Visitor Center Plans Unveiled at Historic New Bridge Landing

Excitement builds as the Bergen County Historical Society unveils the final approved plans for the 3,750 square-foot visitor center and museum at Historic New Bridge Landing. Designed by architectural firm Arcari & Iovino, the center’s vibrant renderings and detailed blueprints aim to boost donor support, getting the project closer to its schedule in the Fall.

Deborah Powell, Chairperson of the BCHS Building Committee, expressed gratitude for the successful launch of the capital campaign last year, “A capital campaign to raise funds for all facets of the project that includes ground-up construction and interior exhibit space launched last year with great success. Individual and corporate donors stepped up to the plate to support us however more funding is needed to ensure this project’s success”

Set among the 13-acre landmark site along the Hackensack River, the new center will integrate with the area’s five historic buildings. Serving as an orientation center to Historic New Bridge Landing, the center will offer essential amenities such as ADA-compliant bathrooms and versatile programming spaces, enhancing the overall visitor experience.

“The new center marks the beginning of the Historic New Bridge Landing journey,” remarked Powell. With interactive exhibits, including digitalized displays and site-specific artifacts, visitors will delve into the rich local history. The center’s second floor will house temperature-controlled collections storage, safeguarding over 4,000 objects of historical significance.

With a capacity exceeding 100 individuals, the center is poised to accommodate diverse groups, from school trips to community events, operating year-round regardless of weather conditions.

Anticipated for completion before the nation’s 250th Anniversary on July 4, 2026, the center will illuminate the region’s pivotal role as a Native American settlement and Colonial stronghold, evolving into a crucial fortification and military command center during the Revolutionary War.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Bergen County Historical Society pledges that 100% of donations directly contribute to realizing the new visitor center and museum. For further details, contact Martha Morley at (201) 493-7996 or visit and explore the Donor link.