Today I went to Wharton State Forest and Batsto State Historic Site
again. I drove a sand road into the woods where there used to be a
bridge over the Mullica River. This time I walked close to the river
and found the old bridge abutments, on both sides of the river. I
found one large pine that impressed me enough to measure it, but it
was only 5' 8" in CBH.
After wandering around in there and taking lots of digital pictures
I drove up to Batsto and went into the western end of the village
where all the old worker's houses are. I measured the biggest
Catalpa I found, which came out at 7' 6". I then measured the
largest Buttonwood in that end of the village, which was between two
of the houses. It measured up at 10' 5". There's an Osage-Orange
tree near one of the houses, but I wasn't sure which tree it was
since it seems that all the fruits had been cleaned up off the
ground since the Fall. I then went out onto the county road and
drove around to the main entrance to the parking area, east of the
village, where there are two large White Oaks, one severely damaged
but still very much alive. I measured the undamaged one, and it came
in at 13' 4", the largest single-trunk tree I've measured yet. What
an impressive tree. Since Batsto Ironworks was older than Weymouth
Ironworks, it's not surprising that I found
an older tree at Batsto. This 13 footer is clearly from the bog
iron days of the village, in my opinion.
Pictures to come later, in my new Photobucket account.