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Abandoned Ruins on Public Lands in New Jersey: Forgotten and Unknown Pasts
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Abandoned Ruins on Public Lands in New Jersey: Forgotten and Unknown Pasts

Author(s): Kathleen Butler
Scattered throughout New Jersey are remnants of history that are being reclaimed by nature or destroyed by vandals.

Author and photographer, Kathleen Butler, takes the reader on a journey back through time to rediscover the little-known history of these forgotten places. Most are deep in the woods of New Jersey; one is only known to the author and is exclusive to this book.

Discover ruins from iron-making industries, mills, the railroad, and more. Some of the ruins are from industries that were at their peak, but fell hard when the market was no longer in their favor. They ultimately abandoned their businesses, or they rediscovered another market and moved elsewhere.

Some companies tried to establish themselves only to find that the area was not suitable, leaving their failed community behind, or simply went bankrupt. Now, nature is taking over, and soon, these abandoned ruins will disappear forever.


Kathleen Butler grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Pennsylvania. She enjoyed wandering the woods of New Jersey as a teenager, always in awe of the beauty of nature. When she met her soon-to-be husband in the late 90s, they often took strolls through parks. One summer, they were strolling through the woods of a Pennsylvania park and they stumbled across two large foundations that nature had started to reclaim. Baffled that they were not demolished, Kathleen became intrigued by the history of these ruins. Since then, she has had a passion for finding more ruins in forests and learning their history. She has several published articles on websites and has her own website, ExploringNJandPA.com. Her photos are used in a few tourist publications, including Visit Pennsylvania.

ISBN: 9781634992701
FORMAT: Paperback
PUBLISHER: America Through Time
DATE: 11/9/2020
STATE: New Jersey
SERIES: America Through Time
DIMENSIONS: 9.25 (w) x 6.5 (h)