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Potter’s Tavern Tour
Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, July 22, 2018
The Cumberland County Historical Society is very excited to announce that the Potter’s Tavern will be open on Sunday, July 8th; Sunday, July 15th; and Sunday, July 22nd between the hours of 1 – 4 P.M. We hope you will join us for a tour of this historical building and explore one of the County’s oldest preserved landmarks. The Tavern is located at 51 West Broad Street, Bridgeton.
Tavern keeper, Matthew Potter, Jr. came to Bridgeton from Philadelphia and opened the tavern in 1773. It became a favorite meeting place for the local young men just before the Revolutionary War. Today, it is one of New Jersey’s most significant historical shrines and is an excellent example of the type of frame houses built in New Jersey during the 17th and 18th century. It was here that the Plain Dealer, Cumberland County’s pioneer newspaper, was published for the purpose of supporting the drive for American liberty from the Crown rule. The fact that Matthew Potter gave a home to the Plain Dealer placed him in personal danger, risking a charge of treason during this time. The distinguished historian, John T. Cunningham, said that the fact the Plain Dealer appeared every Tuesday morning probably made it New Jersey’s first regular “newspaper.”
There were sundry topics in this weekly manuscript that were contributed by members of a Bridgeton literary association. Some of the leading citizens who wrote articles included Dr. Jonathan Elmer, Dr. Lewis Howell, Richard Howell, Ebenezer Elmer, Joseph Bloomfield and Thomas Harris, Jr. (Note: Richard Howell and Joseph Bloomfield later became governors of New Jersey.)
If you have any questions, please call the office of the Cumberland County Historical Society at 856-455-8580.