I’m never quiet sure what to do with the blue historic markers that tell you about a place that once existed, but nothing remains of the original road, home, barn, etc. So here’s a little post about the significance behind the sign.
The sign is on the corner of Madison Avenue and County Road in Cresskill. The marker says:
In colonial times a crude road led from here to a landing at the Hudson River. According to the reports and maps of Generals Erskine and Wayne this road was used by Cornwallis in attacking Fort Lee on November 20, 1776. On May 10, 1779 it was used by Tories in a devastating raid on homes in this valley. Around 1840 George Huyler improved the road. It became a major route for farm produce going to New York by way of Huyler’s Landing until the coming of the railroad in 1859.
Attack of Fort Lee? From what I’ve read, General Washington’s troops had caught wind of Lord Cornwallis and crew, so fled the area. Cornwallis only got away with some weapons, flour, and supplies, but it wasn’t a true full-out attack. That evacuation and retreat led to Hackensack, and we all remember remember the discussion of the retreat in another post.
According to Revolutionary War New Jersey website, the May 10th date is actually incorrect. It occurred on May 9th and is affiliated with this older post, namingly Douwe Talema (no, I haven’t gone back to take a picture of his headstone still).
George Huyler. Who was he? He was one of the sons of Peter Huyler (his homestead is in Closter) who was a farmer that owned the property. Some of this property is now Huyler’s Landing Trail (which is close or in Alpine according to some hiking websites). You get some view of the Hudson and NYC from the pictures on various sites. Not sure I’m a hiking kind of gal, so I don’t think I would do the hike. Maybe take a picture or two for visual purposes.