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A Guide To Its Present And Past
Compiled and Written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey
American Guide Series

Originally published in 1939
Some of this information may no longer be current and in that case is presented for historical interest only.

Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Tour 6
South from the Northwest Corner – Atsion

ATSION, 124.2 miles (50 alt., 150 pop.), named for the Atsionk Indians, has a few worn buildings along the banks of Mullica River. A dam at the highway forms ATSION LAKE (R), the millpond of an early bog-iron works. Below its spillway are the ruins of the ATSION FURNACE, built in 1776, and a large stone and stucco MILL BUILDING that in turn manufactured iron, paper, and cotton. A large, deserted house of square design (L), with wide porticos and iron pillars embossed at the base with the furnace brand "A," is the SAMUEL RICHARDS MANSION, home of an eighteenth-century ironmaster. The GENERAL STORE is (L) close to the highway. A plain stuccoed building without an identifying signboard, it resembles a small chapel with its small belfry and austere architectural lines, although a haymow door on the second floor does not conform to church design.

Between Atsion and Hammonton the highway crosses a region of scrub oak and pine and cranberry bogs, and enters a sandy plain where berries and fruit orchards are extensive. Peach and apple blossoms in this area draw thousands of sightseers in late April and early May.

At 131.7 miles, on the outskirts of HAMMONTON (100 alt., 7,656 pop.) (see Tour 23), is the junction with US 30 (see Tour 23).

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