Bucks County


Category: History

Yardley's Continental Tavern And Underground Railroad

by Heather McGurrin on February 9, 2024

Bucks County played an important role as a way station and a transportation hub in the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad represented hope for a new life for so many. It was a secret network of hidden and safe places that helped runaways on the journey north. Abolitionists and kind communities, like those in many Bucks County areas, were a part of this incredible movement. My friend…

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By George! Check Out The History On Tap At The Great Barn Taproom

by Jennifer Fritch on September 29, 2023

A short walk down an alley on 12 West Mechanic Street in New Hope is The Great Barn Taproom. This charming tavern, the only farm microbrewery in Bucks County, offers so much more than outstanding craft beer and an outdoor beer garden. The canal-side outdoor space also boasts unique views of the Bucks County Playhouse and exceptional events. On Thursday nights from September through November…

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Family Outings Along the Quaker Meetinghouse Driving Tour

by Louise Feder on December 2, 2022

Visit Bucks County has compiled a list of 12 meetinghouses located throughout the County to create the Quaker Meetinghouse Driving Tour. The driving tour highlights each site’s history and architecture, taking drivers on a unique, scenic trip around the region. The entire driving tour, if done in a single trip, can take most of one day to complete, which sounds like an ideal day to me, but…

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Plan a School Field Trip of the Underground Railroad stops in Bucks County

by Heather McGurrin on August 1, 2022

This summer, Pennsbury, the school district where I teach, offered its first ever field trip (a summer learning opportunity) for staff members through its Partnerships of Diversity courses. By collaborating with The African American Museum of Bucks County, this amazing morning touring the Underground Railroad stops in Bucks County was made possible! There were 40 of us who hopped on a yellow…

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Happy 40th Anniversary to the Wedgwood Inn B&B of New Hope!

by Brittany Brown on April 10, 2022

Forty years ago in April of 1982, Carl and Nadine “Dinie” Glassman took a leap of faith when they saw an opportunity to move together to New Hope and open a bed & breakfast. The small riverside town filled with arts & culture is exactly where they felt their creative natures would thrive. Together, they took over ownership of the 1870 Wedgwood Inn of New Hope. “We come across as ‘The Dynamic…

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The Newtown Theatre Completes Phase I of Renovating its Iconic History

by Amanda Reiser on April 4, 2022

The Newtown Theatre has been a staple in the Newtown community since its inception in the early 19 th century. An Iconic History In 1831, the Newtown Theatre, or “Newtown Hall” as it was referred to back then, was the host to town gatherings and served as a non-sectarian church for traveling ministers. By the 1850s, the Newtown Theatre was in full swing with entertainment offerings like concerts…

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Historic Yardley Borough’s Hidden Figures and Fascinating Facts in Plain Sight

by Shirley Lee Corsey on February 6, 2022

“Hidden-in-plain-sight, meaning – That at some point in time seems to be hidden, but actually is not hidden and is easy to be found.” Three years ago, around this time for Black History Month, I was so honored to tell my 3-part story titled ‘Yardley Through The Years’, sharing photos and documentation about my family, the Lees; an African American family from Historic Yardley Borough. To date…

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A Look Back in Time: Peddler’s Village Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

by Jennifer Rogers Burns on January 22, 2022

Peddler’s Village, a countryside shopping, dining, lodging, and family entertainment destination in the heart of historic Bucks County, that is widely recognized for its popular festivals and events, is celebrating its 60 th anniversary in 2022! Peddler’s Village was created in 1962 by Earl Jamison, an ardent young entrepreneur who foresaw success in melding locally owned specialty shops and…

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Experience History on Christmas Day at the Washington Crossing Reenactment

by Christina Cordaro on December 18, 2021

There is nothing more special and comforting than waking up on Christmas morning to a crackling fire, the tree decorated with presents underneath and festive holiday music playing. This is a favorite family tradition of mine that I look forward to each and every year – and maybe you too! But there is another Christmas tradition that takes place every year to commemorate history right here in Bucks…

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Remembering 9/11 at the Garden of Reflection in Bucks County

by Alexandra Lashner on September 5, 2021

This year, 2021, marks 20 years since the attacks in the U.S. on September 11, 2001. To commemorate the anniversary, tourists and locals are able to pay their respects at a sacred spot in their own backyard: at the Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial is Yardley. They say everyone who lived through 9/11 remembers what they were doing that day. I was only seven years old at the time, so my memories…

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