The Oldest Covered Bridge In New Jersey Has Been Around Since 1872
Covered bridges have become a thing of the past. In most states, you’ll find a handful remaining, but New Jersey has just two: Scarborough Bridge in Cherry Hill (built in 1959) and Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge near Stockton (built in 1872). Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge has a rich and fascinating history and can be found on the National Register of Historic Places. Curious to learn more about the oldest covered bridge in New Jersey? Read on!
Have you ever seen Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in New Jersey? Do you enjoy visiting these charming, old-fashioned structures? If you do, you’ll definitely want to these 15 amazing bridges in the Garden State!
Oldest covered bridge in New Jersey
Are there any other covered bridges in New Jersey?
New Jersey is a small state, so we’re not home to the abundance of covered bridges that you’ll find in many other places in the U.S. There are only two authentic covered bridges in the U.S. state of New Jersey: the Green Sergeant Covered Bridge, which we discussed above, and the Scarborough Bridge. New Jersey’s longest covered bridge, the Scarborough Bridge comes in at 84 feet and has a fascinating history, which we share more about in this article. But here’s a sneak peek: the bridge spans Wickecheoke Creek and its name is pronounced sir-gent, after local mill operator Richard Green Sergeant. The bridge was built in 1872 and designed for horses to cross. It was not made for cars, which led to the bridge being disassembled in 1960… but due to a massive public outcry, the bridge was reassembled using original materials in 1961! And this is only the beginning of the story — learn more here!
What’s the tallest bridge in New Jersey?
While New Jersey may not have many covered bridges, we do have lots of fascinating bridges. The tallest bridge in New Jersey is the George Washington Bridge, which crosses over the Hudson River into New York. It is accessed on the Garden State side from the town of Fort Lee. The bridge was opened to traffic in 1931. It originally had one deck (level) with six lanes; the bridge expanded to include eight lanes in the 1940s, and then an additional deck with six lanes (the lower level) was completed in 1962! Read all about this architectural marvel in New Jersey in this article.
What are some of the most beautiful bridges in New Jersey?
While nothing beats a charming, old covered bridge, New Jersey has some incredible bridges that will totally make your jaw drop! Connecting New Jersey to Staten Island, the Bayonne Bridge is the fifth-longest steel arch bridge in the world — and wow, is it a knockout! The Great Falls Bridge, located in Paterson, is a pedestrian bridge that offers unrivaled views of the eponymous waterfall. And the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee connects New Jersey to Manhattan and the rest of the Northeast, and is the busiest motor vehicle bridge in the world!