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April 07, 2015

Pequest Trout Hatchery | Oxford, New Jersey

Trout Hatchery

Pequest Trout Hatchery


The Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford Township, New Jersey is the only state-owned and operated trout hatchery. It is run by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Up to 700,000 trout annually are prepared for eventual release into the lakes, rivers and streams of New Jersey. 

Last October, after visiting Belvidere and while we were eating at Hot Dog Johnny’s, which I wrote about in my last post, we wandered over to look at the Pequest River flowing behind the restaurant.


Pequest River, New Jersey

We saw this sign:


Trout stocked water sign

We were vaguely wondering about stocking the rivers with trout while on our way home and drove right by The Pequest Trout Hatchery. 

 

It was open, so we decided to visit!


Pequest Trout Hatchery

Eggs from trout are taken and put into incubators. 

 

When they hatch, they are transferred to the nursery, where they reside in large fiberglass tanks for about 4 months. 


Trout in fiberglass tanks
Trout are moved into raceways

 

The raceways where the trout mature:

The Raceways at the Pequest Trout Hatchery

 

Then the trout are transported to their destinations in more than 200 lakes, streams and rivers all around New Jersey.

Pequest Trout Hatchery
Pequest Trout Hatchery

 

There is an education center in the main building that describes the life of the trout and other wildlife in New Jersey: 


Pequest Trout Hatchery

The long wooden structure with holes is a bee house, and the top one is a bat house. 


Pequest Fish Hatchery Bee House and Bat House


The New Jersey state record black bear. 

 

He weighed 829 pounds and was 13 years old.

Big Black Bear
Owl


You may also want to read about Lakota Wolf Preserve.

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!


 

Pequest Trout Hatchery | Oxford, New Jersey

April 07, 2015

April 04, 2015

Hot Dog Johnny's | Buttzville, New Jersey

Hot Dog Johnny's


Hot Dog Johnny's . . . in Buttzville?

 

In our meanderings around Warren County last October, especially after our visits to Belvidere last fall, we somehow always ended up in Buttzville on our way home. 

Buttzville? 

Yes, that is the name of a census-designated place within rural White Township, New Jersey. 

The name is indeed bizarre. However, Buttzville was named after the Michael Robert Buttz, who founded the village in 1839. 


White Township was named after Alexander White, who built a mansion in the area. 


It was all rather confusing to the poor GPS on my phone, which insisted that we were actually in nearby Belvidere. I guess my GPS likes Belvidere! 

 

Anyway, Buttzville, despite only having 146 residents, has a unique attraction: Hot Dog Johnny’s! 


Hot Dog Johnny's

The legendary Hot Dog Johnny’s has been family owned and operated since the family started out of a little hut near the rural part of Route 46. 

 

They quickly outgrew that stand, and set up shop right on Route 46.

 

They are considered one of the most popular roadside attractions in the United States. 

 

You can visit their website and order some rather hilarious merchandise

 

There was a cute article about the place:

 

Hot Dog Showdown: Hot Dog Johnny's churns out deep-fried dogs and ice-cold buttermilk

 

Also, if you are in the area, you can have some delicious hot dogs, French fries, and birch beer – or buttermilk if you prefer. 

 

We always ask to have our hot dogs “with everything.”

 

They are open year-round. Cash only! No menu! Service: abrupt. They are busy! Know what you want when you get to the window!

 

Hot Dog Johnny's is located on the banks of the Pequest River


Hot Dog Johnny's

For more New Jersey hot dogs, please read WindMill and Max's -- A Hot Dog Rivalry

 

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Hot Dog Johnny's | Buttzville, New Jersey

April 04, 2015

March 31, 2015

Port Murray Post Office and Abandoned Train Station | Mansfield Township, New Jersey

Port Murray train station



Port Murray has a post office that is . . . a trailer. 


What is more interesting is what is behind the post office/trailer - an old caboose and abandoned train station. 

 

Port Murray, which is a section of Mansfield Township,  was an important railroad stop in the 1800s in this part of rural Warren County, New Jersey. 

 

This, in addition to the Morris Canal, brought industry to this remote area. The station was on the Morris and Essex Railroad, about 67 miles from New York City.

 

In 1996, the Port Murray Historic District was listed on The National Register of Historic Places. You can read more about it here.




Port Murray post office
Port Murray Post Office
Caboose
The Caboose

Port Murray train station
Port Murray Train Station
Port Murray train station
Port Murray Train Station
Port Murray train station
Port Murray Train Station
Port Murray train station
Port Murray Train Station
Railroad tracks
Port Murray Train Station



Port Murray Post Office and Abandoned Train Station | Mansfield Township, New Jersey

March 31, 2015

March 23, 2015

Lakota Wolf Preserve | Columbia, New Jersey

Wolf


Lakota Wolf Preserve

 

Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, New Jersey is a special place. 


Wolves that were born in captivity are able to live out their lives in the beautiful outdoors. 


There are also bobcats and foxes at Lakota. Wolves, and bobcats, and foxes, oh my! 

The couple who run Lakota are dedicated to their animals and have run the preserve for over 15 years. 

 

They take wonderful care of their animals and truly love them. They have been committed to educating the public about wolves. 

I’ve been there, and I can see how much they love their animals! 
 

The public can take wolf-watching tours – don’t worry, the wolves are behind fences. They will also howl on cue! 


The surroundings are beautiful. 

 

Columbia is actually part of Knowlton Township, in the Kittatinny Valley


I took these photos last October. 

 

Sadly, this winter has been a struggle for the preserve because of the terrible weather and other unexpected issues. Sometimes the preserve has been closed for weeks.
 

If you'd like to help, you can sponsor a wolf

 

There are other ways to help out, too

 

Check out their website and Facebook page, too, for some gorgeous photographs and more information! 

There is a wonderfully detailed description of how the wolf preserve got started here, and links to websites containing professional photos of the wolves! 


Lakota Wolf Preserve
Camp Taylor Campground
Wolf
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Fox
Fox


You can also check out Watching Bees Make Honey at Delicious Orchards.

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories! 

Lakota Wolf Preserve | Columbia, New Jersey

March 23, 2015

December 01, 2014

Searching for History in Belvidere

 

Belvidere, New Jersey


Belvidere, New Jersey Has An Interesting History

 

We came back for a second visit to pretty Belvidere, New Jersey

 

We had several goals that day. 

 

One of them was to see the Robert Morris House on Greenwich Street. Robert Morris was one of the signers of The Declaration of Independence

 

I also wanted to check out the Country Gate Players Playhouse and the downtown area, filled with historic buildings. 

 

We parked in front of a nice house on Greenwich Street next to the Country Gate Players Playhouse. 

Country Gate Playhouse


We ate lunch at the Thisilldous Eatery

 

Everyone was very friendly. The sandwich was good.

 


Belvidere, New Jersey




We admired the John Nicoll House, built c. 1825. He was a clockmaker.


John Nicoll House, Belvidere, New Jersey


John Nicoll House plaque, Belvidere, New Jersey

If you are wondering why we wanted to see the PNC Bank Building, it is because it was originally the First National Bank Building. 

It is a beautiful building, especially on the inside. It was built in 1929, which isn’t old by Belvidere standards, but it is truly a classic bank building. 


They have really kept the original interior mostly intact. 

Of course I couldn’t take photos inside because it is a bank, but I will tell you that it has beautifully decorative ceilings, lovely light fixtures, huge windows, and even classic old-school teller cages! 

When the teller noticed me wandering around and gazing at everything, and asked me if I wanted help, I just told her that we just wanted to see the inside of the building, and she laughed knowingly. 

 

I told you everyone in this town is so friendly. 

PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


Warren House was built in 1828, on the former site of a log cabin. It is now a Masonic temple.


Warren House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Warren House, Belvidere, New Jersey

We walked back to Greenwich Street. I decided that we now needed to search for the Robert Morris House. 

As we walked back to our car, I realized that we had parked right in front of it!


Yes, it was right next to the Country Gate Playhouse! 

In addition to signing The Declaration of Independence, Robert Morris apparently named Belvidere, and was a financier to the American Revolution. 

 

He had this house built for his daughter and gave it to her as a gift for her wedding in 1780.

Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House plaque, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Please read Belvidere Town Square and The Shoe Tree Oak.

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories! 

 

Searching for History in Belvidere

December 01, 2014

November 24, 2014

Driving Around Belvidere . . . and beyond

Twin Mills of Belvidere, New Jersey

Driving Around Belvidere, New Jersey


Last week I showed you the town square of Belvidere, New Jersey, including the Shoe Tree Oak.

This week I'm showing off some interesting buildings that we discovered in Belvidere as we drove around the town.

First up are The Twin Mills of Belvidere: The Major Robert Hoops and the Red Frame Mill. 

 

The Robert Hoops Mill was built in 1790 by Hoops for felt but later converted to a gristmill. 

 

The Red Frame Mill was also a gristmill, but owned by someone else.

As a Belvidere, NJ website says:

For many years in the 1900's, the mill and the adjacent Red Frame Mill were both operating simultaneously and independently of each other as feed mills. 


I love the little matching mailbox in front, to the left of the window. 

 

At least that's what I think it is. 

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Robert Hoops Mill, Belvidere, New Jersey


Red Frame Mill, Belvidere, New Jersey


The town clock: 


Town clock of Belvidere, New Jersey


Hotel Belvidere was established in 1831: 


Hotel Belvidere


We then drove down Water Street and ended up on the Riverton-Belvidere Bridge, driving over the Delaware River. 

 

These last few photos were taken from inside the car.

Riverton-Belvidere Bridge


Riverton-Belvidere Bridge


Riverton, Pennsylvania (Lower Bethel Township)


We found ourselves in Riverton, Pennsylvania, a part of Lower Bethel Township, Pennsylvania.

 

It looked like an interesting town to explore one day, but it was getting late and we drove back to New Jersey, admiring the Delaware River as we drove over it.



The Delaware River


Also read my post on Searching For History In Belvidere.

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!



Driving Around Belvidere . . . and beyond

November 24, 2014