American Elm tree at Friendship
The Town of Friendship
This satellite view shows the approximate location of each of the foundations. The numbering is purely arbitrary and represents the order in which I photographed them. I have seen very little documention on what type of structures resided there, beyond the ones that I have mentioned.
The stream at the top of the photo is the Featherbed Branch, one of two streams that fed water to the bogs. Carranza Road crosses this stream and ends at Friendship.
This is the largest foundation at Friendship, measuring approximately 120 x 50 feet. According to historical records this was the cranberry packing house. The stonework is iron-impregnated sandstone that came from the bogs. The State has placed a metal guardrail (not visible in foreground of first photo) in front of this cellar hole to prevent ATVs and other vehicles from riding in and out of the remains. While some have complained about it ruining the beauty of the place, it was necessary to prevent further erosion of the site. The State of New Jersey has done little else to preserve Frienship's history. The are no signs or markers of any type to note that anyone even lived there.
The house that stood here was known as
the bungalo and was the last remaining structure in Friendship. After the family moved away in the mid-1970s it was destroyed, possibly by arson.
Heart of the Pines has a good photo of this site taken in 1996.
The third cellar hole was partially intact. A support column lies toppled in the center of the hole. According to Heart of the Pines this was the location of the general store. There is visible degradation between these photos and the 1996 photo in that book.
The fourth foundation was possibly the company office. I like to think of this one as a poster photo for this lost town.
The fifth foundation was on the other side of the road and was larger than the 2nd, 3rd and 4th foundations that I had located. Interestingly enough the few times I had driven by this lost town, I had never noticed the two foundations on the other side of the road.
The seventh foundation faces Friendship-Speedwell Road and was little more than a collapsing hole. The cellar was under only part of the structure as can be seen from the steps in the third photo.
The eight foundation also faces Friendship-Speedwell Road and was barely visible in the high grass. This may have been the site of Friendship School, as it is the only foundation that approximates the little structure that now sits in Tabernacle. See the page on Friendship School here.
A porch step is all that remains of the Manager's House. It faces East Sandy Ridge Road at an angle. Foundations #5 and #6 are off to the right on the side road. I was surprised to see that any photos of Friendship even still exist. I am not sure who took this photo and when.
A short way down East Sandy Ridge Road, past the ruins of the cranberry packing house, lie two more foundations, piles of broken bricks, and corrugated siding from an outbuilding. These remains were surprisingly close to the road, yet hidden from sight by the summer growth.