Chatsworth, a small village in the New Jersey Pinelands, was known as Shamong until 1901. The community traces its beginning to the early 1700s, when settlers mined and forged bog iron to make cannonballs for the American Revolution, and farming was the primary source of income. In the mid-1800s, Chatsworth was a popular stopping point for stagecoach travelers to the Jersey Shore. The arrival of the railroad removed the remoteness of the village and captured the attention of people throughout the country. Prince Mario Ruspoli de Poggio-Suasa, an attachAA(c) of the Italian embassy in Washington, D.C., built an elegant villa at the lake. Soon after, the exquisite Chatsworth Country Club was built and counted among its membership a sitting vice president of the United States. It was during this period that Chatsworth played a dominant role in the development of the cranberry industry and began attracting hunters and others seeking recreational opportunities in the Pinelands. The cultivated blueberry industry also had its beginnings in Chatsworth in the 1930s.
Title: Book on Chatsworth highlights glory days Author: Paula Scully Publisher: APP.com Date: 07/29/2010 CHATSWORTH Chatsworth, known today for its Cranberry Festival, was once the site of the elite Chatsworth Club, whose members included the Astors, Morgans, Vanderbilts, Biddles, Drexels, Goulds and Levi P. Morton, who served as vice president of the United States from 1889 to 1893 These prominent families were attracted to the town because Prince Mario Ruspoli de Poggio-Suasa was an attache at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and lived here with his wife, a daughter of land speculator Joseph Beers Curtis. The history of Chatsworth is celebrated in a new pictorial book "Chatsworth: Capital of the Pine Barrens" by Ellen V. Fayer, Stan Fayer and Walter A. Brower, published by Arcadia Publishing. The three plan a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. July 31 at "Hot" Diggidy Dog at the corner of routes 532 and 563 in Chatsworth. The Fayers owned and operated Island Camera Center in Surf City for 15 years. Brower, who was born and raised in Chatsworth, is Professor Emeritus of Education and Dean Emeritus of the School of Education at Rider University where he serves as an adjunct professor. He has written professional publications for McGraw-Hill Book Company and historical publications about Rider College, with another history in progress. The three Chatsworth residents received help from the Woodland Township Historical Society, from neighbors and former residents who shared family photographs. Proceeds from the book will be used to beautify Woodlawn Cemetery with wrought-iron fencing. Settlers first came to the area in the 1700s. Shamong, renamed Chatsworth in 1901, was a stagecoach stop between Philadelphia and the Shore. Travelers stayed at the Peacock Inn on Main Street. Visitors and workers lodged at The White Horse Inn. The railroad arrived in 1850. Chatsworth was instrumental in the development of the cranberry industry from the early to mid-1800s. In the next century, Chatsworth became instrumental in the development of the blueberry industry because many residents owned blueberry fields. Brower, who once traveled on The Blue Comet, an elegant commuter train, was one of the first on the scene when it wrecked at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 1939, a mile from Chatsworth Station. The roadbed had washed away after an all-day rain. "There were injuries and one death and that was the cook in the dining car," he said. Fayer said the residents are thrilled to see their family histories in print. "Chatsworth has been portrayed as a rough and rascally town," Fayer said. "A lot of people who came out of here became doctors and lawyers and have gone on to be very successful: Dr. Brower, for example." Brower called the book a labor of love. "It had to be," he said, "because it has to do with my town." "