You might not think it from the express lane of I-95, but Bucks County bares historic significance in the founding of our great nation and the formation of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1682, some of the landmarks around the area are nearly a century older than the nation itself. William Penn named Bucks County after Buckinghamshire, his home county in England. To the residents of the area, it isn’t surprising that the wooded and calming nature of the community would remind him of home.
Here are a few of Bucks County’s historic landmarks.
Washington Crossing Historic Park
Possibly one of the most important sites in the entire American Revolutionary War. On the night of December 25-26, 1776 the turning point of the revolution occurred. General George Washington and his 2,400 troops crossed the Delaware River to attack a garrison of Hessian Troops fighting for the British. The ensuing Battle of Trenton raised morale and carried the revolutionary forces to victory.
The park is open to the public, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Bowman’s Tower is thought to have been constructed on the vantage point for the scouts of General Washington’s garrison. The historic park is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and is located between Yardley and New Hope.
When William Penn received the 26-million acre land grant that would become Pennsylvania, he began erecting buildings in the area we know today as Philadelphia. While Penn wouldn’t live long enough to see the Revolutionary War, but he laid the groundwork for the assembly of men and women to fight for their freedom. Penn built his home in modern Falls Township and lived there intermittently for nearly twenty years beginning in 1683. By the late 1700’s the estate fell into disrepair but was restored and partially recreated in 1939. The manor is open to the public now and is also designated on the National Register of Historic Places.
Also known as Washington’s Headquarters Farm, The Moland House served as an important site of revolutionary war planning and is where George Washington was allegedly presented the first design for the American Flag. Since 1985, the Warwick Township Historical Society has maintained the property to ensure it lasts for many more years.
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