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Alpine in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Old Alpine Trail

 
 
Old Alpine Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 8, 2008
1. Old Alpine Trail Marker
Inscription.
Here began
The Old Alpine Trail
used by
the British troops who
first appeared in the
State of New Jersey
on the stormy night
of Nov. 18, 1776 in the
unsuccessful effort of
Cornwallis to intercept
Washington on his way
to Trenton.

 
Erected 1928 by Polly Wyckoff Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 40° 56.831′ N, 73° 55.135′ W. Marker is in Alpine, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker can be reached from Alpine Approach Road. Touch for map. Marker is in the Palisades Interstate Park at the end of the Alpine Approach Road, north of the Alpine Boat Basin. Marker is in this post office area: Alpine NJ 07620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cornwallis Headquarters (here, next to this marker); Untangling Folklore from Fact (a few steps from this marker); Along the Palisades Riverfront (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Closter Dock Road (approx. 0.4
Old Alpine Trail Begins Here image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 8, 2008
2. Old Alpine Trail Begins Here
The marker is at the base of the Palisades on the banks of the Hudson River.
miles away); Benjamin P. Westervelt Homesite (approx. 2 miles away); Huylerís Landing Road (approx. 2.1 miles away); Capít John Huylerís Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away); Douwe Talema (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alpine.
 
Also see . . .
1. On His Lordship's Mysterious Ascent. (Submitted on April 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Kearney House. (Submitted on April 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Revolutionary
 
Old Alpine Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 8, 2008
3. Old Alpine Trail
This trail was used by the British troops under Cornwallis to begin pursuit of Washington's army, then camped at Ft. Lee.
Cornwallis Headquarters image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 8, 2008
4. Cornwallis Headquarters
This house, just south of the marker, was used as a headquarters by Lord Cornwallis.
Blackledge-Kearney House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 8, 2008
5. Blackledge-Kearney House
In recent years, some doubts have been raised as to whether or not Cornwallis actually headquartered here or a few miles south of this location. A plaque proclaiming this as Cornwallis' Headquarters no longer appears on the house.
The Palisades image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 8, 2008
6. The Palisades
The Old Alpine Trail starts at the river's edge and makes the steep climb up the palisades.
The Old Alpine Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photo Courtsey of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, circa 1920s
7. The Old Alpine Trail Marker
The Old Alpine Trail marker was originally attached to the south side of the nearby Kearney House. It can be seen on the left side of the house in this photo.
Dedication of the Old Alpine Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photo Courtsey of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, 1928
8. Dedication of the Old Alpine Trail Marker
The Daughters of the American Revolution unveil the Old Alpine marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,790 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7, 8. submitted on April 30, 2018, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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