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A Country Ball upon the Anniversary of Washington’s Birthday at Historic New Bridge Landing
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm$12
Celebrate the 286th anniversary of Washington’s Birthday at Historic New Bridge Landing, where General George Washington made his headquarters in September 1780, when Continental troops encamped between Van Saun Park in River Edge and Soldier Hill Road in Oradell.
Dance mistress Denise Piccino and the Tricorne Dancers will give two one hour public performances in the Steuben House at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. Ridley & Anne Enslow will provide musical accompaniment on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Throughout the afternoon, Rodger Yaden will portray General George Washington. Hot cider and crullers will be served in the restored 18th-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House, where our gift shop is also located. Visitors may also see open-hearth cooking demonstrated in the Out-Kitchen, featuring meal items that General Washington might have eaten during his stay at New Bridge in 1780 and recipes from Martha’s cookbook. Re-enactors from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment will demonstrate military life. Activities for children include soldier drills, paper dolls and a scavenger hunt.
Historic New Bridge Landing is an American Revolutionary War battleground and includes three Jersey-Dutch sandstone houses, exhibits, tavern, gift shop and outkitchen. A tiger-stripe maple bedstead, reputedly used in a local home where George Washington stayed during the 1780 Steenrapie Encampment, is displayed in the Demarest House. The room in the Steuben House where Washington stayed for ten days during the Steenrapie Encampment is also open for viewing.
$12 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. For more information on the event and membership opportunities, visit the Bergen County Historical Society website.