Named 2019 as one of 50 Most Charming Small Towns in America by The Travel Channel, also sometimes called 'Antiques Capital of New Jersey.' Delaware River bridge provides easy access to New Hope and other Bucks County river towns, kayaking, rafting and canoeing. Architecture features federal townhouses and Victorian homes. Also located just north of Washington's Crossing, with New Jersey and Pennsylvania state parks on each side of river.
One of Emmanuel Coryell's grandsons, George Coryell who had served as a captain in the Revolutionary War, left the village to relocate to Alexandria, Virginia, where he evidently became a close friend of George Washington as a fellow member of the local Masonic Lodge. Coryell was a participant at Washington's funeral on December 18, 1799, reportedly either as a pallbearer or a carrier of the bier upon which Washington's coffin was placed. In his last years, George Coryell returned to his birthplace, where he died in February 1850.
In 1810, the village name was changed from Coryell’s Ferry, to Lambert’s Ville. The Lambert family had settled between 1735 and 1745 and had built an inn and tavern in the center of the village. US Senator John Lambert during Thomas Jefferson’s administration persuaded the Postal Service to open a post office using the family name as the address for the village and making the inn the family had built as the location of the office with one of Lambert's nephews named as postmaster. The building is now restored as the Lambertville House inn and restaurant.
Other early residents included the Marshall family, who built a home in 1816 which was the boyhood home of James Marshall who in his 20s ventured to California where he was the first discoverer in 1848 of gold at Sutter's Mill. and now serves as a museum in the town center.
Lambertville's location also aided its early growth, first as it was connected to the Delaware & Raritan Canal which conveyed barges transporting coal from Pennsylvania and later by railroad. It also became an industrial center, with factories making toilets, rubber and hairpins. Many jobs also were at the maintenance yards established by the Pennsylvania Railroad.
But toward the end of the nineteenth century and through the 1960s, Lambertville's economy declined with the closing of factories and the Pennsylvania Railroad's relocation of its maintenance yards to Trenton. Gradually, however, its cheap housing and vacant vacant retail and commercial space began to attract younger entrepreneurs and families interested in its new shops with art, crafts and antiques along with coffee shops and multi-ethnic dining and bars. The area also became a center for carpenters, masons, plumbers, electricians, roofers, and architects, some starting new specialties in restoration.
* History of Lambertville, Lambertville Historical Society
- Blue Raccoon features furniture from top designers, selection of upholstery styles and fabrics in made-to-order upholstery, rugs, lighting, accessories and accent pieces.
- America Antiques & Design decorative arts showroom collection of 19th and 20th century clock tower dials, architectural antiques, custom furniture, and art.
- A Mano Galleries
art, crafts, jewelry, housewares, pottery, knitware located in former 5 & Dime store
- Gallery Piquel
exhibits original works from over 50 artists through permanent and rotating exhibitions, one of longest-running fine art galleries, includes mix of artworks in variety of mediums from acrylics and oils to bronzes, ceramics, and encaustics. Locally owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Jim and Tamara Cannon.
- Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market, Located one mile south of town on Route 29, one of 10 Best Antique Shops in NJ, TripAdviser.com and one of few NJ flea markets open year-round, provides large outdoor and indoor market of furniture, art, ceramics, antiques, collectibles.
Free guided walking tours by Lambertville Historical Society held 1st Sunday each month April through October or other times by appointment
* . Things to Do in Lambertville.TripAdvisor.com
* In Lambertville, antique treasures abound, October 2019, NJMonthly.com
* Revolutionary War Sites in Lambertville, Revolutionary War New Jersey
* Delaware River Tubing, funnewjersey.com