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Doylestown is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 27 miles north of Philadelphia.
At the turn of the century in 1900, 3,034 people lived in the borough of Doylestown, and in 1910, 3,304 people lived there. As of the 2000 census, the borough population was 8,227. The borough is the county seat of Bucks County.
HistoryDoylestown's origins date to 1745 when William Doyle obtained a license to build a tavern on what is now the northwest corner of Main and State Street. Known for years as "William Doyle's Tavern", its strategic location at the intersection of the road linking Swede's Ford (Norristown) and Coryell's Ferry (New Hope) (now U.S. Route 202) and the road linking Philadelphia and Easton (now PA Route 611) – allowed the hamlet to blossom into a village. The first church was erected in 1815, followed by the establishment of a succession of congregations throughout the 19th century.
During the first decade of the 19th century discontent developed with the location of the county seat for Bucks County because Newtown was not a central location. The more centrally located Doylestown became the county seat in 1813. An outgrowth of Doylestown's new courthouse was the development of "lawyers row", a collection of Federal-style offices. One positive consequence of early 19th century investment in the new county seat was organized fire protection, which began in 1825 with the Doylestown Fire Engine Company.
In 1838 the Borough of Doylestown was incorporated.
An electric telegraph station was built in 1846 and in 1856 a branch of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was completed to Doylestown. The first gas lights were introduced in 1854. Because of the town's relatively high elevation and a lack of strong water power, substantial industrial development never occurred and Doylestown evolved to have a professional and residential character.
During the mid-nineteenth century several large tracts located east of the courthouse area were subdivided into neighborhoods. The next significant wave of development occurred after the Civil War when the 30-acre (120,000 m2) Magill property to the southwest of the town's core was subdivided for residential lots.
In 1869 Doylestown established a water works. The first telephone line arrived in 1878, the same year that a new courthouse was erected. 1897 saw the first of several trolley lines connecting Doylestown with Willow Grove, Newtown and Easton beginning operation. A private sewer system and treatment plant was authorized in 1903. The Borough took over and expanded sewer service to about three-quarters of the town in 1921.
In the early 20th century, Doylestown became best known to the outside world through the "Tools of the Nation-Maker" museum of the Bucks County Historical Society. Henry Chapman Mercer constructed the reinforced poured concrete building in 1916 to house his collection of mechanical tools and utensils. Upon his death in 1930, Mercer also left his similarly constructed home Fonthill and adjacent "Moravian Pottery and Tile Works", to be operated as a museum. The home was left on the condition that his housekeeper be allowed to live there for the rest of her life. She lived there and gave tours until the mid nineteen-seventies.
By 1931, the advent of the automobile and improved highway service had put the last trolley line out of business and Doylestonians were forced to embrace the automobile as the primary means of travel within the region. The Great Depression took its toll, as many grand old houses constructed a century earlier fell into disrepair. During the 1930s, the Borough also expanded its land area to the north by admission of the tract known as the Doylestown Annex.
LocationUnique in the history of Bucks County townships is that Doylestown Township was formed out of previously existing townships, not carved out of unsurveyed wilderness area. The youngest of Bucks County's townships, Doylestown was made up in 1819 of portions of New Britain, Warwick, and Buckingham Townships, very near the line with Plumstead Township. By 1838 the borough of Doylestown was incorporated from the central core of the twenty-one year old township.
EducationPhysically, Buckingham is the biggest township in the county, covering 33 square miles. Its geography is dominated by Buckingham Mountain which rises to a height of 520 feet, but its landscape is characterized by gently rolling countryside. Blessed by many streams and rich soil, it has yielded bountiful harvests for 300 years.
HistoryBucks County is one of the three "Founder's Counties" defined and named by William Penn. in 1682. Land claimants soon filled the townships in the southernmost part of the county, and in or about 1700, Buckingham Township was opened to settlement.
Physically, Buckingham is the biggest township in the county, covering 33 square miles. Its geography is dominated by Buckingham Mountain which rises to a height of 520 feet, but its landscape is characterized by gently rolling countryside. Blessed by many streams and rich soil, it has yielded bountiful harvests for 300 years.
Prior to European settlement, this area was the home of the Lenni Lenape Indians, and many of our place names – Lahaska, Holicong and Neshaminy, for example – reflect the cadence of their language. Coming at Penn's invitation, English and Welsh Quakers were the principal pioneers in the Township. However, many German-speaking dissenters from high church orthodoxy were also early settlers in the county. As a consequence, the wonderful old stone houses and barns so typical of Bucks County reflect both English and German architectural traditions.
Agriculture has been Buckingham's principal industry since its founding, and the Township still retains a strong farm community. However, since the mid-1970s, there has been a substantial shift in the landscape from rural to suburban. New needs have accompanied the change in character. The Township now provides public parks and recently purchased an additional 40 acres for needed sports fields. The police force has increased threefold to serve a population that grew from almost 9,000 in 1980 to over 16,000 today.
There are Buckingham families who have lived in the Township for generations, but most of us are more recent arrivals. Nonetheless, old and new residents have been united in their desire to preserve the scenic and historic character of the Township. In 1995, voters approved a referendum to borrow $4 million for the purchase of easements on Township farms that prevent their development forever. In 1999, by an even greater margin of support, Buckingham residents approved a second referendum for $9.5 million for the purchase of park land and additional easements. Most recently, in 2008, the voters once again overwhelmingly approved a referendum to borrow an additional $20 million for land preservation. In April 2009, the Township acted on its voters mandate by issuing an additional $7,560,000 in open space general obligation bonds.
There are 3,895 acres of Township farm fields, forests and streams that have now been preserved through the purchase of easements or gifts. Everyone in Buckingham has benefited.
· *The preservation of Buckingham's scenic and historic character enhances the value of all Township properties.
· *Land preservation conserves the waters, woodlands and other natural resources of the Township.
· *Land preservation supports a healthy farm economy which contributes to our quality of life in the Township and to a favorable tax flow.
Land preservation saves the unending, ever-expanding costs of new schools and other services which the development of the protected farms would have required.
LocationLocated in the geographical center of Bucks County, Buckingham Township is flanked by Doylestown Township on the west and Solebury Township to the east.
Lahaska, along Route 202, is the site of a popular local commercial district, with a range of shopping opportunities ranging from flea markets to the upscale shops at Peddler's Village. Pineville, on Route 413 north of Wrightstown Township, is a historic village that is home to the Pineville Tavern, a favorite with many area residents.
Transportation and Local AirportsAirports in the area include the Philadelphia International Airport, Trenton Mercer Airport, and McGuire Air Force Base.
EducationThe Central Bucks School District is located in the heart of Bucks County and is the third largest school district in the state. The K-12 district serves students in the Boroughs of Chalfont, Doylestown and New Britain and Buckingham Township, and Doylestown Township.
Colleges in the area include Delaware Valley College, Bucks County Community College, and The College of New Jersey.
Things for KidsPeace Valley Park
Of its 1,300 acres of public land, Peace Valley Park features the 365-acre Lake Galena, hiking trails, paved trails, wildlife, a nature center, and more.
The kids castle is an 8 story compressed wood castle. It has secret compartments, slides , ropes , bouncy bridges. Parents can just sit by in the ampitheater next to the edfice and relax.
Share in the spirit of imagination with your kids at Sesame Place – where you can experience Sesame Street together through whirling rides, water slides, colorful shows & furry friends. And where you'll discover that sometimes, the best part of their childhood is rediscovering yours.
Let's Bounce Around
As the first Indoor Bounce Party Facility in Bucks County, we have the most experience and the best reputation for entertaining your kids and your guests at the right price! You just need to show up with the cake and we do the rest! Our facility has a neutral design, yet it is festive! So whether you're having a kid's party or an adult party, your guests are sure to have a blast!
Things for EveryoneBuckingham Valley Vineyards
Buckingham Valley was one of the first wineries started under Pennsylvania's Farm Winery Act of 1968, which allowed wineries to sell wine directly to the public, if it was made from Pennsylvania grown fruit. Today Buckingham Valley is among the largest of Pennsylvania's one hundred-plus wineries.
Town & Country Players
Town and Country Players is a non-profit community theater providing the Central Bucks area of Bucks County, Pennsylvania with quality theater for the past 60 years.
For Your PetsThe Farm
Private pet care in a bed and breakfast style, only for pets!
SportsIf you are interested in spectator sports, the Eagles, Phillies, Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers are less than an hour away. There is an excellent minor league baseball team and minor league hockey team in Trenton, New Jersey. Those games can be reached within 15 or 20 minutes and are very reasonably priced.
GolfLookaway Golf Club
Lookaway Golf Club, located in the heart of Bucks County is about lifestyle. A "Private Equity" club with 229 partners, where there are no tee times, allowing the membership to play when they want to play.
2559 Bogarts Tavern Rd, Buckingham, PA
Siam Cuisine Thai Restaurant
4950 York Rd, Buckingham, PA
4950 York Rd, Buckingham, PA