Batsto is a class C/F (restored‑State Historic Site).
This iron-forge village is located along the
IN THE BEGINNING
This major bog iron forge village was founded in 1766 by Charles Read. In addition to supplying needed iron products to local citizens, the furnaces also supplied war material to the colonists in their battles with the British during the Revolutionary War. The charcoal that fueled the furnaces was produced from locally felled trees.
After the war ended, brickyards, glassworks, gristmill, iron forge and sawmill all contributed to the local economy, and the town grew to a population of about 1000.
Coal-powered furnaces were more efficient, and as they grew in popularity, locations with charcoal-powered furnaces declined. Batsto's charcoal-powered forges soon became unprofitable, and by 1848 they shut down. The town followed suit, and in 1874 a fire destroyed half of the nearly abandoned town. Joseph Wharton purchased the site in 1876, and operated a sawmill and did some farming for a number of years.
BATSTO – TODAY
1954 the town site was purchased by the state of
addition to being a state historic site,
For more information about the Batsto Village Historic Site visit their website.
This is one of the towns featured in my newest book, GHOST TOWNS: Yesterday & TodayTM.
This was our January 2006
GHOST TOWN OF THE MONTH
· Latitude: 39.6434510 / 39° 38’ 36” N
· Longitude: -74.6504351 / 74° 39’ 02” W
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