Get to Know Frenchtown
As one familiarizes one’s self with the river towns along the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border, a trend becomes apparent: These charming villages balance natural beauty and sophisticated, small-town living. Frenchtown, an hour and fifteen minutes from both New York and Philadelphia, is a gleaming example of a charming river town.
Frenchtown has gone by a few names over its years. Its current name derives from the French-speaking settlers who arrived around 1800, though there is little, if any, linguistic evidence of these early settlers. Modern Frenchtown grew from a pre-Industrial Age ferry port along the banks of the Delaware River. Ferries would transport travelers, settlers and merchants across the river between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 1841 a covered bridge was constructed connecting the town and Uhlerstown, Tinicum Township, Pa., across the river. This bridge and its subsequent replacements fueled Frenchtown’s growth.
Today, Frenchtown is a photogenic river town with a bustling main street. Its business district is lined with boutique shops, galleries, cafés, the substantial Frenchtown Inn, a farmers’ market, churches, salons and more. With access to the New Jersey canal path, the village is a popular stop for bikers and joggers. Outdoor dining is popular in Frenchtown. It’s a great place to spend a day browsing with time out for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Each July, the town holds a festive Bastille Day celebration on the weekend closest to July 14.
Recently ArtYard opened in town. This is a wide-ranging arts venue for visual and performing arts of all manner. A "don't miss" part of your visit to Frenchtown!
Home options abound. River Mills, a 20-unit townhouse community on the river in Frenchtown, is the most recent residential construction in town. The main residential grid, just outside of the business district, is lined with well-maintained homes. Classic Victorians, single-family detached colonials, brick duplexes and Cape Cods make up these adorable village blocks. Most homes have offstreet parking. Many have front porches just made for sitting and watching the world go by. The quaint size of Frenchtown translates to a very walkable town.
Frenchtown is a great option for those who want to live within a welcoming community that respects the past and embraces the future.
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