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Property Name Cedar Bridge Tavern
Reference Number R_A_13000586
State New Jersey
County Ocean
Town Barnegat Township
Street Address Address Restricted
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/7/2013
Areas of Significance architecture, archaeology
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/R_A_13000586.pdf
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Since the settlement of New Jersey in the 1600s by English-speaking people, taverns and inns provided travelers with meals, refreshments, and accommodations, as well as stabling for their horses. Regulated by colonial law as early as 1709, these ordinaries were licensed yearly by the courts. Whether in rural or urban settings, most taverns were domestic in scale and appearance, not surprising since almost all were dwellings converted for tavern keeping by their owners or operators. Cedar Bridge Tavern in Ocean County, New Jersey, was built about 1816 at what was then the crossroads of two stage routes connecting Mt. Holly in Burlington County with the southern part of Ocean County. Significantly, the original section of Cedar Bridge Tavern retains its early 19th-century bar, a character defining feature not known to survive in any extant Early American New Jersey tavern. It also retains most of its original interior floor plan, including bar room, dining room, and bedrooms, along with most of its original doors, trim, windows, and fireplaces. Within these contexts, the tavern is of statewide significance under criterion C as a well-preserved example of an early 19th-century tavern. Based on the intact nature of historic and pre-historic deposits, the identification of features associated with a possible pre-1840s out kitchen, and the identification of two important related out-building sites opposite the tavern, the Cedar Bridge Tavern site is also significant under Criterion D for its ability to provide information on 19th-century farmsteads, taverns, consumerism, entertainment, Native American lifeways, and foodways in the New Jersey Pinelands region. Further archaeology study might also determine if the last land skirmish of the Revolutionary War was fought here.

 

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