Manchester Township - Charcoal Industry

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Manchester Township - Charcoal Industry

Mounds of sod with smoke coming from the top was a common sight in Manchester Township. Early settlers made charcoal by placing a long pole in the ground and piling wood all around it. Chunks of sandy sod were placed over the wood and the wood was ignited and allowed to burn slowly for several days. After the fire was out, the sod was removed and the charcoal was bagged and shipped off to market. Charcoaling was a common industry in Ocean County in the nineteenth century.