Revolutionary War Skirmish at Cedar Bridge Tavern Reenacted

Holiday Guide
Nov 10, 2017
Photo by: file photo Pat Johnson

The Christmas season just wouldn’t be Christmas without commemorating the last Revolutionary War battle, the Affair at Cedar Bridge Creek. This year the annual reenactment is held in the pines of Barnegat on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m.

The Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission stages the event with 15 to 20 reenactors who bring the skirmish to life at the site of the Cedar Bridge Tavern, 200 Old Halfway Rd., off Route 72 going west from Stafford and Route 539 going north from Tuckerton.

The Affair at Cedar Creek commemorates the last engagement of the American Revolution. According to the commission, on Dec. 27, 1782, after searching for the notorious pirate of the Pines, Capt. John Bacon, Capt. Richard Shreve of Burlington County Light Horse and Capt. Edward Thomas of the Mansfield militia and their men stopped to refresh themselves at the tavern. Bacon and his band of Loyalists surprised them and blocked their escape. The militia gained the advantage but were then fired upon by a party of locals who came to aid Bacon, and allowed him to escape. One patriot was killed and four were wounded; four Loyalists were wounded, including Bacon.

Come early before the battle to hear the Colonial Singers perform period carols and to learn about black powder muskets. OCCHC Director Tim Hart will tell the story of the battle before the action takes place. The Fife and Drum Corps of the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton will also perform during the battle.

The semi-restored Cedar Bridge Tavern, circa 1750, is still undergoing renovations and will not be open to tour, but re-enactors often set up camp and may even have a campfire.

Cedar Bridge Tavern sits on wooded acreage in the Pine Barrens about a half mile in from Route 642. Park along the entrance to Old Halfway Road as Ocean County vans will be available to shuttle folks to the site of the tavern. Or walk with family in the frosty December air. This OCCHC event is free.  —P.J.



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