Tucked between the metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, New York City and Atlantic City lie over a million acres of forest, rivers, villages and farmland known as the New Jersey Pinelands, but more lovingly referred to as the Jersey Pine Barrens.
Each year, especially in the autumn, many people explore the lesser known roads of this area, but many have no idea where to start, since it extends from Ocean and Burlington Counties in the north to Atlantic, Cape May Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester and Camden Counties to the south.
To that end, the recently-published book, Discovering New Jersey’s Pine Barrens by Barnegat resident Cathy Antener, serves as a guide to a vast assortment of historical sites, museums, events, festivals and even local restaurants and wineries located in the Pinelands, conveniently grouped together by location.
“I’m often asked, ‘Where do I go to see the Pine Barrens,’ ‘How do I get there,’ ‘Where are the ghost towns,’ and even ‘Where does the Jersey Devil live?’” said Antener, also a tour guide and owner of the website, www.PineyPower.com. “When The History Press approached me to write this book, it seemed like the right thing to do.”
Antener will be signing her book from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnegat Branch of the Ocean County Library and on October 13 at The Pine Barrens Jamboree at Wells Mills Park in Waretown.
The book, which retails at $19.99 plus tax, can also be purchased at The Tuckerton Seaport, Noyes Museum in Oceanville, Batsto Village Gift Shop, Buzby’s Chatsworth General Store, Pinelands Preservation Alliance in Pemberton, and other locations, as well as through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and The History Press. It is also available as an e-book (Kindle, Nook, etc.)
Antener said with so many popular Pineland-related festivities coming up in October, including the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival on October 20th and 21st; the Batsto Country Living Fair on October 21st at Historic Batsto Village; and dozens of other hikes, canoe trips, talks and walks, it is a good time to pick up a guide to the all the wonders this area offers.