Harrisville, New Jersey

Coordinates: 39°39′41″N 74°31′19″W / 39.66139°N 74.52194°W / 39.66139; -74.52194
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Harrisville, New Jersey
Harrisville is located in Burlington County, New Jersey
Location in Burlington County (Inset: Burlington County in New Jersey)
Harrisville is located in New Jersey
Harrisville (New Jersey)
Harrisville is located in the United States
Harrisville (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°39′41″N 74°31′19″W / 39.66139°N 74.52194°W / 39.66139; -74.52194
Country United States
State New Jersey
TownshipBass River
Named forJohn and Richard Harris[1]
Elevation16 ft (5 m)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
GNIS feature ID876972[2]

Harrisville (also called Harrisia or McCartyville[1]) is an unincorporated community and ghost town located about 6 miles (9.7 km) northwest of New Gretna within Bass River Township in Burlington County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey, in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.[2][3]

The first industry in the area of Harrisville comprised two sawmills on the Oswego River (New Jersey), built in about 1750 and 1760 respectively.[4]: 70–71  In 1795, a slitting mill, for cutting iron sheet into strips for nailmaking, was built at the present site of Harrisville by Isaac Potts.[4]: 71  This business was not very successful, and about 1815 it was converted to a paper plant,[1] powered by water brought by a canal from a dam on the Oswego River,[4] a tributary of the Wading River. The town which was built around the factory was originally called McCartyville after the factory owner; when the Harris family bought the factory in 1855, the name was changed to Harrisville. Under the Harris family, Harrisville was a company town, with a grist mill, post office, company store, and free tenant homes for the workers of the paper mill. In 1914, a fire started in Harrisville and destroyed the entire town, leaving only ruins. Only the decayed ruins of this town exist today.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Beck, Henry Charlton (1961) [first published 1936 by E. P. Dutton]. Forgotten Towns of Southern New Jersey (2 ed.). Rutgers University Press. Chapter 23.
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Harrisville
  3. ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed December 28, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Pierce, Arthur D. (1957). Iron in the pines: The story of New Jersey's ghost towns and bog iron. Rutgers University Press. p. 67–83. ISBN 9780813505145.

Further reading[edit]

  • Dellomo, Angelo. Harrisville. Angelo Publishing Company, 1977