Frenchtown is a picturesque community on the banks of the Delaware River. In the late 1700s, a series of land sales to French-speaking Swiss gave the town its name. The river fostered the town's growth throughout the nineteenth century, bringing railroads and successful businesses like Frenchtown Porcelain Works. Remnants of this industrial past are still visible in places like the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. Visitors and locals admire historic landmarks along Bridge Street, including the Frenchtown Inn and the Hummer Building. Annual celebrations like Bastille Day and RiverFest celebrate the town's home and heritage. Local authors Robert Rando and Caroline Scutt commemorate the unique history of this bucolic New Jersey community.
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About the Author
Caroline Scutt worked as a travel journalist for a decade prior to moving into health care communications. She has authored articles on a variety of topics and her debut novel Some Girls was published in 2013. When she isn't writing, Caroline works as community impact director for United Way of Hunterdon County and is co-owner of the Book Garden in Frenchtown. Caroline also serves as a member of the Frenchtown Borough Council and is active in her beloved riverside community.
Dr. Robert F. Rando began his career at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and over the years has changed locations, traveled for work and relaxation and published extensively in scientific literature. He and his family put down roots in Hunterdon County, where he retired and now co-owns the Book Garden in Frenchtown. He has also published fiction (under a pen name). When not writing history or fiction, Robert produces the River Town Radio Theatre productions, which air on WDVR.
Table of Contents
Foreword Warren Cooper 5
Introduction: Welcome to Frenchtown 11
1 Early Settlement of Hunterdon County: 1700s 13
2 Before Frenchtown There Was a Revolution or Two 23
3 A "French" Town Is Born: Early 1800s 25
4 Growth in a Market Town: 1830s to 1360s 32
5 Post-Civil War Flourishing: 1860s to 1900 54
6 Turn-of-the-Century Frenchtown 70
7 A Sleepy River Town Becomes Modernized 86
8 Times They Are A-Changing: 1980-2000 101
Afterword Elizabeth Gilbert 117
About the Authors 127