Batsto Manor House Lookout
US 79, NJ 3

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 79, NJ 3 (view other lookouts in United States, New Jersey)
Date Registered March 3, 1994
Nominated by Bob Spear, NJ Forest Fire Service
Location Batsto Village State Historic Site
Burlington County, New Jersey
Coordinates N 39° 38.604' W 074° 38.893' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 38' 36" W 074° 38' 54"
N 39.643407° W 074.648225°
Elevation 72 ft (22 m)
Administered by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
Cooperators New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry


When it comes to fancy living quarters, New Jersey’s Batsto Manor House Lookout takes the prize. When the NJ Forest Fire Service was locating lookout sites in the flammable pine barrens, the imposing mansion of the iron master at the old Batsto Iron Works caught their eye. Actually, the widow’s walk on top of the manor house had been used to look for fires during dry spells for many years and may be one of the oldest detection sites in the nation. The 9’x9' enclosed wooden cab was constructed in 1919 and used for fire detection until 1924 when the Batsto Fire Tower was constructed nearby.


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