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Bergen County Historical Society : Ackerman-Zabriskie Tide Mill site
Bergen County Historical Society
New Bridge Landing, Good afternoon Bergen County! We hope you are well as the snow storm exits and the sun peaks out. The Bergen County Historical Society was established in 1902, charged with preserving and promoting the County’s rich history as a whole. We are a 501c3 and not a government agency. Over the years, the Society has amassed a collection of over 4,000 unique items that tell the story of Bergen’s first peoples to the present day. 2020 has been a year like no other with historic sites and museums across the country feeling the challenges of Covid 19. Yet the Bergen County Historical Society has been resilient during these times and has continued to march forward as we continue with our mission.
We are excited to announce that the Bergen County Historical Society has purchased the former PSE&G substation property, which is the last undeveloped property in the historic core of Historic New Bridge Landing. Renamed the Ackerman-Zabriskie Tide Mill site, the past support of our members, allowed for this important piece of history to be preserved and now included into the park. This site will not only allow for the interpretation of this important piece of Bergen County and the site’s rich history, but also helps to protect the historic core and Revolutionary War battleground at New Bridge. Again, this would not be possible without your support!
However, we are not done yet! We are in the final stages of preparing to build a proper museum at the site! One that will house our extensive collection highlighting the importance of Bergen County in the development of our state and our nation. The addition of the new museum building will open up new opportunities for telling Bergen’s special story for generations to come in a thoroughly modern interior space. It will also serve as a focal point for offering gathering space and much needed ADA bathrooms for the site, but will also be a location that will then encourage visitors to branch out and explore the other culturally rich areas that the County has to offer.
We thank you for support of our 2020 Year End Appeal and contributing in our efforts to preserve the County’s rich past for future generations. Join us and together, we will be the generation that constructs a museum building to help educate and facilitate discussions about Bergen’s past as a whole.