Learn About Charcoal Making in the Pinelands Feb. 13

Feb 04, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson A model of a charcoal pit at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest.

The next Lunch n’ Learn program sponsored by the Tuckerton Seaport and the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve is Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and held in the Hunting Shanty at the Seaport. This month’s program explores the role of “Charcoal Making in the Pinelands” to fuel the iron and glass-making industries and for export to the cities for cooking and heating.

Charcoal was made from the plentiful trees in the Pine Barrens. A charcoal mound was covered with sand, tree limbs and moss and left to burn slowly. Colliers were men who tended the charcoal mounds to make sure the entire pile of wood did not go up in smoke.

Historian Patti Trasferini and master basket maker Mary May present the program. The Seaport has an original charcoal basket in its collection.

Call 609-296-8868 to reserve a seat. Admission is $2. Lunch is available for an extra $5 at the 12:30 p.m. lecture but must be reserved beforehand. —P.J.

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