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“Not so deserted..but worth a visit”

Feltville Historic District
Indian Shores, Florida
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“Not so deserted..but worth a visit”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

A local told us about this place. We're thinking...how can there be anywhere deserted in the middle of New Jersey and right off I-78?
Well lo and behold there is a deserted village with houses built in the 1800's. It served as a mill town built by David Felt. The buildings include a church/store, a cemetery, several houses and a mill site. The buildings are frail and access inside them is not permitted. There is a walk to all of these structures which is about a mile. It is billed as deserted but a couple of the houses were inhabited and we did notice fire hydrants and electricity lines. Nevertheless it is interesting to see and there are walking trails and a picnic area. It is very quiet and peaceful in the middle of suburbia.
There is a parking lot at the top Cataract Hollow Rd and it is an easy walk to the village. There are pamphlets available showing the walking route and also a pamphlet depicting the wildlife.
There are bathrooms in the Church/Store house and per the pamphlet his structure is available for parties.

Visited July 2014
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nj
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“Great place to walk around”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

Feltville is a great place to walk around. The parking lot is about 5 minutes from the first old house. The walk to the houses is paved. there are several houses, but they are not open to explore. During the 4 Centuries Weekend, we were able to go into the a building where we could buy hot cocoa and cookies, as well as go on a very informative tour. There are dirt paths that lead to an old grave site, as well as to the rest of the reservation. It is a beautiful place to visit. There are no bathrooms that I know of in Feltville, but in the reservation itself there are bathrooms. Bathrooms are just a short drive away.

Visited October 2013
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Bridgewater NJ USA
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“Wonderful taste of history in Union County!”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is a wonderful piece of history right in the middle of the Watchung Reservation. Home to a mill, a paper business, summer vacationers, and artists, this district shows a great piece of history that should not be forgotten!

Visited May 2014
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New Jersey
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“Interesting Place to visit”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is part of the Watchung Reservation in Union County. Several of the buildings have been restored but many are in disrepair. Lots of good hiking paths. There is parking before you can enter the area. There are scheduled activies through out the year and most are free. Bring the family but be careful around some of the builings that are in eed of repair. Some of the old homes do have people living in them.

Visited December 2013
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New York
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“Short History Hike”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is an interesting place. It includes the remnants of an old mill town and miles of hiking trails. It is located in the Watchung Reservation. To map your trip to the parking lot, use the following address: Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ. There is a gravel parking lot with a decent amount of parking. The Deserted Village is located in an unusual place. As we were driving through the populated suburban streets, we couldn't imagine that there was going to be a village and woods to hike in there, but they are.
There is a map of the trails and a booklet that guides you through the village. You can pick them up in the parking lot. The booklet describes the various buildings and tells the history of Feltville and then Glenside Park. It took about an hour to walk through the village while stopping to read the history. Most of the buildings are off limits because of their condition. The Church/Store is open on special occasions, particularly around Halloween when there are haunted hayrides.
If you want to eat before or after visiting, there are no restaurants nearby. You can go into the town of Berkeley Heights for food. It's only about 10 minutes away.

Visited September 2013
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