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Batsto Village

4110 Nesco Road

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Batsto Village, is a New Jersey historic site located in the South Central Pinelands, which is administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks & Forestry. This site is nationally recognized for its historical significance and beauty. The roots of Batsto Village can be traced back to 1766. Two centuries of American history are available to visitors, with the Pinelands environment as a scenic backdrop.


Historic Batsto Village, a nationally recognized historic site, is located in Wharton State Forest in Southern New Jersey. The Village has changed and survived during several different periods of American history. Archeological investigations have also discovered evidence of Prehistoric life in the Batsto area. Evidence shows land use dating back several thousand years.

Early Iron Years:

Charles Read is credited with building the Batsto Iron Works along the Batsto River in 1766. Batsto had the natural resources necessary for making iron. There was bog ore which was "mined" from the banks of the streams and rivers, wood from the forests became the charcoal for fuel, and water became the power for manufacturing. John Cox, a Philadelphia business man, became part owner in 1770 and full owner by 1773. The Iron Works produced household items such as cooking pots and kettles. During the Revolutionary War years, Batsto manufactured supplies for the Continental Army. Manager Joseph Ball became owner of Batsto Iron Works in 1779.

Richards Years:

In 1784, William Richards, uncle of Joseph Ball, became a major owner of The Iron Works. This began the Richards’ era at Batsto which would last for 92 years. William was ironmaster until he retired in 1809. Son Jesse was in charge until his death in 1854; and he was followed by his son Thomas H. By the mid 1800’s, iron production declined and Batsto became a glassmaking community known for its window glass. Soon the glass business was also finished, and Batsto was in receivership.

Wharton Years:

Joseph Wharton, a Philadelphia businessman, purchased Batsto in 1876 at a Masters Sale. Wharton continued to purchase property in the area surrounding Batsto. He made improvements on the mansion, and on many of the village buildings. He was also involved in a variety of forestry and agricultural endeavors. Joseph Wharton died in 1909. From his death until 1954, the Wharton properties in the Pine Barrens were managed by the Girard Trust Company in Philadelphia.

State Ownership:

New Jersey purchased the Wharton properties in the mid 1950’s. The state began planning for the use and development of the property. The few people still living in the Village houses remained as long as they wanted. It was in 1989 that the last house was vacated. Today Batsto Village is a New Jersey Historic site and is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.


G Aquino

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Beautiful building, the centerpiece of historic Batsto Village. It was once a home to the family of Joseph Wharton, the founder of the prestigious Wharton School of Business. The house interior was off-limits and there were no guided tours during our visit so we just took pictures from the outside.

Louis Armas

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Batsto Village is one of the hidden gems of New Jersey! In the heart of the Pine Barrens, you will find a village in existence since the 18th Century and the crown jewel is a mansion rising above a small hill. Entrance is free and there are a myriad of walking trails as well as a picnicking area. There is so much American history to learn here that it truly is a wonderful place. Did you know iron ore naturally forms in the Pine Barrens waterways every 30 years, hence it is a renewable resource? If the Governor and New Jersey Legislature has enough common sense left, they would develop Batsto Village into the New Jersey Colonial Williamsburg. Get that grain and saw mill running! Go and spend the day there!

Anni Piscitelli-Russo

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Here for a family photo shoot, beautiful settings, a lot of potential backgrounds, country/historical setting

Sam Poat

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
Awesome place to visit! It is very beautiful and a pleasure to walk around. Miles of trails to walk around and the lake is beautiful. They have a nice small nature center and the information center is really informative with a lot of displays and a small movie to watch in a small theater. It is also free except a few times a year.

Scott Synovetz

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
Nice place for picture taking. It's one of those take your kids and walk around old buildings days. I 've gone there in the fall and it was lovely. Lots of 18th. Century things to photo. The mansion has a nice tour. Buy your ticket at the welcome center. Worth the drive.

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