A Brief History of Lambertville and the Lambertville House Hotel, a National Historic Inn
The City of Lambertville, settled in 1705, was originally named Georgetown. John Holcombe, the first settler, was largely responsible for Lambertville’s early development and fought to have the main road from New York to Philadelphia pass through the town.
In 1732, Lambertville was renamed Coryell’s Ferry after Emanuel Coryell, who operated a ferry between Lambertville and New Hope. In 1776-1777, Cornelius Coryell, son of Emanuel and a friend of General George Washington, ferried and hid Washington’s troops along the Delaware. This was just prior to the famous Crossing of the Delaware and the victory at Trenton during the Revolutionary War.
In the early 1800’s, a wooden bridge was built across the Delaware, taking two years to construct at a cost of $69,000. At this time, Captain John Lambert, nephew of the US Senator John Lambert, erected a tavern and hostelry (the present Lambertville House) which first opened its doors in 1812. In addition, Captain Lambert became the first Postmaster and the village was renamed Lambertsville. When the village was incorporated in 1849, the “s” was dropped and it became Lambertville.
Lambertville House through the years has hosted many historical and famous guests, among them President Andrew Johnson, General Ulysses S. Grant, General Tom Thumb, Robert Lincoln, Pearl White and most recently, WW II hero General Chuck Yeager.
We are delighted to welcome you to this historic and beautiful property. Whether you are a guest for business or pleasure, please make yourself at home and allow us to make your stay comfortable and memorable.