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Batsto in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wharton State Forest

Pinelands National Reserve

 
 
Wharton State Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2013
1. Wharton State Forest Marker
Inscription. Wharton State Forest, located in the heart of the Pinelands, is the largest single tract of state-owned land in New Jersey, containing well over 120,000 acres. Important natural resources, historic villages and recreational opportunities can be found at every turn.

Historic Towns
In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a web of industrial centers thrived in what is now Wharton State Forest. Fueled by the natural resources, towns like Bulltown, Harrisville, Friendship, and Martha produced iron, glass, lumber, and paper. While many of these places are gone today, buildings and structures remain at Batsto and Atsion reflecting the agricultural and commercial ventures that existed during the nineteenth century.
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Batsto Village, a former iron and glass making industrial center from 1766 to 1867

Natural Areas
The Batsto Natural Area (9,449 acres) contain several forest habitats that are representative of the Pinelands. These areas are home to many threatened and endangered plants, as well as some species found nowhere else in the world. The Natural Areas Act of 1961 established an exceptional degree of protection for ecologically significant areas within lands owned by the State of New Jersey.
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The bog asphold (Narthecium
Sign at the entrance to Batsto Village image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2013
2. Sign at the entrance to Batsto Village
americamun), a globally-rare species found in the Pinelands.

Joseph Wharton
In 1873 Joseph Wharton, a wealthy industrialist, began to purchase large tracts of land in the Pinelands, including the villages of Batsto and Atsion. Wharton experimented in agriculture and forest management on his gentlemanís farm. At the time of his death in 1909, Wharton had acquired 96,000 acres. This vast area has remained undeveloped because of his efforts and became the core of Wharton State Forest.
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Joseph Wharton (1826-1909), a pioneer in the new science of forestry.

Recreational Opportunities
The natural beauty of Wharton State Forest can be appreciated at all times of the year. Miles of trails, pristine waterways, and uninterrupted wilderness await the outdoor enthusiast. Camping, by permit only, is allowed at several designated areas. Swimming is permitted seasonally at the Atsion Recreation Area. The visitor center at Batsto Village is open year-around.
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Canoeing and kayaking, among many recreational opportunities to explore the areaís world-class natural resources.
 
Location. 39° 38.652′ N, 74° 38.802′ W. Marker is in Batsto, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on Tylertown Road. Click for map
Wharton State Forest Marker-distant photo image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2013
3. Wharton State Forest Marker-distant photo
. Marker is in this post office area: Hammonton NJ 08037, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Exploring the Pinelands (here, next to this marker); Ore Boat or Barge (within shouting distance of this marker); Bog Ore (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wagon (about 500 feet away); Auxiliary Power System (approx. 0.2 miles away); Swimming the Ladder to Success (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Pane in the Glass Factory (approx. 0.3 miles away); William K. Phillis War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in the Batsto Historic Site within the Pinelands National Reserve
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Wharton Mansion-Batsto Village image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2013
4. Wharton Mansion-Batsto Village
Wharton Mansion Distant Photo-Batsto Village image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2013
5. Wharton Mansion Distant Photo-Batsto Village
Wharton Mansion-Out Buildings-Batsto Village image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2013
6. Wharton Mansion-Out Buildings-Batsto Village
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 460 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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