In December 1779 George Washington organized a ring of outposts around New York City to intercept intelligence and sieze illicit commerce. In the early spring raids of 1780, British attacks included New Bridge, Hackensack, Paramus and Hopperstown (Ho-Ho-Kus). In the April raid at Hopperstown, the British estimated they killed 40 Continental soldiers, left 10 wounded Americans and took 51 prisioners, many who were wounded.
The War of Outposts at Historic New Bridge Landing
October 13 and 14, 2012
Saturday 11 am - 4 pm and Sunday 11 am - 3 pm
The event will illustrate the running battles that occurred in Bergen County during the Spring of 1780 and highlight New Bridge Landing as a battlefield. Re-enactors from both sides of the Revolution will be on hand to demonstrate period trades/crafts, cooking, and children's drills. Battle reenactments will occur on both days. Activities include a scavenger hunt with prize. 18th Century Medicine and Sewing demonstrations. Gift Shop, Refreshments in Campbell-Christie House. Visit the working Jersey Dutch outkitchen. All 3 Jersey Dutch sandstone houses have 18th & 19th century artifacts from Bergen County on exhibit. Over 40 reenactors are scheduled to participate.
10:30 AM Drill & Practice Formations
12:30 PM First Battle Begins
2:00 PM Children’s Drill
3:00 PM Second Battle at New Bridge
10:30 AM Morning Drill / Pickets Posted
11:00 AM Music Demonstration / Discussion
12:00 Noon Children’s Drill
1:30 PM Battle at New Bridge
3:00 PM Battles Over
Captain Hugh Munro's Battoe Company (Loyalist Unit) will be arriving in the Battoe Moon from the south on the Hackensack River.
$7 adult, $5 children, (covers both days) BCHS members free.
ALL PROGRAMMING POSSIBLE ONLY THRU YOUR DONATIONS.
On Exhibit at the Steuben House: Tavern sign with Thomas Jefferson's portrait. Margaret Van Horn Dwight, keeping a journal of her journey to Ohio in 1810, noted: “I found it quite amusing to see the variety of paintings on the inn-keepers' signs. I saw one in N. J. with Thos. Jeff’ns. head & shoulders & his name above it…”. This tavern sign formerly hung from an elm tree in front of John A. Hopper’s Tavern in present-day Ho-Ho-Kus. John A. Hopper's house was burned by the British in April 1780.
Size: 70"x 39". BCHS collections.
Event takes place at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ.
Hosted by Outwater's Militia, the 4th NJ Volunteers and the Bergen County Historical Society.