About the Village:
As the industries of Batsto grew, so did the additional buildings and
activities necessary to sustain the workers and their families. During the
iron making and glass making periods at Batsto Village, there were
hundreds of people working and living in the village. They needed homes in
which to live. A Sawmill was necessary to cut
lumber for building homes. The Gristmill was
built for processing grain. The corn was kept in a nearby corncrib. A
storage place for the processed grain was needed. Products that were not
naturally available had to be purchased. Therefore, a General
Store was built. The Blacksmith was a
necessary part of the community, as was a Wheelwright.
Different types of barns were erected for storage of wagons, equipment,
and to house animals. The workers planted gardens and orchards. They
raised animals for food. A Piggery was built for slaughtering the pigs.
Without refrigeration, an ice house had to be constructed. Religion was
important to the workers so churches were built nearby. Eventually, a post
office helped to speed communication between Batsto and other towns.
When one visits Batsto Village today, it is like a step back in time.
As you walk through the village streets and look into the restored
buildings, you can almost visualize an earlier time and a different way of
Batsto Hours of Operation:
Visitor Center: Daily:
900:am to 4:00pm
Museum & Museum Shop:
Daily: 900:am to 4:00pm
Post Office: Call
the Visitor Center at 609-561-0024 for hours.
Saw Mill Demonstration:
Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays: 1:30, 2:00, 2:30pm
Note: The Saw Mill is not operational at this
time. We are evaluating ways to restore functionality and trying to
determine potential costs!
Nature Center: 10:00am until 4:00pm
(Open 7 days a week from June through August.)
Self Guided Village Tour:
Visitors may take a self-guided walking tour by following the
numbered map on a Batsto Village brochure, which is available at the
Visitors Center. The buildings and sites are numbered and have brief
descriptions for the benefit of the visitor.
Guided Village Tours:
There are no regularly scheduled guided tours of the village.
However, groups and schools can arrange in advance for special tours led
by the State employees Resource Interpretive Specialists. Groups must
make arrangements at least five days in advance. No reservations will be
accepted on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays.
Guided Mansion Tours:
There are regular guided tours of the Mansion.
Please click on the following link for Mansion Tour Information:
The Mansion is partially accessible for people with
Gifts and Artifacts:
Any person wishing to donate
artifacts to enhance the interpretation of
may contact the
are needed at Batsto Village. Call
the Visitor Center office at 609-561-0024. If you are
interested in helping, we welcome your call.
may also access the NJ Parks and Forestry website for an application to be
returned to Batsto. Please click on this link.