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Revolutionary War Weekend: Bergen County: The 1780 War of Outposts.

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Do you know Bergen County was a Revolutionary War battleground?

Reach out and touch the past—perhaps as close as your own backyard—on March 24-25, 2012, at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ 07661, when the Bergen County Historical Society presents Bergen County: The War of Outposts, March 23, 1780. Saturday is free, but donations are welcome! Sunday admission is $7 Adults, $5 Children and BCHS members free.

On Saturday, March 24, from noon to 4:30 PM, members of His Majesty’s 22nd Regiment of Foot and Loyalist 4th Battalion, NJ Volunteers, will perform the day-to-day duties of soldiers, such as sewing, leatherwork, musket maintenance and military drills. The Campbell Christie House, 1201 Main St., with its gift shop will be open. The Zabriskie-Steuben House will open from 2 to 3 PM, when NJ historian Kevin Wright presents a Power Point program on Historic New Bridge: The Bridge That Saved a Nation

On Sunday, March 25, interact with the soldiers and learn about the arms, clothing, food and history of two storied Revolutionary War regiments. At 2 PM, Sunday, March 25th in the Steuben House, join us for an illustrated talk on a British daybreak attack against the Continental outpost at Paramus Church in Ridgewood on March 23, 1780, when British and German troops en route burned the Bergen County Courthouse and home of Sheriff Adam Boyd in Hackensack, converged on 300 Continental troops stationed around Paramus Church and in Ho-Ho-Kus, and then fought a rear-guard battle at New Bridge in River Edge, New Milford and Teaneck. Dr. Henry Bischoff, Todd Braisted, Donald M. Londahl-Smidt, Peggy Norris, Deborah Powell, Joseph Suplicki and Kevin Wright will present their collaborative work to date on the first installment of a Revolutionary War Guidebook to Bergen County, featuring old and new research into maps, military reports, journals, pension applications, newspaper and eye-witness accounts that trace the routes of the raiders and the scenes of battle action for this important episode in the frigid winter of 1779-80, known as the War of Outposts. Discussion of the evidence and input is welcome! Donation: $7 Adults, $5 Children, BCHS members free.

Founded in 1902, the Bergen County Historical Society is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to preserving important evidence of the past and promoting historical literacy through interesting programs and publications. We don't receive public operating support or grants, relying entirely upon private donations, membership dues and volunteer contributions of time and talent.

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