Visiting here is like stepping back in time. It was founded in 1766 and it's been passed through many hands since it's incorporation. What Batsto is most known for is "The Iron Works" business as they mined bog ore into iron. The village was erected around that and at one time, when the iron business was in full swing, the village housed hundreds of workers. When that dried up they turned to glass making and began exporting windows. In 1876, Joseph Wharton, a Philadelphia businessman, bought Batsto as a retreat and hideaway from the city. The State of New Jersey is now the proud owner of Batsto and Wharton State Forest, so anyone can take a self-guided tour which includes the grist mill, blacksmith shop, general store, sawmill, post office, iron furnace, ice house, the dam and much, much more. Tours of the mansion are also available but only at set times, otherwise it's not open to the general public.