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"Visit the Town's Blacksmith" Tabernacle Things to Do Tip by KiKitC

Tabernacle Things to Do: 11 reviews and 22 photos

  Village Blacksmith
by KiKitC
  • Village Blacksmith - Tabernacle
      Village Blacksmith
    by KiKitC
  • Visit the Town's Blacksmith - Tabernacle

By the intersection of Carranza Road and Medford Lakes road, once stood the site of the town blacksmith shop.

In the mid 1700s, iron, charcoal and glass industries were aplenty in the south Jersey pine barrens. The Speedwell Furnace, opened in 1785 by Benjamin Randolph led to the eventual founding of Tabernacle Township.

The crossroads at Tabernacle became an area for local commerce and meeting. A schoolhouse, church, general store, blacksmith and inn were built.

Charles S. Kemble was the blacksmith of the shop that stood on this site, just across from the Kemble Inn. Other blacksmiths known to have practiced here were Gilbert Knight, Henry Allen, and William Cutts.

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  • Written Aug 22, 2008
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