Cedar Bridge Tavern Restoration Talk at Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum June 15

By PAT JOHNSON | Jun 05, 2019
Photo by: file photo: Pat Johnson Visitors to the renovated Cedar Bridge Tavern cross the bridge.

Little Egg Harbor — The Cedar Bridge Tavern site located in the pine woods of Barnegat in Ocean County dates from before the Revolutionary War and was recently renovated. On June 15, starting at 2 p.m., Tim Hart, director of the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, will talk about the tavern site and its extensive renovations at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, corner of Wisteria Lane and Leitz Boulevard in Little Egg Harbor.

The tavern site may be the location of the last battle of the Revolutionary War (April 1782) between the Burlington Militia Patriots and the British Loyalists led by Capt. John Bacon. Only one fatality on the Patriots’ side was recorded though there were injuries on both sides, and both claimed the battle as a victory.

Every year on the Sunday closest to Dec. 27, the county cultural and historic commission holds a reenactment of that skirmish. The accommodations had been minimal, and some years the tavern itself was closed to the public.

Three years ago, the Ocean County freeholders appropriated $2.2 million (some of which has been recouped through a series of grants) to complete the preservation, restoration and development of the Cedar Bridge Tavern Revolutionary War site. Hart was instrumental in the historic renovation of the tavern, which includes an outdoor pavilion for classroom activities, handicapped accessible walkways and restrooms, electrical upgrades, and lighting, heating and air-conditioning inside the tavern, all the while keeping the historic experience authentic to the 18th century. The tavern is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.

Hart has been invited by the Tuckerton Historical Society, headquartered in the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum. There is room for about 48 people, so early birds get the chairs. Call 609-294-1547 for more information. Attendance is free, but donations are appreciated. —P.J.

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