Books on the Pine Barrens by R. Marilyn Schmidt
R. Marilyn Schmidt is the author of almost 70 books. She has spent years researching the New Jersey Pine Barrens while owner of Buzby’s Chatsworth General Store, located in Chatsworth, NJ – the heart of the Pine Barrens.
The following books by R. Marilyn Schmidt are for sale and can be purchased here through Paypal (you do not need a Paypal account):
A Guide to New Jersey Lighthouses
$5 / 20 pages / Paperback / Saddle-Stitched
Visit the nine lighthouses along the Jersey Shore coast. Seven are along the Atlantic Coast and two along the Delaware Bay. Two are still in use today. Here are the directions for getting to each lighthouse, the time each is open, or a phone number to call. Visit our state’s landmarks. If you are brave, climb Barnegat Lighthouse for an unforgettable view. Before you visit, be sure to call to confirm the hours they are open. Times change with the seasons.
A Self-Guided Tour of Chatsworth and Vicinity
$5 / 16 pages / Paperback / Saddle-Stitched
Chatsworth – “Capital of the Pines” – is surrounded by historic sites and interesting history. Here’s your chance to visit and learn about 14 sites in the area. A map will guide you on your tour. You might even climb the Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower for a spectacular view of the Wading River basin and on a clear day, you can see Philadelphia! Visit the forgotten towns of Paisley, Friendship and Speedwell. See the unique Pinelands vegetation.
Churches and graveyards of a community tell the history, the hardships, and the relationships of its families and the community. As a group settled an area, the first community structure built was a meetinghouse which was used many times both as a school and for worship. In most areas, a graveyard was situated close by and owned by the church. In other towns, the town – whether township, borough, or city – owned the graveyard providing a final resting place for the residents. Both types of graveyards are included as are family burial plots. Here you will find a brief history of each church and graveyard and directions to locate them.
Exploring the Pine Barrens of New Jersey: A Guide (currently out of stock)
$15 / 165 pages / Indexed / Paperback / Spiral Binding
The only comprehensive guide to the Pine Barrens! Now includes places to eat in addition to information about the parks, forests, zoos, museums, memorials, churches, graveyards, towns and villages. References and a reading list further aid you in your study of the Pine Barrens. Over 180 sites and facilities are described! Favorite eating places enable you to have a totally enjoyable day. Directions are given and times facilities are open when appropriate. Exploring the Pine Barrens of New Jersey: A Guide is the only extensive guide to the pinelands available today. The Pine Barrens, one of the most unique areas in the nation, if not the world, emcompasses 22% of New Jersey.
Exploring the Pine Barrens of New Jersey: A Map (currently out of stock)
$7 (buy the set of guide and map for $20 – save $2)
This, the first road map of the Pine Barrens, lists historic sites, parks, forests, zoos, museums, memorials, churches, graveyards, towns and villages. Specific directions are given to enable you to locate each site. Each location is numbered and corresponds to the companion guide, Exploring the Pine Barrens of New Jersey: A Guide. Sold separately or together for a discounted price.
Map with guide (save $2):
Gardening in the Pinelands
$12 / 77 pages / Paperback / Spiral Binding
Native plants used for home landscaping not only insure success (if cared for properly) but preserve the unique vegetation of the Pinelands. Gardening in the Pinelands, whether in New Jersey, New York or Massachusetts, presents unique problems such as coping with sandy, acidic soil and droughts. A plant directory lists 77 plants with botanical and common names, line drawings, fruits or cones, descriptions, and required growing conditions.
The challenges of gardening at the seashore are many. Wind, sand, and salt are each unique problems. Together, they present formidable obstacles to overcome. This book will help you select plants which will thrive under the conditions of salt contamination, high winds, and sandy soil. The information presented here will enable both year-round and part-time residents to select suitable plants and with minimal work, have an attractive property without a costly investment. While the challenges are many, the results are incredibly beautiful flowers and plants that can only be seen along the coast!
Piney Talk (currently out of stock)
Now you can understand “piney talk.” You can “be happy as a skunk in a whirlwind.” Enjoy a “dish of tea.” Visit the “bull pines.” If you visit us, beware of the “sugar sand.” And there are many more terms you might encounter. Here’s the opportunity to learn “piney talk.”
The Bat Book
$6 / 22 pages / Paperback / Spiral Binding
Bats – you love them or hate them! Learn the truth. Bats are really good guys. Encourage bats and you will have a mosquito-free environment. Learn how and, importantly, when to get bats out of your house. Learn facts about bats and diseases. Movies have given us the wrong impression of bats. Bats are unique animals who do more good than harm. Invite them to your garden and enjoy their antics.
Towns Lost But Not Forgotten in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey
$15 / 114 pages / Indexed / Paperback / Spiral Binding
Interest in the Pine Barrens – a 1.1 million acre area that encompasses 22% of the state – increases year by year. The core of this area today is still relatively underdeveloped but at one time was the site of flourishing industries – iron furnaces and forges, glass furnaces, paper mills, saw mills and farming. Today, little remains of the villages which surrounded and supported these industries. The remains of the villages/hamlets/towns are disappearing rapidly. This book is an attempt to educate you about these forgotten towns so that you can appreciate the importance of the active communities once existing in the Pine Barrens. Certain towns, not forgotten, very much alive and important to the Pine Barrrens are also included, primarily as reference points.
Wines and Wineries of New Jersey
$10 / 58 pages / Paperback / Spiral Binding
What a perfect way to spend a day! Visit New Jersey’s wineries, taste their wines, enjoy the beautiful countryside, and learn all about wine making. In this book you will find 17 wineries, all producing award-winning wines. Here are the directions to the winery, hours open, activities and evnts offered, the wines produuced, phone numbers, and a contact person. Enjoy!