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Frenchtown in Hunterdon County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gem Building

 
 
Gem Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, March 30, 2012
1. Gem Building Marker
Inscription. Here, in 1755, stood the first store in Frenchtown, then known as Alexandriaville. In 1869, this building and the house to the left were built in the Italianate style for the merchant Oliver Worman. After Worman failed, in 1877, Hugh Warford bought the property. He sold it in 1877 to George and Danial Britton who operated here the largest and best stocked department store in Hunterdon County. (look for the faded remnant of "Britton Bros." painted sign under "Miller's 5 and 10" on the side of the building) In 1931 Wilmont Milbury opened the Gem Theater in the rear, wooden wing. Moviegoers entered through a lobby in the small brick extension to your lefty. The Theater wing was rebuilt, housing apartments and retail stores, in the early 1980's.
 
Location. 40° 31.578′ N, 75° 3.756′ W. Marker is in Frenchtown, New Jersey, in Hunterdon County. Marker is on Bridge Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frenchtown NJ 08825, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frenchtown Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Frenchtown Methodist Episcopal Church (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frenchtown Veterans Monument
Gem Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, March 30, 2012
2. Gem Building Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Frenchtown World War 1 Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lower Agrillite Alley (approx. half a mile away); Frenchtown (approx. half a mile away); Delaware Canal (approx. half a mile away in Pennsylvania); John J. Stover House (approx. 1.5 miles away in Pennsylvania). Click for a list of all markers in Frenchtown.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Gem Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, March 30, 2012
3. Gem Building Marker
Gem Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, March 30, 2012
4. Gem Building Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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