Charles Read Mansion in Atison New Jersey
Having relatives that lived near a lot of forgotten towns in south jersey I remember the long drive home from family gatherings and would pass this Mansion ,that was in such bad shape it looked haunted. Even as a young child I always wondered about empty homes and who lived and died the there.
This place with lots of volunteers and lovers of history has come along way. We do really need to thank the average folk who put their talent and skills to restore the past. Few years ago I toured the property and had a wonderful guide who had several books published on local history of the area . Just want to mention local writers need our support too. It might surprise you that local authors can give us such great insights to the places we basically take for granted..
Atsion was named for the atsiont Indians . The revolution saw the rise of iron furnaces in south jersey. In 1766 Charles Read dammed the atsion river to run his iron company. By 1824 his company was bankrupt. He did build a summer home 1826 deep in the pines to get away from the Philadelphia heat
Some other photos of the buildings that are left.
I do have available in my stores on Zazzle pine cat 15 and catfish15 a shirt of the mansion available.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.. enjoy the warmth if you are on the east coast , Nora