Your South Jersey Podcast
March 29, 2021

How Bridgeton NJ Got It's Name 🖊️

Bridgeton (formerly Bridge Town) 🌉 straddles the tidal Cohansey River and is located near the center of the Delaware Bay lowlands. It derives its name from the original movable bridge that offered the option of regular overland travel on the "King's Highway" across the Cohansey watershed region for the first time in 1716.

Bridgeton Historic District — which covers a quarter of the city — includes more than 2,000 properties, ranging from the early Federal architecture to the 1920s, including many structures eligible for individual listing and some documented by the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) during the 1930s, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is the largest such district of any municipality in New Jersey. 

Although it is visually dominated by large Victorian homes and a downtown area constructed from the 1880s to the 1920s, the district, besides many neighborhoods of ginger breaded "doubles" that were essentially working-class housing, includes several notable structures dating from the 18th century and early Federal period. These include: Potter's Tavern, said to have been built in the 1750s, but restored to its appearance in 1776 when it was home to The Plain Dealer, considered New Jersey's first newspaper; Brearley (Masonic) Lodge, founded by General James Giles in 1795, and still active; the so-called "Nail House" (c. 1815; second build c. 1855), administrative home of the Cumberland Nail & Iron Works that established Bridgeton's industrial prowess in the early nineteenth century; the first Cumberland National Bank building (1816), only the second bank chartered in New Jersey (now part of the Bridgeton Library); and the David Sheppard House (1791), recently restored with assistance from the Garden State Historic Trust and home to the Cousteau Coastal Center of Rutgers University since 2008.

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