Bucks County


Did you know Philadelphia's northern countryside is steeped in presidential history? Trace the footsteps of former Commanders-in-Chief and political figures right in your own backyard. 

• Relive one of the most important moments of the Revolutionary War at Washington Crossing Historic Park where General George Washington and men of the Continental Army and militia crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776. Celebrate the former president's 285th birthday Feb. 19 with fun kids activities and cake! 

• Before the Christmas Day crossing, Washington set up his headquarters at Summerseat, Thomas Barclay's estate in Morrisville. The house is open for tours on the first Saturday of every month.

• The Washington Crossing Inn adjoins the spot where Washington and his troops assembled before the historic river crossing. He likely dined here! Enjoy a cozy dinner by the fireplace or stop by for their delicious brunch.

• Visit the site that once headquartered Washington and his 11,000 troops at Moland House and the surrounding 12-acre park. 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 original portion of the 1870 Wedgwood Inn, a Victorian bed and breakfast, once served as a camp site for Washington and the Continental Army.  With history and modern amenities, the inn is steps New Hope. 

• Washington was turned away by the Black Bass Hotel's innkeeper in Lumberville. But President Grover Cleveland stayed 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. See gifts and letters from John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Eleanor Roosevelt on display inside her estate. 

• Take a tour of historic Andalusia, one of several sprawling mansions along the Delaware River. President John Quincy Adams is visited the Greek revival estate. 

• 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 sculpture 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 almost 50 years ago, including President Lyndon B. Johnson, President Ronald Reagan and then-Vice President George H. W. Bush. 

• The Liberty Bell, which tolled for the deaths of presidents, was hidden from the British in Quakertown on its way to Allentown in 1777. President John Adams also pardoned John Fries, of the Fries Rebellion in 1799 in the same town.