If only we’d known the history, we might have napped right here on the bridge

There used to be a load of covered bridges in NJ, but now there’s only one left–in Delaware Township.  It is pretty cute.

It is called Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge, and it has quite a history.  In the days of horse and carriage, drunks from the local tavern would stop their horses right in the wood structure, thinking they were home, and go to sleep.  Now it welcomes motorists and cyclists traveling westbound over Wickecheoke Creek on Rosemont Ringoes Road near Stockton (a regular concrete and stone bridge accommodates eastbounders).

The bridge, named after local mill operator Richard Green Sergeant, was erected in 1872 during the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, and totally rebuilt in 1961 using its original materials. Important note:  the pronunciation of the bridge name is “sir-gent” not “sar-gent.”  Locals will laugh you out of town if you get it wrong.

The Green “Sir-Gent” bridge and its concrete counterpart

We exclaimed with glee when we finally came upon this bridge, since we weren’t sure exactly where to find it.  After driving over the 84-foot covered span, we pulled to the side to take photos, read the historical plaque and, ok, swipe some rocks for the garden from the dry streambed (shh).

Sergeant Bridge Plaque

As the lone remaining of its kind in the state, this bridge is a non-negotiable stop for all Newjerseyologists.