Closter in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Closter Horseman
He saw the redcoats on the eastern hills. This Closterman who galloped through the mist to warn the troops encamped down the road at Fort Lee. His plow horse carrying him to glory on the most important ride in history, the hinge on which the door of freedom swung.
Dedicated on the 188th Anniversary
of the Famous Ride – Nov. 20, 1964
Location. 40° 57.927′ N, 73° 57.315′ W. Marker is in Closter, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is at the intersection of Closter Dock Road and Piermont Road, on the right when traveling east on Closter Dock Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Closter NJ 07624, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walter Parcells Homestead (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sautes Tave’s Begraven Ground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Douwe Talema (approx. 0.3 miles away); Closter Public School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Demarest Railroad Station (approx. ¾ mile away); Reformed Church of Closter Hilderbrant Naugle House (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Nauglel / Auryansen Cemetery (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Closter.
Also see . . . The unknown story of 'The Closter Horseman'. (Submitted on February 26, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
1. Closter Horseman Controversy
Research conducted by Todd Braisted, former president of the Bergen County Historical Society, puts some doubt on whether the horseman who warned Washington was actually from Closter. According to pension records he reviewed in the National Archives, the person on duty the morning of November 20, 1776 was John Clifford of Hunterdon County. It may well have been Clifford who carried the news of the approaching British troops to Fort Lee.
— Submitted February 26, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 677 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 26, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.