I don’t know about you… but I’m starting to get a little tired of this weather! It was a somewhat mild winter, up until a few weeks ago. I am looking forward to spring’s arrival and in just a few more weeks, she should be here! At least.. I am crossing my fingers for it. Today, was probably the coldest day of the year and it has me thinking and daydreaming about warmer weather.
My daydream led up to me pondering about the DOD Ponds. This was a site that I stumbled upon while exploring the area. My last visit was just wonderful. The birds were chirping, it was warm and I am a sucker for wildflowers (they’ve got plenty).
I’m taking you on an adventure to…
Pedricktown, New Jersey
Pedricktown boasts a population of 524 residents. In the 1940s, “The Pedrick Family” was a book written to describe the founding members of the town. You got to check out the book if you are a big dork like me.
It mentions that Pedricktown was aptly named for Roger Pedrick. Pedrick purchased a large tract of land from John Fenwick (one of Salem County’s first settlers) in 1674, before he even stepped foot on New Jersey soil. There are still many descendants of Roger Pedrick in the Salem County Area. Anyone a relative out there?
I visited the DOD Ponds in Pedricktown for the first time about 2 years ago. I was scouting locations to put into my Salem County book and I honestly fell in love with this place! It is very serene and peaceful. The roadways are covered in wildflowers everywhere! The water is a nice bluish tint. It’s a place that makes me smile.
These lakes or ponds are located in Pedricktown off of Crown Point Road (Route 130) and are awesome exploring spots on a nice mild day.
The waterways were once sand-mining pits and were later turned into a wonderful recreational area in Salem County. It is a great place to go kayaking or to watch the magnificent South Jersey sunset.
Next door, is Camp Pedricktown. This once grand base is now presently left withering away to the elements.
Disclaimer- Yummy received full permission and access to the Camp Pedricktown site. It was also featured in my Salem County book.
Camp Pedricktown was a DOD site (Department of Defense) up until the mid-1990s and also a Nike missile Base.
Located next to the Delaware River, the Pedricktown Army Air Defense Command Post contained a Missile Master fire distribution capable of controlling all the Nike missile bases within the Philadelphia Defense Area (check out some of the sites online, they are really cool!).
Due to its strategic location, New Jersey played a significant role in the Cold War defense of the entire North American continent!
Within the Garden State, air defense radar sites, bases for interceptor aircraft, anti-aircraft gun batteries, surface to air missile sites, and command and control facilities were constructed to defend against the threat of attack by long-range, nuclear-armed aircraft of the Soviet Union’s Air Force. Yep, we were and still are pretty badass!
You really have to check out both sites, especially the Camp Pedricktown site. This old DOD property is up for sale and I don’t think it will be around much longer! Maybe when it gets a little warmer?
Stay tuned… I have a ton of cool places to get up on this blog! When I say a ton, I’m probably backlogged by about 200 posts to get up on here, if not more!
Until our next adventure, my friends!