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Parkdale's Location

Posted by Parkdale Historical Society
December 28, 2003

Parkdale is located approximately 1.5 miles south of Atsion, NJ on Route 206.

Map 1: An overview of the farm at Parkdale.

Parkdale's History

Posted by Parkdale Historical Society
January 25, 2004

Originally established in 1871 as Cranberry Park, the name changed to Parkdale around 1878. The Jersey Central Railroad Station built a station there in 1881 and retired it in 1940, having served as a mere flag stop for the town. The now out of print book The Trail of the Blue Comet, the ultimate reference on the JCRR, includes a photo of the train station from around 1910. Parkdale changed ownership several times over the years before finally being sold to the state of New Jersey and made part of the Wharton Tract. Most other history related to this isolated farming community seems to be entirely lost to history.

Parkdale in the Present

Posted by Parkdale Historical Society
April 1, 2009

Map 1, Marker #1: Concrete, brick, terra cotta, rusted metal and rotting wood litter this area.
Map 1, Marker #1: Concrete, brick, terra cotta, rusted metal and rotting wood litter this area. No structure was located here.
Map 1, Marker #1: Concrete, brick, terra cotta, rusted metal and rotting wood litter this area. Historic aerials do not show a structure here.
Map 1, Marker #2: The collapsing basement walls are all that remain of the packing house.
Map 1, Marker #2: The packing house foundation is full of broken concrete and debris.
Map 1, Marker #2: The packing hose foundation is a jumble of broken walls and supports.
Map 1, Marker #3: Debris from long gone structures lies scattered about.
Map 1, Marker #3: Debris from long gone structures lies scattered about. Historic aerials show no structure at this location.
Map 1, Marker #3: Only debris lies here. A structure was not present at this location.
Map 1, Marker #4: The last structure at Parkdale was the schoolhouse, converted to a home until fire destroyed it in the mid-1970s.
Map 1, Marker #4: The schoolhouse foundation is completely ruined.
North view of former CNJ Bridge 80 crossing over the Sleeper Branch.
South view of former CNJ Bridge 80 over the Sleeper Branch.
Looking north toward Atsion. The bridge for Fleming Pike (left) is long gone.
Marker #5: A small structure of some kind stood directly across from the schoolhouse.

Parkdale is a Lie

Posted by K. Bright
April 15, 2009

Yes, you have read that correctly! I have visited Parkdale for myself and have come to the sound conclusion that everything you may read on this page is contrary to what I have seen first hand. In fact, I have not seen a more bleak, a more boring and more depressing place in my entire life. There is nothing there at all! The only remains are a few foundations, a cellar hole, lots of brick and concrete and sand roads as thick as molasses!

If you have ever thought about visiting Parkdale, New Jersey, you should strongly reconsider. I have visited this forsaken place, described it, and spared you a great deal of anguish. Should you feel compelled by unbridled curiosity, I cannot spare you from the consequences of severe depression.

I have also discovered another chilling fact about the woods around Parkdale: they are full of trees and these trees are extremely BORING. There were no obvious redeeming or photogenic qualities about any of them. I could not even get their opinion on how they have watched Parkdale rot into oblivion for the last 70 years. Not only that, but many of these trees have become BORED TO DEATH. If the trees cannot stand Parkdale, how will you, friend?

There is beauty at Parkdale

Posted by K. Bright
May 30, 2009

I must concede that in my previous post, I totally bad-mouthed Parkdale. Yes, the advertisements and announcements are lies posted by some prankster, but Parkdale is not the desolate wasteland that I first encountered. On my second trip I have found some beauty at this forsaken place far from the main highway. You will see below what I have discovered and this includes the old town's single inhabitant. A short walk from the town's center is the place I discovered.

Map 2: This old bog is a short distance from the town center.
Map 2, Marker #1: A convenient bridge for a nature trail crosses the outflow stream.
Map 2, Marker #1: One of the most peaceful places at Parkdale.
Wild turkey, probably the town's only inhabitant.

Signing Off from Parkdale

Posted by K. Bright
April 25, 2010

I have been to Parkdale several times now and seen all there is to see. Farming activity ceased there in the 1940s and the place has become a shadow of what it once was. The CNJ railroad managed to outlive Parkdale, but not by much. Of the train depot there is no trace, not so much as a brick or a crater in the ground. The bogs and blueberry fields remain. The plant life will eventually recover from the backfire meant to stop the big Hammonton blaze in January 2009. Life will go on at Parkdale, but I will not be there again, ever.

Map 3, Marker #1: A second farm house was located not far from the long gone CNJ train depot.
Map 3, Marker #1: This is all that remains of a former farm house.
Map 3, Marker #1: This is debris from a former farm house.
Map 4: Blueberry field and cranberry bogs surround Parkdale.
Map 4, Marker #1: These were former blueberry fields, damaged by the 2009 backfire and reverting to swamp. In time this forest will recover.
Map 4, Marker #2: More blueberry fields in what is now a burnt stick forest.
Map 4, Marker #3: A bridge may have crossed the Sleeper Branch as it flows through former cranberry bogs.
Map 5: Remote cranberry bogs surround Parkdale.
Map 5, Marker #1: Someone has recently built a new bridge and cleared the berm at the opposite end of the same bog.
Map 5, Marker #1: There is much beauty, wildlife and things to observe at this isolated bog. This shot was taken from the new footbridge crossing the Sleeper Branch.

Disclaimer: This page does not represent the true historical facts about about this long lost ghost town in the Pine Barrens. It mostly represents my artistic impressions of the place.