frenchtown

Posted: June 21, 2014 in New Jersey, Photography
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Frenchtown

Frenchtown hugs the Delaware River about 23 miles north of where George Washington crossed on that bitter Christmas night, 12 miles west of the courthouse where the Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial was held, and a million miles away from the American pastime of tearing down a fascinating past to replace it with a graceless present. A faint musty bouquet kicks up every now and then, no doubt thanks to the omnipresent moving water and the inescapable truth most of the town is old – old sidewalks, old homes, old churches, old everything. The only “new” things are boutique shops and restaurants. They have taken root in repurposed commercial buildings in the tiny shopping district buttressing the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge. But perhaps that is all about to change. A couple of John Deere earthmovers sit silently in a vacant lot off Bridge Street. Although no real progress is apparant they promise construction of a modern townhouse community right in the heart of town. Have Frenchtown’s insular walls finally been breached? Maybe. But then again, maybe not. You see this quiet little hamlet is just far enough removed from most substantive employment opportunities to give any potential newcomer serious pause. The town’s small population has held steady over 140 years with good reason. Let the world constantly morph beyond their boundaries. The people of Frenchtown are quite content to sit back and watch the river flow like it has for many millennia before the area was ever settled. Build if you must, but *that* will not change.

The Frenchtown Inn

Bridge Street businesses

Borough Hall

Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge

Flag Collection

Frenchtown alley


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Comments
  1. I adore these old towns with lots of character and charm. Nice.

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  2. rangewriter says:

    Sounds like a lovely place to retire….maybe that’s what the townhouse community will be marketed to?

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    • John says:

      That’s a real possibility. Still part of me thinks it is aimed at trying to lure younger families to town, a tough sell. Free standing homes are the rule and townhouses seems like a pretty radical exception.

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  3. John says:

    Americans need to learn from our European brethren. And look at you, checking blogs and such!

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  4. I’ve never understood the desired to tear down a lovely old building with character to build a brand spanking new building, especially when the new building is built to look like an old building, but shinier and cleaner.

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  5. deadpoetdormis2 says:

    been there many times, nice quiet town. Across the river is listed as a ‘ghost’ town. That one house (on Pa side) was owned by Jimmy Stewart at one time.

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