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Foul Rift, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
View of Martins Creek Power Station and the Delaware River from the south end of Foul Rift
View of Martins Creek Power Station and the Delaware River from the south end of Foul Rift
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Warren
Township White
Elevation 73 m (239 ft)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 876430

Foul Rift is an unincorporated community and one-time ghost town located within White Township, in Warren County, New Jersey, United States. Foul Rift had been a cottage community located on the east bank of the Delaware River, 2 mi (3.2 km) south of Belvidere.

History

Foul Rift was named after the rapids along that stretch of the Delaware River. The community began as camp sites, and grew to include summer cottages and year-round rental cottages.

A tract of 1,735 acres (702 ha) was surveyed to William Penn, "extending from the foot of Foul Rift to Hutchison's". Early settlers to Foul Rift purchased land from Penn's heirs in 1740. The Rifton Mills were built there in 1814 in order to harness the fast flowing water at Foul Rift. In 1856, the mills were destroyed by fire.

Between 2004 and 2006, a series of floods destroyed 24 cottages in Foul Rift. The remaining four cottages, owned by Pennsylvania Power and Light, were removed in 2008.


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