It's been said there are more ghost towns in Southern
New Jersey than in all of the Old West.
To many they are just unfamiliar names on
a map. towns they have never heard of before,
connected by what look to be back roads. These sugar sand roads were once
major throughfares between towns like
Mount, Quakerbridge, Atsion and Batsto. These towns were important
industrial centers, and are now mere points on a map in the One million
acres in New Jersey known as the Pine Barrens.
"I never knew all that was out there. Incredible."
As this video takes
you on a exploration of the history of the Pines you
won't find Paulie Walnuts, Christopher Moltisante or any other of the cast of the Sopranos. you will learn though about the ecology of the Pine Barrens and why it was a natural convergence of
everything needed to make iron.
Explore the mystery and
history of the pines, without getting lost in the woods. No Jersey Devil to
worry about here! You'll learn about the ecology of the Pine
Barrens and why it was perfectly suited for an industry that
helped forge this nation. You'll learn about the men who founded these towns, and how that iron industry fit into the history of
the fledgling nation. Travel the back roads and see how these towns were
connected, not just by stage coach routes, but by strong family ties. Learn
about the myths and legends of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
You'll also learn how one of these ironmasters
had a very famous customer, and how that work of iron is still used today.
".... it was extremely well done. We were mesmerized by the
constant flow of information that was all presented in an entertaining
manner. What surprised me most was that even though it’s in a documentary
format it managed to keep the attention of my almost five year-old daughter
for 45 minutes (not counting the popcorn making time). We’ve been visiting
that area for many years and even have been at one of the towns (Batsto
Village), but were totally unaware of the significance of the area from a
historical perspective and even the scope of activity that once went on in
that region." - Lee Szwast.
Lost Towns of the Pine Barrens,
Vol. I received the Prestigious
2006 Aegis Award in the documentary category.
THE ONLY VIDEO OF ITS KIND!!!
today. It was interesting and informative. I see it in every library in
every school in the State.It is cross curricular
meaning it will be good as an ecological/earth science or historical video.
Good luck and nice job! "- Bill Waldron, High
School Science teacher.
Here's what you'll get.
authored DVD where you can decide to watch the documentary from beginning to
end or you can jump from town to town. Or say, you've watched it through and
want to go back to see the section on Atsion again. that's
easy, just go to the main menu and click on the Atison
name on the map. the opening map is a menu that will
let you navigate the documetnary with ease.
Teachers, if you want to show your students just the portion on ironmaking so they can see how it was done, you will
appreciate the ease with which you can navigate the DVD.
minute video takes you on a trip through the Lost Towns of the Pine Barrens, explains the Bog Iron industry, how it
operated, why it died off and what became of many of the Lost Towns.
of the popular myths that have permeated the public consciousness about New
Jersey are that is is a region comprised mostly
of parkway exits, oil refineries, and medical waste barges floating through
it's waterways. However, like most popular myths, these assessments of the Garden State's geographical makeup tend to
Bill Mecca's well
crafted video "Lost Towns of the Pine Barrens,
Vol. I" is an eye opening look at the important contributions that New Jersey made to the early formation of the United States.
takes you deep within the one million acres of New Jersey's protected forestland, which
hides a labirynth of pine trees, sugar sand
landscapes and some surprising historical revelations about the towns and
communities that inhabited the southern region of the state.
Most people do not
know that New Jersey was the first state
to support a thirving iron industry, which played
a pivotal role in supplying ammunition and goods to Washington's army during the
Revolutionary War. Additional "aesthetic anecdotes" include one
of the finest examples of Greek Revivial
Architecture in the state. There is so much more to this historical video
chronicle, that I can't list it here.
Whether you are a
history buff, or a New Jersey native who
wants to learn the real and important history of the Garden State,
there is no other expose on the market today that explains it this well.
Kudos to Bill Mecca for uncovering a "lost" and valuable history
of New Jersey
that I never knew existed."
Robert C. Potter
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