In fact, according to www.atlasobscura.com—a website boasting a multitude of “curious and wondrous travel destinations” around the globe—New Jersey is home to 74 such sites. The Philadelphia region also offers numerous intriguing spots. Who would’ve known!

Devon Perry, executive director of Visit South Jersey, aspires to share our region’s rich history and rare, hidden treasures with residents and visitors alike.

Whether in search of a Halloween happening, a supernatural phenomenon or merely relishing the natural splendor throughout South Jersey, one such property Perry is proud to spotlight is Batsto Village.

Located in the Wharton State Forest in the heart of New Jersey’s Pinelands, the 123,000-acre site—just 8 miles from Hammonton—is administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Parks & Forestry. In fact, Wharton State Forest is the largest park in the entire state system.

“Batsto Village is nationally recognized for its historical significance and beauty,” explained Perry. “Two centuries of American history are available to visitors.”

Guided tours of the 36-room mansion are offered to the public Wednesday through Sunday. The sprawling, picturesque grounds include a Visitor’s Center, post office (that still hand cancels mail without use of a zip code), a once operating grist mill, saw mill, out buildings, cottages long ago inhabited by workers, a large lake and more.


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Jan L. Apple / Jersey Man Magazine (2017, 2 February2017 October)