Revolutionary New Bridge Landing

Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 10:00

A wood "New Bridge" draw-bridge was built there in 1744.  New Bridge, NJ, served as a battleground, fort, encampment ground, military headquarters, and intelligence-gathering post in every year of the American Revolution.  The Steuben House (depicted in the adjoined painting), located on the site, is the only surviving building remaining from the 1776 Retreat through Bergen County, the Retreat to Victory.  The house was Washington's HQ while 14,000 soldiers camped nearby for two weeks in 1780.  This strategic crossing was in constant conflict during the war because it was the first bridge above Newark Bay.  The present Pratt-type low-truss swing-bridge opened in 1889 and stands at the historic core of New Bridge, spanning the narrows of the Hackensack River, and occupying the very place of the earlier wood draw-bridge where the Continental Army crossed in 1776.  The bridge was closed to car traffic in 1956 and is listed on the NJ & National Registers as the oldest highway swing-bridge in New Jersey. 

To get there, we will ride through several Bergen County towns on mostly quiet streets and will buy lunch (or you can bring your own) in nearby New Milford to carry with us to the New Bridge historic site where we will enjoy an outdoor social-distanced lunch.  We can then walk around to explore the outdoor site (the historic buildings are currently closed to visitors) before our return trip.  You need to register for the ride for the exact start location to be sent to you.  The ride will start and end in Manhattan.

Please review and adhere to the Five Borough Bicycle Club Temporary Criteria, Rules and Requirements located here: https://5bbc.org/news/5bbc-rides-again-carefully.

 

 

Mileage: 
35-ish
Ride Type: 
Moderate
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