home and garden tour
"An Insiders View of Some of the Most Beautiful Homes in Bucks County"
2017 Home and Garden Tour Information
Location! Location! Location!—the triple mantra of real estate gurus everywhere, is no more perfectly applicable than to Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
The New Hope Historical Society has partnered with Bucks County realtors to present a Million Dollar Listing Bucks County tour on June 4, 2017.
The tour will welcome visitors inside five of the most beautiful estates in Bucks County.
When William Penn founded the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania more than three and a quarter centuries ago he began selling blocks of land to the public. But he chose the Highlands of Bucks County for his own property because he thought it was the most beautiful place he had seen. Since then, countless thousands of folks have followed his lead as they discovered the bucolic beauty of its rolling green hills and winding streams.
The Lenni-Lenape Native Americans had formed communities in the area, hunting in its rich forests and fishing in its sparkling creeks and streams, nearly five hundred years before Penn arrived. And their ancestors settled there thousands of years before that time.
Bucks County was a strategic point during the American Revolutionary War. The Old York Road connected Philadelphia to New York City as it stretched through Bucks County to the Delaware River in New Hope. General George Washington and his troops crossed there four times during the war.
In the early 1920s artists discovered Bucks County. William Lathrop, Daniel Garber, Edward Willis Redfield, Robert Spencer and scores of artists established a new art form now known internationally as the New Hope Impressionists and Pennsylvania Impressionists. Their works proclaimed the natural beauty and cultural diversity of the area.
Playwrights and producers soon followed. Inspired by the field of corn as high as an elephant’s eye across the road from his home in Bucks County, Oscar Hammerstein composed some of his immortal Broadway hits there. Kauffman and Simon and Hart and a host of others joined Rodgers and Hammerstein as they presented try-outs at the fabled Bucks County Playhouse in preparation for Broadway theaters. George C. Scott, Robert Redford, Grace Kelly, Liza Minelli. Kitty Carlisle Hart and numerous young actors strutted and fretted for the first time on the boards of the Playhouse floor.
James Michener’s office where he wrote many of his world-renowned masterpieces can still be seen at the Michener Museum in Doylestown just as the great writer had left it. Grover Cleveland fished in the bountiful Delaware River in Bucks County and John F. Kennedy dined in the area’s acclaimed restaurants.
Bucks County, with all its rich history, art, culture and diversity has become a mecca for many thousands of home-buyers over the past two decades. The economic value of its grand homes located within peaceful landscapes that inspired so many great artists continues to draw them. And it’s quicker to get to Bucks County from New York City than it is to travel to the Hamptons!
Participants in the Home and Garden Tour will be treated to tours of the interior space and exterior grounds of five of the grandest, most luxurious homes and estates located in the historic and idyllic area. As an added attraction, the day of the event, participants will be given a guided tour of the eighteenth century Georgian-style Parry Mansion, home of Benjamin Parry, the Father of New Hope.
Tickets can be reserved at the Historical Society’s website, www.newhopehs.org.
By Roy Ziegler