The Cedar Bridge Tavern has been restored as a Historic Website by Ocean County. (Photograph by Pat Johnson)
Household to the very last acknowledged skirmish of the American Revolution, the Cedar Bridge Tavern, tucked absent in the Pine Barrens in Barnegat Township, is a historic treasure that provides a glimpse into the previous.
Keenly mindful of its historic importance, Ocean County officials embarked on a multi-year job to maintain the Cedar Bridge Tavern by 1st assembling a team of professionals with an eye towards retaining the historic specifics of the setting up. After the do the job was done and the creating was opened to the general public, guests have been given the prospect to see a host of displays re-generating the bygone era in Ocean County heritage.
All of this function has resulted in Ocean County receiving just one of the 29th Annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards. This year, there are 12 other projects receiving historic preservation accomplishment awards, and a few persons obtaining historic preservation management awards from Preservation New Jersey.
“The Cedar Bridge Tavern gives a exceptional window into the article-industrial forests of the New Jersey Pinelands,” claimed Ocean County Commissioner Virginia E. Haines, who is chair of the Ocean County Division of Parks and Recreation. “We have labored hand in hand with quite a few people and organizations together with the Ocean County Section of Parks and Recreation and the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Fee, in preserving this structure. This award recognizes absolutely everyone that participated in the preservation job.”
The New Jersey Historic Preservation Award acknowledges these exemplary and revolutionary jobs and publications that add substantially to advancing the area of historic preservation and that encourages livable communities in New Jersey. The award was presented at the yearly Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony, becoming held in conjunction with the Preservation New Jersey’s Management Awards, through a digital party on Feb. 19.
“This finished restoration job now stands as a historical showpiece in the county park system,” claimed Gary Quinn, director of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners. “As one particular of the most exact and authentic restorations of this type of structure in New Jersey, we are proud to acknowledge this award for a job that will allow Ocean County to depart a legacy to potential generations.”
The historic tavern sits at an vital 18th-century crossroads of the east-west Old Springfield Road from Springfield in Burlington County to Manahawkin, in what was then Monmouth County. It is also on the unique stagecoach route from the west to the shore.
The multi-12 months renovation venture to the circa-1816 creating with an 1830s kitchen area addition took area beneath the path of the Ocean County Board of Picked Freeholders (now called the Ocean County Board of Commissioners). The Ocean County Division of Parks and Recreation and its Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Ocean County obtained the tavern on Dec. 27, 2007, granting the operator, Rudolph Koenig, a existence estate right until his passing in January 2012. The county then started the do the job of eradicating the non-historic elements from the dwelling. Meanwhile, funded in portion by grants by means of the New Jersey Historic Have faith in, the county hired consultants and contractors to renovate the tavern.
“This venture started underneath the management of the late Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr., who was instrumental in advancing the renovations and preservation,” stated Haines, who is also liaison to Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Fee. “His tough function and commitment to the history of our county has been rewarded. This award is actually recognition of his appreciate for background and for the county.”
As element of the project’s preliminary operate, Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner, principal of Historic Properties Architects LLC of Trenton, carried out a thorough preservation system for the web site, built the designs, managed the prequalification of contractors and oversaw the comprehensive and historically ideal restoration function.
“I am so happy that Cedar Bridge Tavern has been identified for the award,” explained Radcliffe-Trenner. “This is a tribute to the motivation to the highest level of historic preservation and sets a conventional for other people to arrive at.”
The Cedar Bridge Tavern restoration was the end result of in depth architectural and archeological investigate that had resulted in the tavern becoming positioned on the prestigious National Sign up of Historic Places on Aug. 8, 2013. Ocean County celebrated the completion of the restoration at a ribbon reducing ceremony on April 1, 2019.
It is open up to general public tours on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For extra information and facts on the tavern, take a look at Ocean County Parks and Recreation’s web site, oceancountyparks.org, or the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission’s web-site, co.ocean.nj.us.
— Eric Englund