Chatsworth Travel Guide

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Chatsworth Things to Do

  • Buzby's General Store

    Buzby's General Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. Buzby's played a significant role in area commerce for over a century.The building itself was built in 1865, and was acquired by Willis Jefferson Buzby and his wife, Myrtle. Upon his death in 1939, his son, Willis Johnathon Buzby (Jack) and his wife Katie took over...

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  • Shamong Hotel

    Built in 1860, the Shamong Hotel, or Whitehorse Inn, in Chatsworth, New Jersey was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.In the late 19th century, Chatsworth and surrounding southern Jersey towns were resort towns for the rich and famous of New York and Pennsylvania. The Shamong Inn is one of the oldest surviving inns in the...

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  • Annual Cranberry Festival

    Cranberries were a produce that helped shape the town of Chatsworth, New Jersey since the 1800s. Today, the town also uses cranberries to raise money to restore the few buildings of the town's historic past.In 1983, the Town of Chatsworth started the Cranberry Festival to raise money to restore the Shamong Inn. Held every year for the past 25 years...

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  • Up, Up, and Away

    The berries ride the belt and fall into the truck bed. Off goes the truck, right on down the road a bit, to the Ocean Spray plant. Just in time to make cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving!

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  • Bringing in the Berries

    Now that the berries are floating-the good ones, that is, workers corral and rake them towards the conveyer belt.

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  • Cranberry bog

    Cranberries are grown in bogs. The berry has an air chamber which is crucial to their harvest. The bogs are flooded at harvest time. The berries are knocked from the plants. Good berries float, bad berries sink. Simple!

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Chatsworth Warnings and Dangers

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    by KiKitC Written Mar 22, 2012

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    This blunt warning isn't intended to be funny. Slow down, or you may blink and miss the town of Chatsworth...and their judge.

    Can't stress it enough.

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Chatsworth Off The Beaten Path

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    by KiKitC Written Mar 22, 2012

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    On a very wet August night, the Blue Comet, carrying passengers from Red Bank to Atlantic City, derailed, injuring 37. Locals say on a wet summer night...you can still here the Comet's train whistle in the pines.

    The little south Jersey town of Chatsworth, known now for cranberries and blueberries, once had the famed Blue Comet luxury passenger line stop here four times a day, while taking passengers from ports such as Red Bank to Atlantic City (before the casinos). The train, part of the Central Railroad of New Jersey got it's namesake from the interior and exterior coats of blue paint.

    On August 19, 1939, some 19 inches of rain fell here, with 10 falling just hours before the crash, causing a washout of rails. The result was a five car derailment, injuring 37 passengers, and causing 500 feet of track to be replaced. This rail was the only contact with the world outside these barrens. The trains brought news and commerce to these sleepy towns. The locals were able to warn the trains crew about the possible washout and they decreased speed, reducing the damage that was possible.

    This marks the actual spot of the derailment, thanks to local historians that tracked this information down. The link below is the best coverage I've found of the wreck on the net...

    Locals may tell you, on certain rainy summer nights, that the lonesome whistle of that old line can still be heard in the winds...

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Chatsworth Sports & Outdoors

  • Wading River from Speedwell to Beaver...

    The Wading River has a variety of adventures for novice and advanced kayakers. The most navigable section of this river for day paddlers is between Speedwell and Beaver Branch, with many easy put in/take spots along the way, the most popular being Hawkins Bridge, Godfrey Bridge and Evans Bridge. There are also great campgrounds (by permit only)...

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  • Paddling the Pine Barrens

    One of the best paddling places in our area, the Pine Barrens has many wonderful rivers and lakes for paddling.One great place to rent canoes and kayaks is Mick's Pine Barrens Canoe and Kayak rental. Prior to having our own kayaks, we've rented from Mick's before and paddled the Wading River. They also offer trips on the Oswego River, when not too...

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