It is rumored that the last skirmish of the American Revolution occurred here on December 27, 1782.

Historic Cedar Bridge Tavern, located on 5 acres and surrounded by Bass River State Forest, dates back to 1816. However, the history of the site reaches much further. The tavern sits at an important 18th-century crossroads of the east-west Old Springfield Road from Springfield in Burlington County to Manahawkin in then Monmouth County. It is on the original stagecoach route from the west to the shore. The road to Egg Harbor (later Little Egg Harbor – Tuckerton) is only a few hundred yards west of the tavern. By 1743, a sawmill, a tavern, and a small village had developed around the bridge over a branch of the Wading River at Cedar Bridge.

The completed tavern and property now stand as a historical showpiece in the Ocean County park system.


200 Old Halfway Rd, Barnegat, NJ 08005


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