It was beautiful day for a hike in the Pine Lands aka Pine Barrens of New Jersey with destination of Martha Furnace on the Batona trail. Today, all that is left of Martha Furnace are the ruins of the bog iron smelting furnace that flourished from 1793-1845. The village once included the furnace, a stamping mill, blacksmith shop, sawmill, gristmill, store, school, hospital, an ironmaster’s house and about 50 additional houses. The furnace remains are buried and fenced to prevent pillaging. Lying along the Batona Trail above the Oswego River, this area is home to a great diversity of Pine Barrens flora and fauna.
Hiking with a camera makes for a much more enjoyable experience especially if it mirrorless because of the light weight. I stopped at frogs pond and listen some of locals singing a duet. I be adding more images later, so please feel free to stop back.