Update on 01–10-2021
I decided to re-visit this site to get some peace and quite time. This place never fails me.
I shot these images at the site of Stamping Mill built on the Green Limb Branch. Locally called “Tunking Mill” from the sound of the blows of heavy hammers.
Before the bog iron could be put into the blast furnace, it first went through the stamping mill to crush it and conform it to uniform, usable sizes for the furnace.
TABERNACLE — Howard Boyd’s favorite spot in the Pine Barrens is a bend in Carranza Road known as Hampton Gate Curve. It is there that workers walked along the narrow trail to Hampton Gate Furnace, one of the earliest bog-iron furnaces in the area.
To Boyd, the curve is a microcosm of the Pine Barrens, right down to the teaberry vines encroaching on the road, the cedar water, the water lilies, and the beaver dam just yards away on the Skit branch of the Batsto River.
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