The Nearby Woods
Not to be overshadowed by the cranberry packing house ruins at Hampton Furnace, other interesting attractions may be found by careful observer.
August 24 and 26, 2008
While wondering around the grassy field and woods, I noticed past evidence of things now long disused. For example, Hampton Road crosses a dry irrigation canal just as you make a sharp left at the grassy field. On the right side in the woods past the bridge are two concrete pipes, concrete slabs and what appears to be a well. I hope to discover more artifacts on future trips to the site.
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 grassy field, even one I had never seen before. The outlines and former functions of all the buildings began to be clearer. I also managed to locate additional footings near the Batsto River and the third concrete pipe section.
As much as a controlled burn destroys vegetation, it is a useful process in forest management that removes dead plant matter that could otherwise fuel a major forest fire. Controlled burns are done annually in New Jersey state forests.