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Update to The Capital Campaign

Our capital campaign is underway! Our goal to build a 3,750 square foot state-of-the-art Visitor Center building that will serve as the gateway to Historic New Bridge landing is in sight! Construction is slated to begin Fall 2024, but we need your help to fund our initiative. The Historic New Bridge Landing experience will begin at the new visitor center and introduce guests our 13-acre historic landmark site noted for its enduring significance in history. HNBL is known for its pivotal role in the American Revolution, Jersey Dutch colonial history and the histories of Indigenous People, enslaved individuals, free black people and indentured servants associated with the site.


The visitor center will complement the site and blend in with the other 5 historic buildings. Historic New Bridge landing has survived by the stewardship and preservation efforts of the Bergen County Historical Society and the time has come for this new chapter at the site.The new building will be inspiration and offer expansive display space; environmentally controlled storage; interactive and digitalized exhibits; multi-purpose space for educational programming and gathering; and 4 ADA-compliant bathrooms and amenities allowing access for all visitors.

Help make history!

The grounds are open to the public, dawn-to-dusk (free.)


The historic buildings are only open for events. We do charge for events, 100% goes to our mission. Please visit our event page for the latest and greatest info. 

  • Summer Social at HNBL
    Summer Social at HNBL
    Sun, Aug 25
    River Edge
    Aug 25, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    River Edge, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661, USA
    Museum site open for touring. Activities include the 18th century pastime of kite making and flying and ice cream making.
  • BCHS  Lecture Series - Peter Hansenclever & the American Iron Company
    BCHS  Lecture Series - Peter Hansenclever & the American Iron Company
    Thu, Sep 26
    BCHS Lecture Series at HNBL
    Sep 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    BCHS Lecture Series at HNBL, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661, USA
    Historian Hans Niederstrasser on Peter Hansenclever & the American Iron Company. Iron mining in the Long Pond and Ringwood area.
  • The Baron's Octoberfest, 2024
    The Baron's Octoberfest, 2024
    Sat, Sep 28
    River Edge
    Sep 28, 2024, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    River Edge, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661, USA
    Celebration of Major-General Baron von Steuben's Birthday.
  • Retreat to New Bridge, 248th Anniversary
    Retreat to New Bridge, 248th Anniversary
    Sun, Nov 24
    River Edge
    Nov 24, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    River Edge, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661, USA
    The Brigade of the American Revolution & BCHS host this event.

History Scavenger Hunt Challenge at Historic New Bridge Landing

FUN FOR STUDENTS! New metal signs installed 2/19/23! Find the 12 QR code signs at HNBL. Focus your camera phone on the QR code and a link to a 2-minute video will pop up. Tap other QR code (only one time) to click your answer in multiple choice for each sign question. When finished with the list, tap the submit button. You will receive feedback & a history certificate of completion by email in a few days. More info.

New Bridge served as a battleground, fort, encampment ground, military headquarters, and intelligence-gathering post in every year of the American Revolution. The Steuben House, a state historic site, is the only extant building remaining from the 1776 Retreat through Bergen County, the Retreat to Victory. The house was Washington's HQ while 14,000 soldiers camped nearby for 2 weeks in 1780. The State of New Jersey invited the Bergen County Historical Society to make its HQ here in 1939. 

The Bergen County Historical Society is the largest landowner at Historic New Bridge Landing and the largest historical society in New Jersey. Our collections were begun in 1902 when the organization was founded. They represent the largest collection of artifacts and documents reflecting Bergen County History.

Videos Selections:

Historian Kevin W. Wright on "These are The Times that Try Men's Souls."
Filmed in the Steuben House, May 2015 by MidBergenCommunities.
We lost Kevin in October 2016.

About BCHS Collection Artifact:


HNBL Site Improvements
We are delighted to add TD Charitable Foundation!
Capital Campaign Fund:
The Bolger Foundation, Peter O. Hanson and William C. Hanson, Robert Zimick, The Monica and Doug Taylor, Columbia Bank Foundation, Bridge Industrial and PSE&G
Veolia just made a very generous donation!



Bergen County History
The Bergen County Historical Society welcomes those who wish to support our mission which is to collect and preserve data and objects of significance to the history of the United States and to Bergen County in particular, while promoting historical awareness through our programming and publications. We are an independent, volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. 100% of your donation goes to our mission.
Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ

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