The Beachcomber Holiday Guide

Revolutionary War ‘Affair at Cedar Bridge Tavern’ Reenacted

By Pat Johnson | Nov 08, 2019
Photo by: file photo Pat Johnson

Barnegat — This year marks the 237th anniversary of the Affair at Cedar Bridge. Join the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission at the site of the historic Cedar Bridge Tavern on Sunday, Dec. 15, beginning at 1 p.m. for a ceremony commemorating the last documented land engagement of the American Revolution.

This is perhaps the most famous of local battles as the original pitted the infamous Loyalist John Bacon and his band of Pine Barrens robbers versus the patriot Burlington Militia.

Although one patriot was killed and eight men were wounded, there was no real winner of the skirmish that occurred on Dec. 23 in 1782 while peace negotiations were taking place in Paris.

Between three and 15 re-enacters have been known to show up to re-create the battle and show off their military trappings. Black powder demonstrations are given, and a re-created military encampment is often available for inspection.

The rehabilitated Cedar Bridge Tavern, circa 1816, will be open for tours, and there will be crafts for kids.

The Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission provides vans from the Ocean County Recreation Department to shuttle folks to the site at 200 Old Halfway Road in Barnegat. This event is free. There is a rain or snow date of Jan. 5. —P.J.

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