Deserted House at Atsion, N.J. May 18, 1906. Thomas C. Potts second from right. From the Library Company’s Marriott C. Morris Photograph Collection.
Though a desolate landscape, Philadelphians have long been drawn to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey for various reasons such as relaxation, trade, and industry. The Marriott C. Morris collection of photographs includes views of amateur photographer Marriott C. Morris’s travels to the Pine Barrens for leisurely activities.
In the above photograph, Morris takes pictures of those on his canoeing trip along side the slab-sheathed house, believed to be one of the oldest structures still standing in Atsion, potentially dating back to the industrial town’s beginnings in the 18th century. Today, what once served as a canal to power a nearby mill, this location is overgrown with foliage and is difficult to photograph, even on an early spring day (see below). The house still stands but enhancements were once made to the back porch and accompanying outbuilding (the residence is now vacant). Given the placement of the canoe in an area that most likely would not have been frequented by canoes, as it only served as a waterway to power the nearby mill, it appears this photograph was taken as a perfect photo opp where Morris could stand upon the nearby bluff while the canoeists posed in the calm waters.
|Modern photograph of Slab-Sheathed house taken on 4/6/2014 by the author|
Canoeing on the Mullica River. May 18, 1906. From the Library Company’s Marriott C. Morris Photograph Collection.
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