Serial: Appletons' journal: a magazine of general literature.
Title: Fort Lee, on the Hudson, Part I [Volume 6, Issue 141, Dec 9, 1871; pp. 660-664]
Author: English, Thomas Dunn
Collection: Making of America Journal Articles
Article URL: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moajrnl/acw8433.1-06.141/664
.FORT LE-E, ONz THE HUDSOI-. FORT LEE, ON THE HUDSON. F I RT ST P A P F P. VIEW OF THE HUDSON, FROM FLAT ROCK, FORT LEE, WITH NEW-YORK CITY IN THE DISTANCE A S the traveller passes up the Hudson, he will observe that at a point nearly opposite Carmansville the masses of rock known as the Palisades, which from below Hloboken recede for some distance from the river, and have their bases studded with towns, villages, and countryseats, are suddenly forced apparently to the edge of the stream by a deep and narrow ravine. Thence they approach so close to the water's edge that their columnar wall seems to rise nearly direct from the bed of the river. In the circular bend made by this change of position lies the older village of Fort Lee, formed by about fifty dwelling-houses, an exceedingly uncomfortable school-house, a shackly building that was once a piano-mianufactory, a dilapidated barn, and four wharves that seem to have been erected about the time that Charles II. gave to his brother that portion of the New Netherlands now known as New Jersey. This is the original settlement which WASHINGTON'S WELL. grouped itself around Berdette's house after the Revolution. The modern portion of the village, embracing the minor hamlets of Coytesville, Taylorsville, Pond Park, and Irishtown, lies upon the summit of the Palisades, and occupies about four square miles. This part contains nearly three hundred and fi:fty buildings, irregularly scattered over the surface, and fashioned after every style of architecture known to civilization, including some erections that seem to be mnodelled after the styles of Kamtchatka and Central Africa. The roads and streets are graded and covered in a way that would break the hearts of MeAdam and Telford, could either of those famous engineers see them in the flesh. It is said that all shoemakers' children wear mean shoes. On the same principle, Fort Lee, which annually exports to Cuba and elsewhere great quantities of the best material for forming admirable roads, contents itself with having the most irregular, [D-E3CEMBEP 9," 660