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Enjoy our New Video About the History and Ecology of the Newly Preserved Point Breeze in Bordentown, NJ

See the Beauty, Learn the History!

Watch Our Short, New Video about Point Breeze from our Greenway Gala!

The History of Point Breeze, Bordentown, NJ
Click on image above to watch our 7-minute video about Point Breeze.

June 1, 2021 ~ Princeton, NJ – For Immediate Release

Did you miss D&R Greenway’s extraordinary virtual 2021 Greenway Gala?  Even if you did, you can still watch one of the major highlights.  Click the video below to learn about the history and ecology of newly preserved Point Breeze in Bordentown, New Jersey.

Our new video opens with a birds-eye view of Point Breeze, the former Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte estate preserved by the land trust, the City of Bordentown and the New Jersey Green Acres Program at the end of 2020. Using drone photography, viewers see a flyover of the 3,000 acre Abbott Marshlands, on the edge of the Bordentown property, as the title of the video emerges, Preserving Point Breeze, a New Jersey Treasure.
The story of Point Breeze begins with recognition of the land’s 13,000 years of layered history, going back to Native Americans who lived here along the Delaware River and Crosswicks Creek. Chief Mann of the Ramapough Lenape was a guest speaker at D&R Greenway’s recent Gala that celebrated preservation of this land . He spoke about the importance of land to the Lenape, offering seeds and advice for gardens that will be planted at Point Breeze next spring, closing with a traditional blessing for the land and its inhabitants that include all of Earth’s creatures.The ecology of the land and the birds that were observed and perhaps sketched by visitor John James Audubon when he visited his friend Charles Lucien Bonaparte at Point Breeze can be seen in the video. Bonaparte’s gull was named for Charles, a renown ornithologist of his day. The video tells the story of ornithology at Point Breeze, as it showcases the unique features of the property with stunning videography.Most compelling is the story of preservation, as told by Mayor James Lynch of Bordentown City. Recognized with D&R Greenway’s prestigious 2021 Donald B. Jones Conservation Award for championing preservation, Mayor Lynch tells how the land was literally rescued from developers who wanted to build warehouses on this historic property. Speaking of its importance to water quality in the Delaware River, Mayor Lynch says, “It would have been destruction. I lost a lot of sleep over this…it was my mission to preserve this property as best I could from the City side.” He tells how he learned from the former owner, Divine Word Missionaries, who owned the land for 80 years that the property would be sold. “I looked at the building, and I said, Father, that would be a great City hall. And, he looked at me and said, ‘Well, we have some other news for you. Linda Mead of D&R Greenway and the State of New Jersey are already along the process of purchasing the entire property.’ ”

As the video continues, Linda Mead, D&R Greenway CEO and President, shares more of the story, “This was the last piece of land that was open in Bordentown City….Can you imagine if this last piece of open space was built on? We would lose the history, we would lose the ecology…Preserving this property was paramount. It was one of the most important things that D&R Greenway has ever done.”

As the video draws to a close, the Mayor expresses his pleasure that this land has been saved for his community, and the world, “I don’t think I could smile any more. To look back on this…Incredible!”

We were overwhelmed by the reaction of Gala attendees on Sunday. Judging by their words, it was a real hit!  THANK YOU!

“What a delightful and historically informative Gala. It was fabulous!!! Kudos to you all for All the wonderful properties you continue to preserve.”

“You crushed it. Great work! So proud to be associated with D&R Greenway and your amazing efforts.”

“Thank you all for your tireless work and for this wonderfully informative celebration…a great treat!”

“Point Breeze, St. Michael’s Farm–315 preserved properties altogether–protected by D&RG, are testaments to the power that exceptional land trusts can wield to literally define the landscape, history, and future of our country.”

With the public release of the video, Point Breeze, a New Jersey Treasure, everyone can now learn of the importance and value of this property and hear firsthand the passion that drives preservation. Inspired viewers are invited to contact D&R Greenway if they would like to volunteer as docents or gardeners at Point Breeze.

How the Audubon Society Might Instead Have Been the “Bonaparte Society”

 D&R Greenway Trustee Peter Tucci explains in our new video how the Audubon Society might have been named for Charles Lucien Bonaparte, a close friend of the famous John J. Audubon. These early ornithologists spent time together at beautiful Point Breeze, and Audubon created a drawing of the “Bonaparte Gull” which once could be seen regularly at the confluence of the Crosswicks Creek and the Delaware River in Bordentown, NJ.

What’s Next for Point Breeze

D&R Greenway will be working with the City of Bordentown, the Bordentown Historical Society, and the State of New Jersey on creating trails and a museum at the Point Breeze site, scheduled to open this fall. Please consider supporting this important stewardship work by donating to D&R Greenway Land Trust.

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Aerial photo shows newly preserved Point Breeze on the right overlooking the Crosswicks Creek,
and the vital wildlife habitat of the Abbott Marshlands to the left.

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BACKGROUND:

D&R Greenway Land Trust, an accredited nonprofit, has saved over 22,000 acres of New Jersey land since its founding in 1989. By preserving land for life and creating public trails, it gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The land trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for our neighbors—including those most in need. Through strategic land conservation and stewardship, D&R Greenway combats climate change, protects birds and wildlife, and ensures clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway’s mission is centered in connecting land with people from all walks of life.

D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, home to its art galleries in Princeton, is currently closed to ensure health and safety due to COVID, although its outdoor trails and labyrinth are open. Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and www.drgreenway.org to learn about the organization’s latest news and virtual programs. D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540. Best way to reach D&R Greenway Staff during the COVID pandemic is by INFO e-mail, available on the website, or by calling D&R Greenway at 609-578-7470.

 

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