Bergen County Historical Society

Welcome to the School of the Loyalist!

On August 28, 29 & 30, 2015 the Bergen County Historical Society & the recreated 4th Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers will host a weekend of lectures, interpretation, workshops and living history like no other. The American Revolution can rightly be described as America’s first Civil War. The fledgling country was far from unanimous in its drive for independence, with hundreds of thousands of Americans wishing to maintain their allegiance to the British Crown. Bergen County boasted more Loyalists than any other in New Jersey, leading the state’s governor, William Livingston to declare in 1777 that it was “almost totally disaffected!” That is reflected here at the headquarters of the Bergen County Historical Society, Historic New Bridge Landing, the home of Loyalists John Zabriskie and Abraham Van Buskirk.

The 1752 House of Loyalist Captain John Zabriskie, Historic New Bridge Landing.
Please join us for a unique weekend of Loyalist themed classes, displays and history. Loyalist living history groups from across the United States and Canada will take part in bringing the life and times of the common soldier and refugee to life.

From out of town? There is no better place to start discovering New Jersey’s Revolutionary War heritage than here at Historic New Bridge Landing, site of no less than ten battles, skirmishes and encampments, headquarters to both George Washington and British Commander-in-Chief Sir Henry Clinton.

Plan your trip:



Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661.
Mailing address: BCHS, PO Box 55, River Edge, NJ 07661-0055

Historic New Bridge Landing is easily accessible via planes, trains and automobiles. Arriving by air? Newark-Liberty International Airport is located just 35 minutes by car to the south.  

The Pascack Valley NJ Transit rail line not only runs past the site, New Bridge Landing has its own station stop!  Easy connections from Penn Station, Hoboken and Secaucus Junction.  Visit the NJ Transit website for schedules and fares. 




COST: $10 adult; $7 student (6-22 yrs). Two-day pass; $15 adult, $10 student. BCHS members free. Tickets available at the door or purchase by PayPal.

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The School of the Loyalist needs your support!
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While this event is being sponsored in great part by the Bergen County Historical Society and the 4th Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers, additional funding will be required to help make this a truly memorable event.  Our organizations are private, not for profit societies, so no government funding goes into the operations or programming, which means we count on the generosity of organizations, companies and people like you. By donating directly here, your tax-deductable contribution will help cover the costs of speakers, parking, advertising, insurance, and a myriad of other infrastructure costs. Most importantly, your donations will help keep the cost of admission low, allowing everyone a chance to learn our shared history.


Holiday Inn Express
50 NJ Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652

Holiday Inn
2339 NJ Route 4 East
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Best Western
2300 NJ Route 4
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Crowne Plaza Englewood
401 South Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631

Clinton Inn
145 Dean Drive
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Comfort Inn & Suites
211 NJ Route 17 South
Paramus, NJ 07652

Courtyard Marriott
320 NJ Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652


Sanducci’s Trattoria
620 Kinderkamack Road
Suite 2
River Edge, NJ 07661

River Edge Diner
516 Kinderkamack Rd
River Edge, NJ 07661

Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn
105 Old New Bridge Road
New Milford, NJ 07646

Fink’s BBQ Smokehouse
26 West Madison Avenue
Dumont, NJ 07628

Coach House Diner
55 NJ Route 4 East
Hackensack, NJ 07601

The Dog & Cask Craft Pub and Restaurant
55 NJ Route 17 South
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

Poitin Still Irish Restaurant and Pub
774 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Within two miles of New Bridge are a number of chain restaurants and other dining options, including McDonald’s, Applebee’s, TGI Fridays, Miller’s Ale House, PF Chang’s, Au Bon Pain, Cheesecake Factory, Houston’s, Morton’s, Rosa Mexicano, Smash Burger, Oceanaire Seafood Room, Five Guys Burgers, Cinnabon, and many other fine choices.
Consult Google Maps for locations.


Friday August 28th
Ciarco Campus, Bergen Community College, Hackensack. Directions Link.

7:00 PM
Opening Remarks/Kathryn Lake Hogan: A Loyalist in the Family

We are pleased to announce special hours for the Bergen County Historical Society's Library for the School of the Loyalist! Located at the Ciarco Learning Center in Hackensack, the library will be open on Friday, August 28, from 1-5 in the afternoon, and 6-7 at night, prior to Kathryn Lake Hogan's presentation in the same building. For those visiting the area for the first, its a great opportunity to check out some of the society's fantastic collections! Details here

Saturday August 29th
Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge

1:00 PM
Brush Hut Manufacture: McAlpin’s Corps
Artillery Instruction: Royal Artillery
Music Practice

2:00 PM
Todd W. Braisted: Not all Loyalist Regiments were Created Alike

3:30 PM
Field Maneuvers

4:15 PM
New Bridge Landing Tour: Kevin Wright

7:00 PM
Dave Moore
: That Question of Loyalty; how and why some colonists decided to remain loyal to the King.

Sunday August 30th

1:00 PM
Henry Cooke: Extant Revolutionary War Clothing Presentation Artillery Instruction: Royal Artillery

2:00 PM
Lake and River Craft: Scott Lance

2:30 PM
Field Maneuvers

3:15 PM
Closing Remarks

Lecture Info:

“That Question of Loyalty; how and why some colonists decided to remain loyal to the King”

David Moore
was born in Toronto and educated at York University where he earned Honours degrees in History, Political Science and Education. He has taught at a variety of schools in the greater Toronto area, including an inner city school, an arts school and a special education establishment. He taught at Appleby College in Oakville where he was the Head of the Social Sciences department. Mr. Moore was the Commanding Officer of the school Army Cadet Corps and remains a serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Outside of school Mr. Moore has worked with the Museum of Applied Military History since 1979. For his efforts in Historical preservation he was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal by Her Majesty the Queen in 2012. He speaks widely on Canadian History at conferences and historical societies. Recently he was the key note speaker at an international history convention at the University of Windsor; he spoke at the Six Nations History symposium at the Brantford Reverse and the Oakville branch of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He was also the key speaker at the National Parks Service’s commemoration of the Burning of the White House in Washington in 2014. His lecturing has taken him to Russia, the Bahamas, Germany, Britain and the United States. He has published several articles and was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the American Revolution.
A long time political activist and educator, Mr. Moore lives in the historic village of Ancaster, Ontario, Canada.

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A Loyalist in the Family

You've discovered your ancestor was a Loyalist during the American Revolutionary War. Learn the history of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, and how to research your Loyalist ancestry.

Canadian by birth, Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, PLCGS is a professional genealogist, author and educator. Giving back to the genealogy community is important to Kathryn. Currently, she is the Webinar Co-ordinator with the Ontario Genealogical Society, Director-at-Large with the Association of Professional Genealogists, member of the Ontario Chapter APG, and Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada.

With over 15 years of experience, Kathryn has dedicated herself to helping others discover the joys of family history. Her webinars and presentations featuring Canadian research topics appeal to a wide audience of family historians.

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The Cutting Table Advisor: A Workshop on How to properly Cut and Fit Men's Clothing by Henry Cooke

The Loyalist citizen and soldier was as concerned about making a good appearance as any other man of the era. Tailor/Historian Henry Cooke will discuss period techniques in the cutting and construction of men's military and civilian clothing of the Revolutionary era. He will help workshop participants in the proper making and fitting of period men's clothing, based on historical examples and his 30+ years of experience in studying and recreating period clothing. He will also bring examples of period men’s dress from his collection for study, as well as reproduction clothing to illustrate his points.

Henry Cooke has been researching and recreating historical costume since 1980. A historian with a graduate degree in American Social History from Tufts University, he learned to sew at an early age from his mother, a designer and sewing teacher. He began his career making uniform clothing for himself and members of the Tenth Massachusetts Regiment, a re-enactment unit that he helped to found in 1977, and which he led for 18 years. Today, he carries out his business, Historical Costume Services, from his home in Randolph, Mass., in an 1850’s vernacular style house with a “ten footer” ell, which was originally used for bootmaking, the predominant industry of the town.
As a costumer, he has researched and reproduced clothing for both static displays and living history interpretation for living history groups, museums and historic sites, as well as costuming and serving as costume consultant for several historical documentaries. He researched and re-created three suits of George Washington’s clothing for the new museum at Mt. Vernon, VA. He has also clothed and equipped several mannequin displays at the Army's Center for Military History, and other Army museums around the country.
As a student of historic costume spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, he spends considerable time studying original garments in large and small collections throughout the Northeast. In addition to studying garments in collections, he has a small but growing collection of 18th and early 19th century men’s clothing and accessories. He is particularly interested in the “common clothing”, and garments that have seen alterations over time.
A lecturer and historical interpreter, he has lectured on the art of tailoring in 18th century New England, and on various topics on the evolution and construction of men’s historical costume of the 18th and early 19th century. He has also conducted workshops on clothing history and construction for a number of groups and institutions across the United States.
Since 1996 he has broadened his skills to include basic repair and restoration of historical military clothing for dealers and collectors, and institutions such as the USMA West Point Museum which has provided him with additional opportunities to study original garments and their construction.

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“Not Everyone Can Be Mrs. General: Best Practices for Women of the Army” If you had to pack up and run in the middle of the night, could you carry everything you brought with you to an event? Using period images and reproduction objects, this session will examine dress and demeanor, what you carry and how you carry it, and how to achieve an accurate-looking camp. First through clothing, then through skills and extra details, we will consider ways to enhance one’s impression of a person of the “lower sorts” – the female refugees, nurses, and laundresses who represented the majority of women following the army.

Carrie Fellows is the Executive Director of the Hunterdon County (NJ) Cultural & Heritage Commission. Before joining the Commission in October 2014, she served for five years as Executive Director of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown, New Jersey. A Massachusetts native from the Connecticut River Valley, she became part of the living history community in 1989.

Fellows graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a double major in History and English. She attended graduate school in the American Studies program at the College of William and Mary. She has served on the Board of Directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM). Professional interests include domestic history, historic costume and textiles, material culture, and vernacular architecture.

Fellows has presented programs for living history museums from New Hampshire to South Carolina on household tasks – from laundry and foodways to daubing and whitewashing a cabin’s interior – and has lectured on women’s roles in 18th century civilian and military life. As Sergeant of Women for the Augusta County Militia, she participates in multiday backcountry scenarios carrying only what she needs, keeping up with and performing under the same conditions as the men – but wearing stays, a gown, and petticoats.


The Bergen County Historical Society, founded in 1902, and is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

Historic New Bridge Landing: Bergen County's Premier Historic Site
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses including the Zabriskie-Steuben House, a state historic site, Westervelt-Thomas Barn, Tavern, BCHS collections on exhibit including artifacts from the American Revolution, Gift Shop & Out Kitchen.

HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ, only 7 miles from the GW Bridge.
The New Bridge train stop on the Pascack Valley line out of Secaucus Junction is 1 block away.
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