and check out the City’s website


and Bridgeton Main Street’s website

The City of Bridgeton, NJ: a capsule history ../Bridgeton_History.html


Bridgeton’s STAR-STUDDED Historic House Tour will MAKE your Holiday!

In a Historic District that contains over 2000 individual properties--New Jersey’s largest-- a close-up, rare inside look at of some of the best of the best!
20 holiday-decorated historic homes, churches, shops and public buildings conveniently located along a half-mile stretch of East and West Commerce Streets--ALL on the National Register of Historic Places, some individually listed & nationally landmarked.

FOUR Special Displays on the West Side: Photos by Gil Walter at the David Sheppard House; at First Pres Church: Broad Street Cemetery discoveries by historian Jim Bergmann & hand-crafted quilts by Harriet Weber, one of the region’s premier quilters. And at 201 West Commerce (Chance-McCann/the Francis Minch House), centuries of Oyster crafts and memorabilia from the amazing collections of Meghan Wren and the Bayshore Discovery Project.

Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Ride on West Side. Free Parking throughout the tour area!

“Victorian Caroling” by the Original Off Broad Street Players

Contact Bridgeton Main Street at 856-453-8130 OR (cell) 973-864-4001 (Carola Hartley, Executive Director)

GETTING TO BRIDGETON (pdf)Welcome_files/Getting%20to%20Bridgeton.pdf

Bridgeton Christmas Parade (click for website)
Sunday, November 30, 2014 ● 2 pm - 
Commerce Street (West to East)
Floats, Music and Holiday fun! Santa makes his 
first appearance of the season!

First Friday Holiday Shoppe at Gallery 50
Go straight to website
50 E. Commerce Street 
Gifts, crafts, beautiful things to enjoy and to give.

Festival of Lights at City Park:
Friday, December 5 (5-8 PM) & 
Saturday December 6 ● 4-8 pm
At Bridgeton’s Cohanzick Zoo! Decorative lights and holiday displays. Holiday Karaoke! Craft and food vendors! a visit from Santa, and Christmas caroling. ... A little detour from the West Side portion of the House Tour on Saturday!  
Reserved Parking Available (Fee) ../Bridgetons_Christmas_Parade.html

Two overlapping tours run 1-5 and 3-7 pm, respectively. Take one or both--your $20/person ticket opens every door! 

Click above images for more pictures of House Tour sites and sights.

        Contact Bridgeton Main Street for tickets

and more information!..

                   856-453-8130 OR (cell) 973-864-4001

November 19 Press Release

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Historic Bridgeton’s 
Holiday House Tour 
is a cooperative production of the 501c3 non-profit Bridgeton Main Street, the City of Bridgeton & the volunteer home & business owners of this city. 
Photo credits for House Tour Albums: 
David Sheppard House: Sam Feinstein; 
Sandi Huster, as cited
Logo & House Tour Graphics: Cindy Williams, 
Main Street New Jersey 
Other photos: Flavia Alaya 
Website  © 2009-2014 Flavia Alaya 

LAST UPDATE: November, 2014

Thanks for a wonderful House Tour---to everyone who shared their homes and helped sell tickets and prepped the town behind the scenes, and to our wonderful guests--all the hardy trekkers who shared the Holiday glory and stood up to Saturday’s rainy weather. 

Like a community work of art, you made it worth all the struggle to create.

And it is a work of art. There is honestly nothing lovelier in Bridgeton than its annual House Tour- convivial and communal yet uniquely individual and personal, all at the same time. This year’s was no exception--a classic tribute to the hard work of folks all over town, and a special tribute to Carola Hartley and her team at Bridgeton Main Street.

That tribute is bittersweet as we say Goodbye to Carola, who packed her last van and left Bridgeton that very day to pursue her career back in her home state of Louisiana.

‘Sorry to see you go’ is the definition of understatement  We were lucky to have you, darlin. You leave so many wonderful memories--so much community spirit.  You leave so many friends--aching and laughing at the same time. (Lord, what WILL we do without Boudreau?)

You will be followed but not replaced.  Your elegant signature is now inscribed on our own life stories. We hope we can nurture the special joy--resilience--grace (and good humor)--under pressure that you brought. That we still need. They were--they are--a model of the possible for Bridgeton community life.

Our parting gift to you?--that we will strive to keep them.  That we will take confidence from the good work you did here. That what was done can be done again. And in the Hartley spirit, always better and better.

See you on the bayou!