Historic New Bridge Landing
1201 Main Street
River Edge, NJ 07661
Contact: Bergen County Historical Society
Age recommendation: All Ages
Join the Bergen County Historical Society as they host the 246th anniversary of the Retreat to Victory at Historic New Bridge Landing.
Travel back in time to Nov. 20, 1776, and witness General George Washington and General Nathanael Greene on horseback as they lead the evacuating American troops across "The Bridge that Saved a Nation" to escape the invading British army and defend the New Bridge from the King's forces.
Join BCHS Volunteer Coordinator Kate Reilly for a tour of the New Bridge. The tour will explain how imperative it was for Washington to cross the Hackensack before he could cross the Delaware.
Reenactors will be on site throughout the day performing military drills and talking about military life in the American Revolution.
All three 18th century Jersey Dutch sandstone houses, including the state historic 1752 Steuben House, will be open for tours throughout the day. On display in the Steuben House will be Revolutionary War artifacts from the society's extensive collection, including the recently conserved 246-year-old Charleville Musket found at New Bridge in 1915.
Stop by the Westervelt Thomas barn to see a broom making demonstration.
Take a peek at the treasures in the gift shop while you enjoy donuts and hot cider which will be available for purchase inside the tavern.
Don't forget to visit the society's authentic Jersey Dutch out-kitchen where interpreters will be cooking seasonal 18th century recipes on the open hearth.
Activities for families to include a scavenger hunt with a prize will be available throughout the afternoon.
Face masks are not required but are optional for those who wish to wear them.
Ticket reservations are encouraged. The cost is $12 adults or $7 students, and BCHS members are free. Free parking is available on site, or take the train to the New Bridge Landing station on the Pascack Valley Line.
Dogs are permitted on site on a leash but not in the houses.