Bucks County

CREATIVE BUCKS COUNTY

The Bucks County Visitor Center proudly houses the interactive Creative Bucks County exhibit, a multimedia display gifted from the James A. Michener Art Museum that brings to life the work of 13 of Bucks County's famous artists, authors, playwrights, photographers, lyricists and composers.  

Browse the exhibition's interactive components to learn more about these famous figures and how they helped shape the modern world. Peek through Moss Hart's stage door, listen to the famed tunes of Oscar Hammerstein musicals such as "South Pacific" and "Oklahoma" and pick up Dorothy Parker's phone to hear recitations of her witticisms and poetry.

Featured artists:

• Pearl S. Buck, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Good Earth, called Bucks County home for more than 30 years. Her former home in Perkasie is now the headquarters for her children's charities: Welcome House and Opportunity House.

• Daniel Garber was an American Impressionist landscape painter and member of the art colony in New Hope

• Oscar Hammerstein II, a writer and theatrical producer, was an eight-time Tony Award winner and wrote almost 850 songs, including the title songs to "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma."

• Moss Hart, an American playwright and theater director, retreated to Bucks County to focus on his writing where he became actively involved with the Bucks County Playhouse and collaborated with Broadway veteran George S. Kaufman.

• Edward Hicks was an American folk painter born in Langhorne who specialized in Biblical scenes and history paintings inspired by Bucks County farm life.

• George S. Kaufman, a notable playwright, theater director and producer, lived in Holicong at an elegant farmhouse where he wrote many of his works and collaborated with greats like Moss Hart. His former home is now the Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, a beautiful B&B.

• Henry Mercer, founder of Moravian Pottery & Tile Works and Mercer and Fonthill Museums, was a Doylestown Native who became a leader of the American Arts and Crafts movement.

• James A. Michener, author of more than 40 titles, including Tales of the South Pacific, was a Doylestown native who earned both a Pulitzer Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom for his literary works. He helped establish the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown.

• Dorothy Parker, who came to fame as a poet, short-story writer, critic and screenwriter, called Bucks County home for more than 20 years. Known for her strong fight for civil rights and liberties of minority groups, she left her entire estate to the NAACP upon her death.

• S.J. Perelman was an accomplished humorist who wrote brief pieces for highbrow magazines, including The New Yorker, as well as collaborated on screenplays with his wife, Laura. He and Laura divided their time between New York City and Erwinna, Bucks County.

• Edward Redfield won more awards than any American artist except John Singer Sargent and was acclaimed as the most "American" artist of the New Hope impressionist school.

• Charles Sheeler, known as both a painter and photographer, was a leading modernist in the art world and worked for prestigious publishing firm Conde Nast before developing the painting style known as Precisionism. He painted many of Bucks County's historic barns in this style.

• Jean Toomer was a versatile author associated best with the Harlem Renaissance movement. Later in his life, he retired to Doylestown, Bucks County.