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

Washington Spring

 
 
Washington Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 19, 2008
1. Washington Spring Marker
Inscription. Howland Avenue divided the farms of miller Cornelius Van Saun to the south and Christian Dederer to the north. Hendrick Banta lived west of Mill Creek. The Continental Army moved into Bergen County in August 1780 to forage for food and to await the French army and fleet for a campaign to drive the British from New York City. From September 4th to the 20th, 1780, about 14,000 American troops encamped on Kinderkamack ridge and environs. Hendrick Banta sold them cider from his mill. His ten-year-old son Cornelius saw Washington three times on his horse. His presence here gave rise to the name of the Washington Spring.
Dedicated in 2005 by the County of Bergen
 
Erected 2005 by Bergen County Historical Society. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the George Washington Slept Here, and the New Jersey, Bergen County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 55.817′ N, 74° 2.834′ W. Marker is in Paramus, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Forest Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Van Saun County Park, off Forest Avenue. It is located across from the entrance to parking area 4. Marker is in this post office area: Paramus NJ 07652, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker in Van Saun County Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 19, 2008
2. Marker in Van Saun County Park
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Washington Spring ( within shouting distance of this marker); Old Spring Valley Burial Ground ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Sluckup ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Borough of River Edge ( approx. 0.7 miles away); French Burying Ground ( approx. one mile away); Demarest-Bloomer House ( approx. one mile away); Site of the French Church and Cemetery ( approx. 1.1 miles away); Jacobus Demarest Homestead ( approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paramus.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bergen County Historical Society. (Submitted on June 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Washington Spring. (Submitted on June 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable PersonsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Washington Spring image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 19, 2008
3. Washington Spring
This spring in Van Saun Park was used as the main water source for the Continental Army during their encampment here in September, 1780. Gen. Washington is believed to have drunk from it on September 13, after reviewing his troops.
Van Saun County Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 19, 2008
4. Van Saun County Park
The marker is located in Van Saun County Park on Forest Avenue in Paramus, to the left of the fork in the entrance road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,717 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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