With the reopening of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, there’s much history to rediscover in Bucks County!
(Bucks County, PA) – Located just 25 miles north of Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was signed, Bucks County is home to countless historic sites. Many events that took place in the countryside have had a dramatic impact on America’s history.
Discover Washington Crossing Historic Park and other famous sites, inns and eateries in Bucks County:
• Follow General George Washington’s footsteps when you visit Washington Crossing Historic Park. See the site where Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night, changing the tide of American history. Visitors are encouraged to explore the many historic buildings throughout the 500-acre park. The new Visitor Center, opening on March 10, will feature 17,000 square feet of space, a 247-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art artifact storage system, dedicated exhibit galleries, an expanded gift shop and a new multi-purpose event and education room.
• Currently being restored, the Pearl S. Buck House is a National Historic Landmark and home of the late Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Good Earth,” Pearl S. Buck. The house will reopen in late June after an 8-year restoration project. Renovations include refinished floors, fresh paint and surfaces, more artifacts on display and new electrical wiring.
• Enjoy all that historian and archaeologist Henry Mercer collected in the architectural wonders Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle. These unique attractions were constructed in the early 1900’s. Discover artifacts from early American trades such as woodworking and agriculture in his six-story concrete castle, Mercer Museum. Fonthill Castle, Mercer’s home, is an eclectic mix of Gothic and Medieval architecture and elaborately adorned with an array of original handcrafted tiles.
• Indulge in a heavenly experience at Marsha Brown Restaurant, a refined Creole kitchen and lounge set in a 125-year-old stone church located directly in the heart of New Hope. The main dining room features 40-foot ceilings, an impressive 30-foot Renaissance-style mural, antique furnishings, stained glass windows and grand staircase leading to an in-tact choir loft.
• The Washington Crossing Inn adjoins the spot where General George Washington assembled his troops before the historic crossing of the Delaware River and is likely where Washington dined before the crossing. The McConkeys, who owned the inn at the time, were instrumental in helping the Continental Army with its daring strategy.
• Channel the musical talent of Oscar Hammerstein II when you stay at Highland Farm Bed & Breakfast. Relax on the wrap-around porch where Hammerstein wrote lyrics for the great American musical, “Oklahoma!” Stay in suites with names like “South Pacific” and “King & I” and enjoy beautiful fireplaces and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
• The Aaron Burr House Bed and Breakfast is an 1873 “Painted Lady” that takes its name from the third Vice President of the United States. After Aaron Burr's infamous and fatal pistol duel with Alexander Hamilton in 1804, Burr escaped to New Hope for safe haven. The inn's stone foundation is all that remains of this pre-Revolutionary War era home where Burr is said to have hid for over a week.
• The Black Bass Hotel is located on the scenic Delaware River, just six miles north of New Hope and boasts a breathtaking river view with nine luxurious suites. Built in the 1740’s, it served as a haven for river travelers, traders and sportsmen. It has been rumored that George Washington knocked on the door and was turned away by the innkeeper, who was loyal to the British Crown.
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About Visit Bucks County
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourist promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the VBC is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to the PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.