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Historic Sites and Ghost Towns

The Pine Barrens have been the site of towns and industry for more than 200 years. Join PPA's Pinelands Adventures program to experience the history and stories behind the Pine Barrens.

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Pinelands History & Culture Resources

A listing of government agencies, non-profits, historical socities and historical commissions, museums at the state, county and municipal level.

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Pinelands Heritage Partnership

The purpose of the Pinelands Heritage Partnership (PHP), a new effort led by Pinelands Preservation Alliance and Preservation New Jersey, is to develop an initial policy and education agenda to better promote the preservation and maintenance of the Pinelands' historic resources.

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Pinelands Historical Timeline

Walk through the Pinelands historical timeline to understand the past and present.

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History of the Pinelands

The history of the Pinelands is the story of people and the land. The ruins of ghost towns tell the stories of the past, and the thriving towns and villages are a testament to the places and traditions that continue. Legends, lore and landmarks abound in the Pinelands...

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Unique Pinelands Places

There are dozens of ghost towns and ruins scattered across the region. They are the remains and traces of a series of industries – principally bog iron, forestry, charcoal, paper and glass – that arose with the coming of European colonists and faded as richer sources of raw materials were found to the west.

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People, Life, Culture

The human experience of the Pine Barrens has shaped the landscape in which we live today.

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Jersey Devil & Folklore

The New Jersey Pinelands is home to miles of pine trees and sandy roads, but it is also home to New Jersey’s most infamous resident... The Jersey Devil. Designated in 1938 as the country’s only state demon, the Jersey Devil is described as a kangaroo-like creature with the face of a horse, the head of a dog, bat-like wings, horns and a tail. For more than 250 years this mysterious creature is said to prowl through the marshes of Southern New Jersey and emerge periodically to rampage through the towns and cities.

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Harrisville Village Video Tour

Take a tour of historic Harrisville, the remains of a company town now located in Wharton State Forest.

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