Hammonton in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Pane in the Glass Factory
Wharton State Forest
In the 1840s, Batsto’s iron industry was failing due to competition from new iron industries using coal and iron ore (magnetite) rather than charcoal and bog ore (limonite). Looking for another industry to keep Batsto profitable, Jesse Richards built a window glass factory on this site.
Although nothing remains today, this is the site of the Batsto Glass Factory. The raw materials used in making glass (sand, lime and wood for fuel) were in abundant supply here.
The Batsto Glass Factory used the “cylinder sheet method” to make window glass and panes, called “lights”, for street lamps. In 1852, the city of Camden was lit for the first time with thousands of lamp lights manufactured at Batsto.
Glass making was a labor intensive and expensive process. As the years passed, frequent fires, increasing customer complaints and the death of Jesse Richards in 1854 led to the end of the once thriving glass industry at Batsto.
Erected by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection & Division of Parks & Forestry.
Location. 39° 38.597′ N, 74° 39.107′ W. Marker is in Hammonton, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker can be reached from Batsto Road, on the left when traveling Touch for map. Marker is located in Historic Batsto Village, west of Batsto Lake. 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. Swimming the Ladder to Success (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Auxiliary Power System (about 800 feet away); Bog Ore (approx. ¼ mile away); Wagon (approx. ¼ mile away); Ore Boat or Barge (approx. ¼ mile away); Wharton State Forest (approx. ¼ mile away); Exploring the Pinelands (approx. ¼ mile away); William K. Phillis War Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hammonton.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a picture of a worker blowing glass into a cylinder. The lower right features a diagram of the Basto Glass Factory Site Plan, noting the placement of the Flattening House, Melting Furnace, Lime Shed Area, Cutting House, Oven Pot House and Wood Storage Area. It has a caption of “Site plan based on the 1965-1967 archaeological study of the Batsto Glass Factory.”
Also see . . . A Short History of Batsto Village. Historic Batsto Village website. (Submitted on August 11, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 393 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 11, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.