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Established in 1766, Batsto became a prominent iron foundry and was of great military importance to the Patriots' cause during the Revolution. The village's prosperity grew after the war, a time when ironworks, glassworks, a brickyard, a gristmill and a sawmill provided livelihoods for nearly 1,000 people.
Fortunes dwindled when competition from cheap Pennsylvania coal forced the town's more expensive charcoal-fired furnaces to close in 1855. An 1874 fire burned half of Batsto to the ground, but 2 years later wealthy Philadelphia financier Joseph Wharton purchased the town site and the surrounding 100,000 acres.
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Batsto Historic Village
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