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Published between 1966 and 1997, the Batsto Citizens Gazette was the chief source of news and information on Batsto Village, an open-air museum in the Wharton State Forest, Washington Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. From 1766 to 1867, Batsto thrived in the heart of the south Central Jersey pinelands as an industrial center first for bog iron production and later for glassmaking. Batsto Village is on the New Jersey and National Historic Registers.

The museum currently consists of 33 historic buildings, including the Batsto Mansion, the restored Batsto Post Office (a working rural Post Office), the gristmill, the sawmill, the general store, and period houses. Visit the Batsto Village site for more on the history of the village. The New Jersey State Parks Department also has information on Wharton Forest.

The quarterly newspaper included a broad variety of items during its thirty years of publication. The following list includes some of the types of information published in the Gazette:

  • News of the Batsto Village restoration and the Batsto Post Office;
  • News of the "Friends of Batsto" and "Batsto Citizen Committee" members (including some obituaries);
  • Reports of events occurring at the Village (i.e., Bicentennial, craft fairs, family reunions);
  • Legislative, environmental, natural and wildlife news and editorials;
  • Original articles on the history of the village and the surrounding area, including the industries that Batsto supported - bog iron and glassmaking;
  • Articles on the history and genealogy of members of local families, including the Richards, Wharton, and Read families;
  • Transcriptions of manuscripts in the Wharton/Batsto research library archives, including Kate Aylesford;
  • Poetry; and
  • Interviews with local residents, historians and others.

The Batsto Citizens Gazette is available in hardcopy from March 1966 (vol. 1 no. 1) to Summer 1997 (vol. 31 no. 2). The Gazette is owned by the following libraries: Burlington County Library Headquarters in Westampton, NJ the Pinelands Branch Library in Medford, NJ, and the Bass River Community Library in New Gretna. Research and photocopies will be done upon request for a fee. Please contact the BCLS Reference department, or the Medford Library for further information.

The Pinelands Branch Library staff and volunteers are currently indexing the newspaper. To date, 1,941 records have been processed.

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