Bergen County General Information

General Info

Sitting atop the Hudson Palisades, Fort Lee is the western terminus of the George Washington Bridge. Named for Major General Charles Lee, the current site was once an early American Revolutionary military encampment. Fort Lee also holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the American film industry. Just north of Edgewater, Fort Lee is on the peninsula between the Hackensack River and the Hudson River, bisected by the roads that lead to th e George Washington Bridge. With a population of over 37,000, Fort Lee is just the right size, small enough to have that home town feel, and close enough to major metropolitan areas like New York for that big night out in the big city. Come for a visit, we know you’ll want to stay! To learn more visit:,_New_Jersey



The first recorded reference to the picturesque area atop the Palisades was made by Captain Henry Hudson in 1609. In 1664, the British gained control of that land and others in New Jersey and New York. By 1756, Stephen Bourdette bought 400 acres of land that is present day Edgewater and at the time, Fort Lee was also a part of his property. Mr. Bourdette built a house there that later became General Washington’s headquarters during the American Revolution and became an integral part of the fight for independence from England. Fort Lee became a key player in American history during the 1776 British campaign to control New York City and the Hudson River, when the British planned to dominate the Americas with an overwhelmingly large naval fleet.
Through September and October, the British and American forces were involved in battles at New York City, Harlem Heights, and White Plains. The British then turned their forces against Fort Washington. On November 16, Fort Washington fell to an overwhelming assault by the British. Following the fall of New York to British occupation, the Continental Army crossed the Hudson River and scaled the Palisades to man the fortifications on the bluffs of Fort Lee. Washington designated the area of what is now Monument Park and the Fort Lee Museum as an encampment for his troops.
General Washington, realizing that with the loss of Fort Washington, Fort Lee was of little military value, made preparations to evacuate his remaining army through New Jersey. On November 20, General Cornwallis ferried between 6,000 and 8,000 men across the Hudson River north of Fort Lee. When word of the crossing reached Washington, he ordered the abandonment of Fort Lee and an immediate retreat before his army was cut off and captured by the British. Most of the American supplies and artillery had to be left behind. During these darkest days for the Revolution when it seemed as though the Continental Army could not survive, Thomas Paine, who was in Fort Lee with Washington’s army, wrote the famous words, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Information from:

Fort Lee, NJ Attractions & Activities

Fort Lee Museum
Made from Palisade Blue Stone, the former home of Judge Moore has made a wonderful place for the Fort Lee Museum. It archives material, photos and historical objects that make up the history of this great country. For more information, visit:

Fort Lee Historic Park

Situated on a cliff top bluff where the Continental Army had positioned its batteries over the Hudson in 1776, this 33 acre park is a joining of scenic beauty and history. Come take in the skyline of upper Manhattan and just soak up the history that surrounds you. To learn more visit:
Palisades Interstate Park

More than 100,000 acres of parklands and historic sites wait in the land that was first acquired after its creation in 1900 by New York and New Jersey. For more information, visit:

Parks and Recreation


With eleven parks to choose from, there’s something for everyone to do with facilities that include recreational centers, wading pools, tennis courts and so much more. For a complete list of the parks and their amenities, please visit


Events Calendar

Whether it’s the Arts and Music Festival or the Annual Women’s Dinner, Fort Lee celebrates life year round! For a complete listing of the events, please visit:


Sunday June 7, 2015 Come visit the Fort Lee Street Fair on Main Street.


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                               11 Things To Do Before You Move Into A New House

You’re finally in escrow, packing up your stuff to move it into the home of your dreams,
and the excitement is palpable.
But before you step foot in your new house, there are a few important things you should take care of

1. Change your address You’ll have to stop into your local post office or visit the United States Postal Service’s website to change your address at some point. Doing it early ensures that your mail will make as smooth a transition as you do. A side benefit to changing your address is the coupon package that comes with the form. That 10% off Lowe’s discount will surely come in handy in a new home.

2. Update your contact info Change your address online with creditors, financial institutions, schools, publications, and anyone else that is important. Your change of address form from the post office will forward your mail but going right to the source will ensure your new address is on file.

3. Tell your mailman and say “Thank you” A little consideration goes a long way when it comes to forwarding mail.

4. Change the locks How many of us have moved into a new place and used the same locks and keys that were provided to us? “You really don’t know who else has keys to your home. That ensures you’re the only person who has access. Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith — if you supply the new locks, they typically charge about $20-$30 per lock for labor.

5. Get the house deep cleaned The previous occupants probably cleaned the house or had it cleaned when they left. But is it up to your standards? Get a crew in there before you move in. It’ll be money well spent. Make sure the crew also gets inside the closets, cabinets, and drawers. You don’t want to start your new life with someone else’s crumbs and dust bunnies.

6. Clean the carpets too This is another area where you will probably want to focus a little energy—unless you’re a fan of “germ hotspots,” said Huffington Post. The blog reported that carpets are “botanical and zoological parks…that can be 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat,” said microbiologist Dr. Philip Tierno

7. Call an exterminator Nothing ruins your first night in a new house like critters scurrying across the floor.

8. Research utilities The current providers might be the best (or only) options…but they may not be. Deregulation in some areas means competitive rates for utilities that can pay off for you. Be sure to ask about any new user discounts for cable or satellite, and, also for bundling packages that might be available.

9. Shut off the utilities on the house you’re moving from Sounds like a given, but it’s one of the most common errors people make when moving—an error that can turn out to be costly when you’re paying double utilities.

10. Alert your service providers Let your gardener and anyone else that services your home regularly know you are moving early on. Details like this can be easily overlooked during a move, and giving ample notice will allow them time to try to replace the business if you’re moving out of their service area.

11. Pare down your stuff The only thing worse that having boxes of stuff you don’t use and don’t need crowding your space is carting them from house to house. Days disappear quickly when you’re packing and preparing to move. If you are at all concerned you won’t have time for a garage sale or even to drive to the local donation spot, take advantage of charities that will come to your house and do a pick up. Then all you have to do is haul the stuff to the front porch and bring in your tax receipt once they’re done.