I am not even remotely a photographer, and so most of what you’ll see here, should you care to look, might be valued more for the content and not-too-offensive quality of presentation, rather than any particular artfulness of composition. Two albums are currently linked, the first containing images of an historic nature related specifically to my home state of New Jersey. The second contains featured photos of no particular subject or theme.
Images of Historic New Jersey
In 1850 clay was the latest natural resource that would produce riches, at long last, from the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Scattered on the ground near the corner of two forgotten lanes in Lacey Township lie the broken remains of what proved to be just another pipedream: the Union Clay Company.
Near the long-vanished town of Calno the Van Campen family once operated a grist mill. Uphill to the east the family farmhouse stood, not far from the Ribbles place where the Post Office used to be. Across the road toward the river the Depues lived, farmed, and were buried on ground that was settled in the 17th century. Everywhere are the old buildings and outbuildings, stone walls and discarded farm implements. This land has some of the oldest memories in America.
The Vancampens are one of the original pioneer familes of New Jersey, having settled the Pahaquarry region along the Delaware perhaps as early as the late 17th century. I had maps that showed me where their burial ground should be. I had seen references to it in various surveys and geneological databases. But despite three attempts to penetrate the thick, thorny brush that blankets the area, I had found nothing. On my latest trip I happened to look in the right direction at the right time, and after offering some skin, a shredded shirt, ripped jeans, and many curses to the God of all Explorers, I found myself standing amidst the tombs of the Vancampens. These are images from that trip.
On my 48th birthday last Sunday I was given the gift of seven or eight hours of uninterrupted time. I spent it strolling through the hills and valleys of the former Pahaquarry township, in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This gallery contains some images of the things I saw.