Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania

The unincorporated village of Upper Black Eddy (locally referred to as UBE, pronounced Yew-Bee-EE or "Oob" ) is located in northern Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 58 miles (95 kilometers) west south west of New York City and 45 miles (68 kilometer) north of Philadelphia.

Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
House built in 1836
Upper Black Eddy
Coordinates: 40°33′55″N 75°05′59″W
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyBucks
TownshipBridgeton
Elevation
131 ft (40 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
18972
Area code(s)610 and 484 (610 Exchange: 982)
GNIS feature ID1190224[1]

Upper Black Eddy is officially part of Bridgeton Township which also borders the adjacent Borough of Milford, Hunterdon County, New Jersey via the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission's free Upper Black Eddy-Milford Bridge over the Delaware River.

History

Upper Black Eddy originates from the Black family who operated a hotel at this point of Delaware River and did share part of its unique name with the former village of (Lower Black Eddy) now known as Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania.

The village's growth in the early 19th century was due to the opening of the Pennsylvania Canal passing through the village as a result canal-related businesses sprang up quickly, including a shipyard, mule stables, general store and several hotels; the most notable was the Upper Black Eddy Inn. This was later transformed into Chef Tell's Manor House, which closed in 2004 and demolished in 2010.

The Upper Black Eddy portion of the Pennsylvania Canal was also known as "Candy Bend". Origins of that name are unknown but local lore suggests that the Upper Black Eddy Inn also operated as a brothel, and a popular stop for "candy" - a slang term of the time for a prostitute. There is no conclusive evidence to validate this local lore.

Upper Black Eddy has two notable geographic features:

1: Ringing Rocks Park. This is a 4-acre (16,000 m²) boulder field of weathered Diabase rocks, some of which "ring" much like a bell when struck with a hammer. This park also includes Buck County's highest waterfall situated on High Rocks Creek.

2: Nockamixon Cliffs. 400 foot shale cliffs overlooking the Delaware River is located within the Delaware Canal State Park.

Businesses

Homestead General Store, the oldest continually operating general store on the Delaware Canal is located in Upper Black Eddy along with Homestead Coffee Roasters, an artisan coffee roaster specializing in organic and fair trade coffee.

The Bridgeton House on the Delaware, a B&B inn, which opened in 1981[2], continues the tradition of lodging on the Delaware. Upper Black Eddy was supposedly a favored vacation spot for President Grover Cleveland due to his love for fishing[3].

The Narrows Restaurant opened ion River Road n April 2019[4].

Upper Black Eddy is also home to Ajiri Tea, a not-for-profit company that supports education in western Kenya. 100% of netprofits of the company are donated to pay school fees for orphan education in Kisii, Kenya[5].

Sundance: the Festival for the Chamber Arts existed in Upper Black Eddy from 1963 - 1967. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundance_Festival_of_the_Chamber_Arts for details.


Successful Cleanup of the Board Head Farm Superfund Site[6]

The Boarhead Farms Superfund Site is located on a residentially zoned property at 1310 Lonely Cottage Road in Bridgeton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

The current owner, Boarhead Corporation, was incorporated and purchased the property in 1969.  After purchase, Boarhead Corporation began storing and conducting activities that led to the release of hazardous substances to the environment.  In 1970, a fish kill in a nearby stream was traced to releases of wastes from the site.  Early investigations by the Bucks County Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now Department of Environmental Protection) reported, among other observations, liquid wastes stored in 55-gallon drums, tanker trucks or trailers, and various containers, and liquid wastes pooled on the ground.  Disturbed soils were observed, which inspectors believed to be indicators of buried waste.

In September 1976, approximately 34 local residents were evacuated due to the presence of sulfuric acid vapors that emanated from the site.  These observations contributed to an order in October 1976 by the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas for Boarhead Corporation to remove all wastes from the site and prohibit the transport of hazardous substances onto the site at quantities greater than those that would be appropriate for normal household use.  EPA has addressed the releases of hazardous substances through a variety of actions and continues to oversee on-going work, which includes but is not limited to on-going operation and maintenance of a groundwater extraction and treatment system on the site and point-of-entry treatment systems on residential potable wells both on and off the site.

As of 2018, site cleanup is nearly complete, and the property is scheduled to be ready for re-use and redevelopment by July to September 2020[7]


Notable people

References

  1. "Upper Black Eddy". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. "Hotel in Bucks County PA | History of our Top Rated Hotel". Bridgeton House. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  3. Crosette, Barbara (August 13, 1982). "EXPLORING THE UNSPOILED DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  4. "The Narrows". The Narrows. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  5. Tea, Ajiri. "About Us". Ajiri Tea. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  6. "BOARHEAD FARMS Site Profile". cumulis.epa.gov. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  7. "BOARHEAD FARMS Site Profile". cumulis.epa.gov. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
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