History Of Shane's Castle



Near Waterford Works NJ three brothers, Sebastian, Ignatius, and Xavier Woos, settled in 1760 after fleeing their native Germany to escape military service.  They built a log house with walls so well chinked and joints so tight that the settlers came from miles around to inspect it.  The Woos brothers, unable to speak English, said in German that their home was “schoen”, meaning “beautiful.”  Their American neighbors corrupted the word into “shane” and named the place Shane’s Castle.  The brothers found bog iron in the swamps and sent to Germany for ironworkers who erected a furnace.  Religious intolerance compelled the catholic workers to meet secretly at Shane’s Castle, where masses where said by traveling priests.