We leave the dinner and head south crossing the park as shown on the map. I didn't have a chance to take any pictures but I promise I will ride alone through the park one of these days and will take lots of pictures. Our first stop was at the Batsto Village, a historic site located in Wharton State Forest in the south central Pine Barrens, and a part of the Pinelands National Reserve. I had no idea the place even existed, so thanks to Wayne for taking me there.
A little history:
In 1766, Charles Read, a well-known ironmaster, built the Batsto Iron Works along the Batsto River on the site of the future village. The area had an abundance of bog ore which could be mined from the area's streams and rivers, and wood from the area's forests was harvested for charcoal for smelting the ore. The rivers, despite their modest drop, were also harnessed for iron making.
In 1773, John Cox bought the Iron Works, which produced cooking pots, kettles, and other household items. Batsto manufactured supplies for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.
Read more here: Wikipedia
The Batsto Village has over forty structures including the Batsto mansion, a sawmill, a 19th century ore boat, a charcoal kiln, a carriage house and stable, a blacksmith and wheelwright shop.
|Back of the Batsto Mansion|
|The Batsto Mansion|
The Post Office is still in operation, and collectors have stamps hand-cancelled, with no zip code.
I walk around the village visiting some of the open buildings and admiring how hard life must have been back then. No electricity, no TV, no "internet", oh my goodness, what did people do at night?
The corn sheller and corncrib, I don't even know what they mean, where's the supermarket? (sarcastic smile here)
|Corncrib housing the corn sheller|
Some of the other buildings, all very well maintained.
One last picture before I leave the village, the rest of the group was anxious, this was supposed to be a ride and not a sight seeing tour, but I love to take pictures and share with my fellow national and international readers.
We continue south and make the next stop at the L's Restaurant and J Bones Tavern for a quick lunch. The Burgers were good and the atmosphere was friendly. I will be back.
|Four Triumphs and a lone Kawasaki Concours|
At this point some of the riders decided to break up and head home, it was left to Wayne and myself to continue the ride in South Jersey. We head towards Egg Harbor City and make our next stop at the Renault Winery. I had no idea we had one of the oldest winery in the country, I was amazed that my good friend Wayne knew about it, makes me wonder how he knows these places.
Nearly a century and a half old, Renault Winery is a recognized New Jersey State Historical site and one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the United States.
The place is also a resort with a couple of restaurants, a golf course and the Tuscany House Hotel.
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At this point it was getting late and I had told my mom I would stop by her house. As we were about to leave I spot the turtle sign on the lonely road leading to the fishing village. Interesting, how come the turtles only cross the road from May through August? must be another New Jersey mystery just like the Jersey Devil.
I had dinner at my mom's house and then headed home covering a little over 200 miles. So much to see, so little time.