Sign of the Pines: Learning about an historic area

The It’s a Sign of the Pines event will mark its 19th year with a celebration of the Pine Barrens next month.

The idea began as a conversation among friends sitting in a Piney bar about how they could bring like-minded people together to celebrate and maintain the cultural richness of the Pine Barrens.  

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The first weekend gathering, Lines on the Pines 2006, brought together authors, an archaeologist and a photographer whose work reflected or was influenced by the Pines. The annual event has become an opportunity for presenters and community members who attend by the thousands to talk with authors about the newest Pine Barrens-themed books; look over hand-made jewelry made from 19th-century Jersey glass slag; or just chat about the Pines.

For its second event, It’s a Sign of the Pines offered Lines on the Pines for KIDS and Lines on the Pines Goes to College! Classes were offered to children from 6 to 12 at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall in Hammonton, where they discussed the authors, history, and the arts and humanities of the Pine Barrens.

This year’s gathering will be Lines on the Pines 2024: A Celebration of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at Stockton’s campus center. For more information, visit

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