72 Hours for the History Lover
Do you enjoy learning the history of unfamiliar places? Then pack your bags and head back in time with this three-day itinerary through some of Bucks County's historic places. Enjoy a long weekend and dive into this sensational journey that will leave you wanting more!
- Washington Crossing Historic Park cannon
Though touring tickets are currently on hold due to the pandemic, Washington Crossing Historic Park itself is open for passive recreation! Check out the Historic Village, which is open from dawn to dusk for free self-guided tours and passive recreation, as well as the Visitor Center and gift shop, which are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day at limited capacity.
After a day at the park, grab take-out or head inside to dine (limited capacity) at Bowman's Tavern right near the park. Warm up with a hot toddy and some French onion soup, followed by their one-of-a-kind Nashville hot mushroom sandwich.
Rest up for the next two days of your journey and put your head to the pillow at one of Bucks County's charming bed & breakfasts. Enjoy the great hospitality and ambiance at the Inn at Bowman's Hill or the 1870 Wedgwood Inn of New Hope.
- Historic Fallsington
For your second day, head back to New Hope to learn about the historic significance of its surrounding grounds at Locktender's House, the first interpretive center within Delaware Canal State Park. Be sure to save some time to walk along the Delaware Canal Tow Path while you’re there as well!
Head down to lower Bucks County for a walk back in time through the former Quaker-based town of Fallsington. Pamphlets outlining a self-guided, walking tour of the principal significant buildings in Fallsington involves up to two miles of relatively flat walking, and encompasses up to ninety 17th through 19th century structures, of which about 21 are described in the pamphlet.
Dine at the upscale, 18th century restaurant - and one of the oldest continuously operated inns in the area. Enjoy their American continental cuisine while dining on entrees such as Coconut Encrusted Salmon and Logan Inn Fried Chicken.
Before turning in for the night, experience a guided tour of historic sites and their lingering spirits with a ghost tour. Follow along on this hair-raising experience... if you dare.
- Mercer Museum
This secret network of hidden, safe places relied on abolitionists and kind communities to aid runaway slaves 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 visited today. Follow the list to trace the journey that many people took as they sought freedom without even having to get out of your car!
Spend the afternoon touring the Mercer Mile of museums. Named for Doylestown native Henry Chapman Mercer, former archaeologist, philanthropist, tilemaker and more, the “mile” consists of Fonthill Castle, his former home, The Tileworks, his still active tilemaking shop, and the Mercer Museum, which houses 40,000+ artifacts he collected from the Industrial Revolution. Pre-order your tickets online with which time slot you'd like.
Grab one last bite before you head home at this historic building originally built in 1877 for delicious old style tavern fare with a curiously modern accent overlooking beautiful Lake Afton. During construction of the restaurant in 2007, a large chamber was found that is believed to be a tunnel that was part of the Underground Railroad - so you may have driven past this earlier in the day!