BUCKS COUNTY HISTORY
Famous people and places:
• William Penn: The founder of Pennsylvania made his provincial home in what is now Morrisville, Bucks County. Pennsbury Manor, his mansion along the Delaware River, is now a living history museum.
• Henry Mercer: Founder of Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, this Doylestown native became a leader of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Mercer left a lasting legacy by establishing Mercer and Fonthill Museums in Doylestown after his death.
• Pearl S. Buck: The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Good Earth," Pearl S. Buck called Bucks County home for more than 30 years.
• Stan and Jan Berenstain: Residents of Solebury, the Berenstains wrote and illustrated the famous children's book series, "The Berenstain Bears."
• The Logan Inn in New Hope is the oldest continuously running inn in Bucks County. Established in 1727, it has offered its services to George Washington and his army and is said to be home to at least four ghosts!
• John Fitch built the first steam-powered boat in the U.S. in Warminster in 1785 that went on to transport passengers and freight between Philadelphia and Trenton. A six-foot-long steam-operated model of the first steamboat can now be seen at the John Fitch Steamboat Museum in Warminster.
• According to legend, if you drive your car to the top of "Gravity Hill" in Buckingham and put your car in "neutral," it will roll towards the top of the hill, rather than down.