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A Beginner’s Guide to South Jersey’s Lost Landmarks

As spring rolls around, a lot of families are getting excited about visiting fun places like Storybook Land and going to concerts here at the Jersey Shore. But, what if there were more options to explore? There actually used to be!

We found some really cool historical “lost” landmarks that were built right here in South Jersey.

Thanks to Weird N.J. and Only In Your State, we uncovered some sweet gems that you can learn about and even visit! Check it out!


Looking West On Flagler Street
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1

Adventure Village

 
 

According to Weird N.J., in 1959, Fred Warner built Adventure Village in Egg Harbor Township and operated it with his family.

On the Black Horse Pike, close to Storybook Land, this amusement park was themed after a Wild West town. It had stagecoach and train rides, pig races, and even featured actors who walked around the park to immerse guests in the full experience. In the middle of the park, there was a saloon and a movie theatre.

Sounds like somewhere I would have spent summers!

 
Bessemer Furnace
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2

Weymouth Furnace

 
 

Located in a public park in Weymouth, the ruins of the Weymouth Furnace welcome visitors to explore history.

According to Only In Your State, the smokestack and other rubble remain from a circa-1800 bog iron furnace that once functioned.

 
Wolverhampton Races
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3

Atlantic City Race Course

 
 

Recently closed for good in Mays Landing, according to Only In Your State, this race course used to be a major venue that guests came to since 1946.

The original shareholders of the course included Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope! In 1969, 10,000 people attended New Jersey’s form of Woodstock at the Atlantic City Pop Festival. Performers included Little Richard, Janis Joplin, Santana, and Joni Mitchell!

 

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