris behind the second house's foundation.
Closeup of debris behind the second house's foundation.
The outline of what must have been an equipment shed became visible without the high grass.
This foundation sits almost directly behind the house near the road. I had not previously seen this foundation.
With this previously hidden foundation, the number of significant structures in the field totals four.
The house's cellar hole is filled with water.
This debris pile lies behind the equipment shed.
A water pipe of some kind.
Concrete slabs and bits lie in the field.
     

Compare the present day foundations with this 1940 aerial photo.

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