A local garden center recently reopened under a new name “New Bridge Farm & Garden” with even more varieties of plants than the previous establishment.
I stopped by yesterday to chat about where the name “New Bridge” comes from and describe the historic site “Historic New Bridge Landing“ to the manager.
We can be delighted they have survived when so many garden centers are disappearing throughout the state. It’s located on River Rd., New Milford.
This makes the fifth business/public entity (after the vision of the BCHS & Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission) to return this old name to the area, beginning with NJ Transit and the train stop “New Bridge Landing”, “New Bridge Center” at Cherry Hill School, “New Bridge Landing at River Edge” mall on Main Street, and the new “New Bridge Crossing” apartments on Kinderkamack Road, (not counting the rebranding of the hospital.)
Historian Kevin Wright wrote “The name New Bridge came into use when the Paulus Hook Ferry (Jersey City) was established in July 1764 by Michael Cornelisse, making the overland route via New Bridge of considerable use to travelers going to and from Manhattan.” The stage coach facilitated travel and crossed or began at the growing village at New Bridge.
The name New Bridge appears on many maps created during the American Revolution, look for another post I’m working on that subject.
“We stand at another crossroads today, where an enlightened interest and pride in the citizens not only of the Borough of River Edge but also of the County of Bergen and even the nation call out for recognition and honor for this significant place in American history,” written by Wright for a publication/speech in 2008 on the train station renaming that’s on the Pascack Valley Line at River Edge (south).