Gem Building

Gem Building (HM16VK)

Location: Frenchtown, NJ 08825 Hunterdon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 31.578', W 75° 3.756'

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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.
HM NumberHM16VK
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 2:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 494697 N 4486175
Decimal Degrees40.52630000, -75.06260000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 31.578', W 75° 3.756'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 31' 34.68" N, 75° 3' 45.36" W
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Area Code(s)908
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10 Bridge St, Frenchtown NJ 08825, US
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