Congratulations to George G and Port Moresby, who correctly figured out that Gumbo was visiting Lambertville, New Jersey this week.
Lambertville sits along the Delaware River, about 40 miles northeast of Philadelphia. It was a town of small industries as far back as the 1830s when the Delaware and Raritan Canal provided access from the Delaware River to the Raritan River, allowing goods to travel from Philadelphia to the New York City area.
By the 1970’s those industries had left the area, and while the town of New Hope, across the Delaware River in Bucks County, PA, was becoming a tourist destination, Lambertville was becoming a quiet, if somewhat abandoned town. During the 1980s, galleries and B&B’s started to open in the town, and it has developed its own tourism businesses.
The center of town is filled with beautiful old houses, and storefronts that today house art and antique shops. There are good restaurants also. Finally there is the D and R Canal State Park, which offers over 70 miles of developed train alongside the old canal.
Lambertville is a great destination for day trips from the NYC and Philadelphia area, and this time of year is a great time to visit the country.