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The 241st Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The 241st Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat from Fort Lee to New Bridge, The Bridge That Saved A Nation.

On November 20th, 1776, five thousand British, Hessian and Loyalist troops, under command of Lt. Gen. Lord Cornwallis, scaled the Palisades at Lower Closter Dock and marched against Fort Lee. Warned by an alert officer, the American garrison escaped entrapment by safely crossing the Hackensack River at New Bridge, now known as the Bridge That Saved a Nation, and lived to fight another day.

To mark the 241st Anniversary of the “times that try men’s souls,” the Bergen County Historical Society is hosting a weekend of living history and scholarly presentations on November 18 and 19, 2017.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 7 PM Reading of the American Crisis at the Bridge, followed by Lecture at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, Nov. 19: 1 – 4 PM. Countdown to America 250 Lecture: The Townshend Acts. Children’s drills and other military, 18th century activities throughout the site. **

Adults $10, Students (6-22 yr) $7. BCHS members admission free. Refreshments including cider donuts will be available.

Free parking is available or take the train on the Pascack Valley line to “New Bridge Landing” train stop. Walk one block north to Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ. HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB.

The BCHS 1776 Invasion & Retreat map with routes in color and newly discovered information is available for sale in our gift shop at the event. 24″ x 18″ in color on 10 pt card stock.
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Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Historic New Bridge Landing
1201-1209 Main Street
River Edge, NJ 07661 United States
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