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Atlas Obscura presents The Pine Barrens at the Middle of Nowhere festival 2019

  • Whitesbog Historic Village 120 W Whitesbog Road Browns Mills, NJ (map)

Middle of Nowhere 2019

Join Atlas Obscura and Whitesbog Historic Village for an immersive experience in the storied landscape of the New Jersey Pine Barrens through film, music, and artwork in dialogue with the 3000-acre fallowed blueberry and cranberry farm, conceived and curated by filmmaker David Scott Kessler.

The Pine Barrens, once seen as uninhabitable, has been home to many. Believed to be unprofitable, it gave birth to iron and cranberry industries. Faced with development, it flourished into a UNESCO world heritage site. Perceived inhospitable, it sheltered people seeking refuge. These people told stories around campfires that are still shared today, such as that of the Jersey Devil. The Pine Barrens is a living landscape, full of contradictions, a million acres of remote and frequently burning forest within the nation's most densely populated state.

Past scorched pitch pine forests, nestled within Brendan Byrne State Park, is Whitesbog, the birthplace of the commercial blueberry industry. Situated among Whitesbog’s trails, bogs, forests, and farm structures, you will discover contemporary artworks that reflect on the role of the natural world in our modern lives. Then, in the village, enjoy an evening of traditional and experimental music and film.

After the screening, keep the Pine Barrens spirit alive well into the night by camping with us at nearby Mt. Misery, where we will make a bonfire for more music and storytelling.


  • Erik Ruin’s Ominous Cloud Orchestra

  • Live screening of “The Pine Barrens” with live score by the Ruins of Friendship orchestra

  • Laraaji

  • “Pine Barrens” (1975) by Nancy Holt

  • Jackson Pines

  • Grassland Bluegrass Band


  • Steven Earl Weber

  • Kristen Neville Taylor

  • Nick Lenker

  • Rebecca Saylor Sack

  • J. Makary

  • John Vigg

  • J. Alex Schechter
    And Many More


Earlier Event: September 27
Nick Millevoi's Streets of Philadelphia