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The Affair at Cedar Bridge 1782
At this time each year the Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department along with the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Department present, “The Affair at Cedar Bridge,” a reenactment of the last land engagement of the American Revolutionary War that took place at the Cedar Bridge Tavern Historical Site in Barnegat. This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions the event had to be canceled.
Below, we’d like to offer some online content to make up for this cancelation. Here, you will find detailed information and a collection of videos and galleries all related to The Affair at Cedar Bridge.

“The Skirmish at Cedar Bridge.”
The link below is a detailed account of what happened on that fateful day. It gives the background that set up the event and explains the role, and dramatic death of Capt. John Bacon.

GALLERY: “The Affair at Cedar Bridge 2019”
This is a view of last year’s event as we look forward to the one set for 2021.
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Link to gallery:2019 Reenactment Photo Gallery

VIDEO: “The Cedar Bridge Tavern Restoration Project”
Historic Cedar Bridge Tavern, located on 5 acres and surrounded by Bass River State Forest, dates back to 1816. However, the history of the site reaches much further. It is rumored that the last skirmish of the American Revolution occurred here on December 27, 1782. With rehabilitation work completed on the historic Cedar Bridge Tavern in the Pinelands of Barnegat Township, Ocean County now welcomes visitors to a site that plays a part in its history.
Link to video: Cedar Bridge Tavern Restoration Project

VIDEO: “The Diggers at Cedar Bridge”
Diggers was an American reality television series, shown on National Geographic. Filmed in various locations across the United States, the series follows hobbyist metal detectorists “King George” Wyant and his friend Tim “The Ringmaster” Saylor as they travel the United States, looking for historical artifacts. Here is their take on The Affair at Cedar Bridge.
Link to video: National Graphic''s DIGGERS at Cedar Bridge Tavern

GALLERY: “War at the Shore”
In 2015, Asbury Park Press staff photographer Tom Spader visited all the major Revolutionary War sites in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. This gallery, along with its text, shows how much really happened here, at the War at the Jersey Shore.
Link to gallery:War at the Shore: Revolutionary War Sites in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

VIDEO: “One Hundred Years of Wallpaper”
During the restoration project of the Cedar Bridge Tavern, multiple layers of wallpaper were found dating back over one hundred years. Architectural Conservator Christina Burris explains the detailed restoration process and how the different style of paper give a detailed look into the lives and styles of those that once called the tavern home over the years.
Link to Video: 100 Year of Wallpaper at Cedar Bridge Tavern

VIDEO: “American Glass and Cedar Bridge”
The Museum of American Glass in Millville, New Jersey demonstrates the art of making exact replica glasses that would have been used at the tavern.
Link to Video: American Glass & Cedar Bridge Tavern