The value of this Auction package is $226. You will spend an exciting day with Barbara Solem, your personal tour guide. She is the author of Ghost Towns and Other Quirky Places in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, The Forks: A Brief History of the Area, and Batsto Village: Jewel of the Pines. (All of her books are part of this auction package) She is a member of the Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. and in season serves as a tour guide at the Atsion Mansion. Barbara’s extensive knowledge of the Pine Barrens will bring its history to life.
You and your guests will learn about the unique places and villages that rose up around the iron furnaces, glass factories, paper mills, cranberry farms and brick-making establishments of the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Many of these old towns will be explored on foot as we search for the remnants of villages that once turned the raw materials of the region into products needed by a new nation.
The Pine Barrens of New Jersey contain more ghost towns, some say, then the entire American west. The Pinelands of today with its pristine woodlands and unique plant and animal communities, is a very different place than the busy industrial center it once was several hundred years ago. Barbara Solem, author of Ghost Towns and Other Quirky Places in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, will take participants on a tour of many of the forgotten industrial towns that once thrived in the Pine Barrens.