The village, which dates from 1766, was originally a center for bog iron production. Today, the restored village gives visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the past.
Start your adventure at the visitor’s center, where you’ll find maps and a cell phone audio tour. Guided tours are available several times a week.
A good jumping-off point is the historic Batsto Village Mansion, originally occupied by noted iron master John Reed, who built the first ironworks here along the Batsto River.
In 1773, he sold the property to John Cox, who made provisions for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
In the 19th century, the mansion was renovated into the elegant Italianate style of architecture by Joseph Wharton, a Philadelphia businessman.
Other owners throughout the 18th and 19th centuries created the village that exists today.
Among the structures open for exploration are the iron furnace, gristmill, sawmill, general store and ice house.