Durham Township was established in 1775 but the area was settled around 1727 when a group of people formed the Durham Iron Works and built several iron ore furnaces along Durham Creek (now Cooks Creek). These furnaces built and supplied the Revolutionary Army with cannons, canon balls, cooking utensils and various other needs. The Franklin Stove was also cast here. Robert Durham built Durham Boats here (the boat used by George Washington and his army to cross the Delaware River. A replica boat is on exhibit at the historic grist mill (1820). The grist mill was built on the foundation of the iron furnace. The township has also erected a 9-11 monument that displays an I-beam from the World Trade Center. Several antique shops, farm markets, and restaurants surround the area.