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Fourth of July at Historic Potter’s Tavern
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY by visiting the historic Potter’s Tavern on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. You are invited to stop in and tour the Tavern between the hours of 1 to 4 P.M. It is located at 51 West Broad Street in Bridgeton (opposite the Cumberland County Court House) and is certified as a national landmark.
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.