Buzby’s Last Stand

A Pine Barrens icon shuts its doors

A little before three o’clock last Saturday afternoon, November 19, Albertus V. Pepper Jr., age 72, of Chatsworth and Washington “Wash” Orme, 85, of Tabernacle, walked into Buzby’s General Store in Chatsworth, via the commercial kitchen. They were in a state of high animation, shouting back and forth, over and around the heads of fellow patrons. Buzby’s, in the spiritual heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, had been closed (mostly) since last spring when its 87-year-old owner, R. Marilyn Schmidt, fell ill. Marilyn spent most of the summer in the hospital. Friends opened her shop in October for the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival and last Saturday for a fundraiser, to help cover Marilyn’s medical expenses.

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