I hope the folks of Lambertville don't take offense at my lighthearted page about their town. Its really a charming little village that is pure historic Americana. If your in the Philadelphia area for a few days and want to escape the hustle of the large city, by all means take a drive up north to New Hope and Lambertville. It will be a welcome relief and a pleasant way to spend a day or two. And while your there check out the noble deer statue. I liked him a lot.
The historic Delaware River runs directly between New Hope ane Lambertville and forms the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On the Lambertville side of the river you will also see the Delaware and Raritan Canal. The canal was completed in 1834 but at the expense of 4,000 Irish immigrants. Cholera broke out and many of the immigrants died and were buried along the banks of the canal. Being of Irish descent I found this part of the cities story interesting to learn. My anscesters immigranted to the US during this time but settled a little more south of this area in North Eastern Maryland. Reading the history and visiting the areas today makes me appreciative of my ancesters and my heritage when I realize the hardships they all went though to settle in this part of the United States.
When I was leaving Lambertville I saw the top of the railway station and almost went into a panic. I thought I was reliving a moment from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. This reminded me so much of the scene where the birds gathered and waited to peck the birdseed out of Tippi Hedrin's hair in the movie.
There are many quaint and beautiful inns, hotels, and resturants in Lambertville. Here is the first one you will see after crossing the river. At first glance it reminded me of the some of the buildings in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Only you can't drink in the streets here and throw beads at ladies from the balcony who lift their blouses. I would imagine they would only get arrested here and leave beadless.
After crossing the bridge you will find many historic houses that have been renovated. Many contain antique stores, bed and breakfasts and restaurants. The one pictured here is the restored historis home of James W. Marshall. Now you may be asking yourself why am I pointing out the Marshall to you. Just who is James W. Marshall? He is actually the man who discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in California in 1848 which set off the famous California Gold Rush.
If your visiting New Hope, Pennsylvania and want to see Lambertville also, you have to cross the bridge. You can drive across or you can walk. We decided to walk. We had just paid $15.00 to park our car for the day in New Hope, so there was no reason to move the car and give up that parking space. Its just a short walk that gives you a great view of the Delaware River and the shore lines of both villages. Its a very nice walk, unless is 97 degrees the day you are in the area. Then its a miserable walk. I do believe we chose one of the hottest days of the summer to visit New Hope and Lambertsville.
The photo here shows Mark crossing the Delaware. This is not to be confused with Washington crossing the Delaware which took place just down stream from here.
At the end of April, Lambertville celebrates a weekend ShadFest. The town celebrates the return of the spawning Shad (a type of fish) up the Delaware River, and the town's cultural and arts community.
It gets pretty crowded during ShadFest but it's great for people-watching and sampling the food, beer, and wine from the businesses in the area.
Walk up and down Union Street and continue on Bridge Street and over the bridge to PA. Lots of shopping, antique shops, gallerys, restaurants, etc.
The town appears to have not changed much in the past 50 years.
Shad Festival - held the each year on the last full weekend in April.
Go to eat Shad cooked various ways. (note: Shad is a strong flavored fish with many bones) There are many outdoor stands set up by restaurants, churches and civic groups where you can try various foods. Some streets are turned into pedistrian only areas containing interesting arts and crafts vendors. Local music groups play throughout the day.
Winter Festival-held with the town of New Hope across the river.
Live size ice carvings, good restaurants, mummer parade. Check the web site for festival dates and activities.