Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania
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Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania
House built in 1836
|Elevation||131 ft (40 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||610 and 484 (610 Exchange: 982)|
|GNIS feature ID||1190224|
The unincorporated village of Upper Black Eddy (also referred to as UBE) 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 is officially part of Bridgeton Township which also directly borders adjacent Borough of Milford, Hunterdon County, New Jersey via by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission's free Upper Black Eddy-Milford Bridge over the Delaware River.
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 sprung up quickly, including a shipyard, mule stables, general store and several hotels; the most notable was Upper Black Eddy Inn this was later transformed into Chef Tell's Manor House, which closed in 2004 and demolished in 2010. The UBE portion of the canal was also known as Candy Bend. Origins of that name are unknown.
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.
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The Bridgeton House on the Delaware, a B&B inn, which opened in 1981, 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.
Homestead General Store, the oldest continually operating general store on the Delaware Canal is also located in Upper Black Eddy along with Homestead Coffee Roasters, an artisan coffee roaster specializing in organic and fair trade coffee.
SCUBE (the Squash Club of Upper Black Eddy) is the oldest squash club in Upper Bucks, and regularly hosts international events. (squashclub.us)
Camp Kirby, a Cub Scout resident camp for the Bucks County Council, Boy Scouts of America, is located in Upper Black Eddy. The camp season operates from June through August. The Lions Club operates a deaf camp from June to July, and the Boy Scouts of America operates a Cub Scout camp from July to August.
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.
- Bill White, former Major League Baseball player and executive who later became a sportscaster for the New York Yankees.
- Danny Federici, organ, glockenspiel and accordion player for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
- Leslie Parrish, actress, star of films including The Manchurian Candidate and Li'l Abner.
- Wolfgang Zuckermann lived in Upper Black Eddy for four years and in that time created The Sundance Festival of the Chamber Arts — a cultural summer festival that took place from 1963–67 in Upper Black Eddy in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was the brainchild of the noted harpsichord builder/entrepreneur Wolfgang Zuckermann.
- Shelli Sonstein NYC radio broadcasting legend.