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Category: History

This B&B in New Hope Hid Aaron Burr after His Famous Duel with Alexander Hamilton

by Brittany Brown on July 1, 2020

“Pardon me, are you Aaron Burr, sir?” Lin Manuel Miranda's earnest voice echoed in my head, as I walked up to the Aaron Burr House in New Hope. According to history, after killing one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, in their famous duel back in 1804, Burr escaped to Bucks County to take shelter at a home that was previously owned by his close friends. This building is now a bed…

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Follow this Haunted Bucks County Driving Tour

by Brittany Brown on June 16, 2020

Established back in 1682, Bucks County has gathered its share of ghostly residents and haunting stories over the last few centuries. The County is home to roaming spirits, haunted roads and unexplained phenomenon. Join me as I embark on a driving tour of more than 20 haunted locations throughout Bucks County! Follow along - if you dare! While driving the entire length of stops will take you a good…

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Kid-Friendly Fun: Following the Footsteps of George Washington

by Jennie Porter on February 10, 2020

“Let’s go around the room and share a fun fact about ourselves”. Ah, the dreaded ice breaker. I’ve learned to avoid the awkward scramble to come up with an answer by keeping a tried and true response locked and loaded: “Growing up, I went to a Revolutionary War summer camp.” For three summers at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, NJ, my sister and I wore tri cornered hats, and marched in the…

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A Unique Look at the Underground Railroad in Bucks County

by Sophia Boschetto on January 27, 2020

For thousands of escaped slaves in the 18 th and 19 th centuries, the Underground Railroad represented hope for a new life. This secret network of hidden, safe places relied on abolitionists and kind communities to aid runaways on their journey northward. Bucks County was home to many important stops on the railroad from taverns and churches to privately owned farms, many of which can still be…

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Newtown Through the Ages: From the 1960s to Today

by Alexandra Lashner on January 6, 2020

It’s been seven years since I’ve been a resident of Bucks County. I was born and raised in Bucks. Both of my parents were born in Northeast Philadelphia and raised in Bucks. My grandparents lived in Philadelphia as well. Even my husband, who was raised in Bucks, has family roots in Philadelphia. So when I went to college in Lancaster County seven years ago, I didn’t think I would be away for so…

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Plan Your Stay: Haunted Hotels in Bucks County

by Christina Cordaro on September 23, 2019

Bucks County is home to historical towns, charming main streets and landmark locations. Yet, Bucks County’s historical past has left behind some spooky tales. There are many hotels, inns and bewitching bed-and-breakfasts that give guests chilling and haunting experiences they will never forget! Below are 5 lodging attractions that have been reported with sights and sounds of the past... 1. King…

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A Ride Through History: One Bike Route, Six Historic Sites

by Brooke Hillman on June 10, 2019

Every corner of Bucks County is brimming with historic landmarks and pre-revolutionary sites, echoing stories of the area’s – and our nation’s – past. Discover these stories and how they shaped the region in this 10-mile bike route through Doylestown, featuring stops at six historic sites along the way. Stop 1: Aldie Mansion This beautiful former home was built for Doylestown residents William…

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Did You Know? Four Facts About Black Americans in Bucks County

by Shirley Lee Corsey on February 10, 2019

In this three-part blog, Bucks County native Shirley (Lee) Corsey recalls life growing up in Yardley Borough as an African American. Her information is based on historic landmarks, newspaper articles, online archives, documented family photos, and first-person oratory. Catch up with Part 1 and Part 2! Visit the Bucks County Visitor Center June 22 - September 7, 2020 to view "Building on a Dream:…

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