- Grounds open daily dawn to dusk
- Guided tours and self-guided tours offered
- Mobile app and map featuring “I Spy Game”
- Special events offered throughout the year
- ADA accessible
- Dogs welcome
- Visit the website for event information including admission costs
Historic New Bridge Landing
1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Historic New Bridge Landing, strategically situated at the narrows of the Hackensack River, preserves a scenic fragment of the New Jersey Dutch countryside and is famed for its compelling role in the Revolutionary War. Historic New Bridge Landing served as a battleground, fort, encampment ground, military headquarters, and an intelligence gathering post. The Steuben House, one of eleven engagements sites located within Historic New Bridge Landing, is a fine example of Bergen Dutch sandstone architecture and served as General George Washington’s headquarters while 14,000 soldiers camped nearby in September 1780. The house was erected by John and Annetje Zabriskie who purchased the Johannes Ackerman mill and farm in 1745 shortly after the construction of the first drawbridge along the Hackensack River. The Steuben House is now the only extant building remaining from the 1776 Retreat through Bergen County, known as the Retreat to Victory.
By the time of the American Revolution, only one-third of the population of Bergen County could claim Netherlandish descent. Africans comprised one-fifth of the population (many who were enslaved); Germans comprised another fifth; while English, French and Scotch-Irish and Scandinavians comprised the remainder.
Since 1939, the Bergen County Historical Society, the largest historical society in New Jersey, has used the Steuben House as its headquarters. The Historical Society has a large collection of artifacts and documents reflecting the history of Bergen County.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
- Take a self-guided walking tour to explore the buildings of Historic New Bridge Landing
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