Old Stone Arch Bridge

  • Also Known As: Somerset County Bridge H0711

  • Address: Railroad Ave
  • Vicinity: About 194 ft E of S Main St
  • Neighborhood of Mountain in Bound Brook
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Structure

Constructed circa 1730-1760 to carry the Raritan Road over Green Brook near its confluence with the Raritan River at the village of Bound Brook, the Old Stone Arch Bridge is a three span, rough-cut stone arch structure with buttresses between the arches on the south face. During the 1840s, the channel of Green Brook was altered by railroad construction in the area, and in 1880 the waterway was completely rerouted to the east, leaving only a small drainage channel beneath the Old Stone Arch Bridge. The area surrounding the bridge was filled in the decades that followed. As a result, today much of the Old Stone Arch Bridge lies below-ground. The upper portion of the south parapet wall is visible above-ground; constructed of rough-cut rubble laid in irregular courses with a sandstone capstone, this parapet was added during the nineteenth century. The north parapet has been removed to the level of the roadway, and the north face is completely buried by a sloped embankment rising to a commercial building located on the fill to the north. Portions of the capstone on the south parapet are missing, and all of the capstones were removed on the north side when the parapet was lowered; however, most have been found in the immediate area. Some of the capstones were used to build an extant staircase north of the bridge, and others have been located in the fill surrounding the structure. - NRHP, 27 June 2008



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1730/00/00 Built circa 1730-1760
1777/04/13 Charles Cornwallis British Commander British launched a surprise attack on the American patriots Battle of Bound Brook
1777/04/13 Gen Benjamin Lincoln American Commander British launched a surprise attack on the American patriots Battle of Bound Brook
1781/08/00 Portions of Washington's army march through Bound Brook and over the Stone Arch Bridge en route to Yorktown Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route

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Particulars for Old Stone Arch Bridge:
Bridge Type Arch Bridge
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Structure type Bridge
Area of Significance Engineering
Cultural Affiliation Euro-American
Area of Significance Historic and non-aboriginal
Criteria Historic Event
Criteria Information Potential
Area of Significance Military
Historic Use Road-related
Building Material Stone
Sight Category Structure
Area of Significance Transportation

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 27th June 2008

Registry Name: Old Stone Arch Bridge
Registry Address: Railroad Ave, approximately 194 feet east of South Main St
Registry Number: 08000550
Resource Type: Structure
Owner: Local
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Stone Arch Bridge
Contributing Sites: 1
Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Transportation, Military, Engineering, Historic and non-aboriginal
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering, Information Potential
Cultural Affiliation: Euro-American
Significant Year: 1730, 1777
Historic Function: Transportation
Historic Sub-Function: Road-related
Current Function: Transportation
Current Sub-Function: Road-related

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