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December 01, 2014

Searching for History in Belvidere

 

Belvidere, New Jersey


 We came back for a second visit to pretty Belvidere, New Jersey

We had several goals that day. 

 

One of them was to see the Robert Morris House on Greenwich Street. Robert Morris was one of the signers of The Declaration of Independence

I also wanted to check out the Country Gate Players Playhouse and the downtown area, filled with historic buildings. 

We parked in front of a nice house on Greenwich Street next to the Country Gate Players Playhouse. 

Country Gate Playhouse


We ate lunch at the Thisilldous Eatery

Everyone was very friendly. The sandwich was good.

Belvidere, New Jersey




We admired the John Nicoll House, built c. 1825. He was a clockmaker.

John Nicoll House, Belvidere, New Jersey


John Nicoll House plaque, Belvidere, New Jersey

If you are wondering why we wanted to see the PNC Bank Building, it is because it was originally the First National Bank Building. 

It is a beautiful building, especially on the inside. It was built in 1929, which isn’t old by Belvidere standards, but it is truly a classic bank building. 

 

They have really kept the original interior mostly intact. 

Of course I couldn’t take photos inside because it is a bank, but I will tell you that it has beautifully decorative ceilings, lovely light fixtures, huge windows, and even classic old-school teller cages! 

When the teller noticed me wandering around and gazing at everything, and asked me if I wanted help, I just told her that we just wanted to see the inside of the building, and she laughed knowingly. I told you everyone in this town is so friendly. 

PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


Warren House was built in 1828, on the former site of a log cabin. It is now a Masonic temple.

Warren House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Warren House, Belvidere, New Jersey

We walked back to Greenwich Street. I decided that we now needed to search for the Robert Morris House. 

As we walked back to our car, I realized that we had parked right in front of it! Yes, it was right next to the Country Gate Playhouse! 

In addition to signing The Declaration of Independence, Robert Morris apparently named Belvidere, and was a financier to the American Revolution. 

 

He had this house built for his daughter and gave it to her as a gift for her wedding in 1780.

Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House plaque, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


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Searching for History in Belvidere

December 01, 2014

November 24, 2014

Driving Around Belvidere . . . and beyond

Twin Mills of Belvidere, New Jersey



Last week I showed you the town square of Belvidere, New Jersey, including the Shoe Tree Oak.

This week I'm showing off some interesting buildings that we discovered in Belvidere as we drove around the town.

First up are The Twin Mills of Belvidere: The Major Robert Hoops and the Red Frame Mill. 

 

The Robert Hoops Mill was built in 1790 by Hoops for felt but later converted to a gristmill. The Red Frame Mill was also a gristmill, but owned by someone else.

As a Belvidere, NJ website says:

For many years in the 1900's, the mill and the adjacent Red Frame Mill were both operating simultaneously and independently of each other as feed mills. 


I love the little matching mailbox in front, to the left of the window. 

 

At least that's what I think it is. 

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Robert Hoops Mill, Belvidere, New Jersey


Red Frame Mill, Belvidere, New Jersey


The town clock: 

Town clock of Belvidere, New Jersey


Hotel Belvidere was established in 1831: 

Hotel Belvidere


We then drove down Water Street and ended up on the Riverton-Belvidere Bridge, driving over the Delaware River. 

 

These last few photos were taken from inside the car.

Riverton-Belvidere Bridge


Riverton-Belvidere Bridge


Riverton, Pennsylvania (Lower Bethel Township)


We found ourselves in Riverton, Pennsylvania, a part of Lower Bethel Township, Pennsylvania.

It looked like an interesting town to explore one day, but it was getting late and we drove back to New Jersey, admiring the Delaware River as we drove over it.


The Delaware River


We liked Belvidere so much we decided to come back another day. I'll have those photos next week!

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Driving Around Belvidere . . . and beyond

November 24, 2014