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A PRESIDENTIAL TOUR OF BUCKS COUNTY
Bucks County has always attracted the brightest creative minds from across the country, but did you know Philadelphia's northern countryside is also steeped in presidential history? Trace the footsteps of former Commanders-in-Chief and political figures right in your own backyard. Elect to explore Bucks County and check out these historic sites.
• Relive one of the most important moments of the Revolutionary War in Washington Crossing Historic Park. From this site in Upper Makefield, General George Washington and men of the Continental Army and militia crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776 and marched to Trenton, New Jersey where they attacked and defeated Hessian troops quartered in and around the village. Each year, thousands gather on December 25th to experience a reenactment of this historic crossing.
• Prior to the Christmas Day crossing, General Washington set up his headquarters at Summerseat. After the army had been pushed back into Pennsylvania in early December, Thomas Barclay opened up his Morrisville estate to the future president. The house is open for tours on the first Saturday of every month.
• The Washington Crossing Inn adjoins the spot where General George Washington and his troops assembled before the historic crossing of the Delaware River. George Washington likely dined here before the crossing took place. What better way to put yourself in his shoes than to do the same? Enjoy a cozy dinner by the fireplace or stop by for their delicious brunch.
• Visit the site that once headquartered George Washington and his 11,000 troops. Moland House and the 12-acre park surrounding it in Hartsville were still owned by the Moland family when the Continental Army decided to camp in the area nearby. The house became Washington's Headquarters for nearly two weeks in August of 1777. Take a guided tour of the house or stroll down the park's Nature Trail to be transported back to the colonial era.
• Book a stay in a true Victorian bed and breakfast to experience historical splendor with modern amenities. The 1870 Wedgwood Inn is located just steps from historic downtown New Hope and features a park-like setting any traveler is sure to enjoy. The original portion of the Inn once served as a camp site for General George Washington and the Continental Army in December 1776, just prior to the famous Christmas Eve Crossing of the Delaware River.
• George Washington did not stay at the Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville, but you certainly can. When the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army came looking for a place to stay, he was turned away by the Hotel's inkeeper, who was loyal to the British Crown. President Grover Cleveland, on the other hand, did actually stay at the hotel many times while he was Governor of New York. Plan a luxurious weekend escape in the former president's favorite suite or stop by to enjoy a fine dining experience with gorgeous views of the Delaware River.
• Visit the Pearl S. Buck House and Historic Site, the former home of the philanthropist and Nobel Prize-winning author. Pearl S. Buck's writings and charity efforts were not unnoticed by America's most prominent politicians. Gifts and letters from John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Eleanor Roosevelt and more dignitaries are on display inside her historic estate.
• Take a tour of historic Andalusia, one of several sprawling mansions along the Delaware River. President John Quincy Adams is among the notable names that visited Commodore James Biddle's Greek Revival estate. Tour the home by itself, or book a group outing on the Mansions along the Delaware tour to see even more incredible homes.
• See the impressive collection of Abraham Lincoln artifacts on display at the Bucks County Civil War Museum in Doylestown. Among the rare pieces is the Lincoln life mask, a bronze sclupture cast from a mold of the president's face early in his presidency.
• Presidential visitors have frequented the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa since it was first opened nearly 50 years ago. President Lyndon B. Johnson was in attendance for the site's dedication in 1966, and presidents Ronald Reagan and then-Vice President George H. W. Bush have also visited the holy shrine dedicated to the Polish icon.