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The store, owned by William Mood, was three stories high and about feet long and 75 feet wide, according to Ketterer, who added that the store sold everything you could imagine. Everybody from the neighborhood was swimming. Ketterer's family alone brought much life to the town. One of 13 children, each born about one year apart, the family made up almost half of the village's population throughout the s.

Eleven of the 13 children are still living today. My one brother whitewashed the milk truck for Russ Gulden, who ran the town creamery and blacksmith. What a great article. My cousin said after we read the ledgers she was willing to donate them to the Historical society. I think that would be great for other families to find out about what their relatives purchased! It would be great to get those ledgers digitized too! Let me know if you ever come up with a photograph of the old store.

It must have been quite a place - 3 stories tall!

You can try the Perkasie library. I to did some research of the area. At the time it was easier to go to the Bucks County Historical Society in Doylestown They had maps of the area before it was a lake. Good luck! The Haycock historical society has published a book the Lost Tohickon Village. Excellent coverage of the lost homes. In the first place, are you a resident of the County? I read a bit of your home site and believe that you may have spent most of your life in the Chicago area. If so, it is all the more remarkable that you capture in camera and mind the essential beauty and struggle of Bucks County.

I spent my formative years there, from about to about In those years, I got to know the culture of Bucks County and generally agree with about everything you say about it. Some additional notes, however, could be added. In the s, Bucks County was a very divided place. Lower Bucks County had been little more than a summer colony for working-class Philadelphia Baptists who used the tiny towns of the region to escape the oppressive heat of summertime Philadelphia.

Generally, they built their extremely modest summer cottages in a kind of informal square within which was usually cited a kind of religious "band shell" used to conduct summertime services. In the Depression s, many of these summer cottages were winterized to serve as "economic escapes" from the riling unemployment of Philadelphia, Camden, and Trenton. In the s and beyond, many of these humble village cottages burnt to the ground, often casting spectacular fires in the midday sky.

I clearly remember witnessing one of these conflagurations taking place on my way home from primary school in the village of Trevose back in about Trevose itself was perhaps characteristic of Lower Bucks County. A poor town with few paved roads until the early s, it housed oldish families of extremely modest means.

There was, however, one notable exception. Anne May Jones, a white-haired diminutive lady whose face was always powdered to a max and whose fancy summertime dresses always suggested she was heading right to a Vogue magazine shoot, had begun the only general store in the region which, for some reason, she called Irvin's General Store , perhaps back in the early s when she and her late husband, the famous vaudeville talent Billy Jones of the Jones and Hare duo, popular on radio throughout the s and before had moved to Trevose.

Of course, in those days I did not recognize the significance of Anne May Jones background though, even at the age of 10, did recognize that this lady who lived directly across from her store in a tiny, charming cottage painted pink and white was of some importance. Further up-county the social circumstances changed. Langhorne and Newtown were essentially retirement towns for well-to-do Quaker farmers who had sold off their large farms to manipulative real estate developers, particularly in the years after when the U.

Steel Corporation built the largest steel plant in the world -- the Fairless Works on the Delaware River -- causing the influx of huge numbers of working-class outsiders from Philadelphia and Northern Pennsylvania. In the region around New Hope, as far back as the late s there emerged a particularly interesting social phenomenon.

From Broadway came some of the most important names of the theater -- truly glittering names like Oscar Hammerstein II, Moss Hart and his wife Kitty Carlisle, the notable radio personality Ezra "Henry Aldrich" Stone, and others who shared their lovely gentlemen weekend farms with their friends and professional colleagues. Out of this arose an impetus to create the Bucks County Playhouse in the late s. I recall, but I know nothing about, a lovely mysterious "village" about four miles north of New Hope embracing roughly six buildings of stone built to look like British Cornwall cottages.

I often wonder if those buildings are still there and what was their social history. Go north of New Hope four miles until you reach a sharp left turn in the road after which you cross over a trundly old wooden bridge. Look to the right of the road to see if these buildings still remain. In the immediate post-World War II era, a famous Japanese artist took residence at New Hope and began the process of re-creating the town as a home for artsy-craftsy culture. In the early s, the town's canal was improved and lots of charming restaurants and art stores were added.

By the early s, however, the pressure of a lower social culture coming from the outside seriously began to transform the town's atmosphere. Most fondest memory of Bucks County comes from knowing Paul Whiteman, the famous ss society dance band leader. He had settled in retirement in Bucks County after many years in residence in a much larger farm in Hunterdon County, New Jersey not really too far away from Princeton. In those early s, Paul Whiteman was still trying to salvage the musical culture of the nation, then in the feverish throes of rock and roll. In the years immediately after World War II, he was influential in promoting the British sports car craze.

He was never far from his XK Jaguar roadster. In the s and beyond Bucks County succumbed to an invasion of monied and uncouth outsiders from Philadelphia and New York who invested heavily in tasteless McMansions and a pretend-lifestyle of culture and refinement. As far as I know, the region is about the same today. But America itself is beginning to collapse from even worse influences so who can say, relatively speaking, that Bucks County has actually lost ground. Many people, especially the new-rich from Wall Street and Walnut Street down in Philadelphia might logically take offense and I don't want to spend my time fending off their crudities.

The real heros of Bucks County history are the Quakers, a people who wrestled with the poor soil of Bucks County to gain a measure of wealth over generations of back-breaking struggle. It was the Quakers, moreover, who taught their children to place education above everything else. And thus Quakers of the region built some of the finest colleges and universities in the land - the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, and, to an extent, Bryn Mawr College.

Quaker moral intellectualism conflicted with the Establishment view of politics in the Spanish-American War where Quakers properly thought that the motives for that war were American imperialism , World War I where only the dominance of Anglo-Establishmentarism in American politics overcame a widespread national objection to fighting for England , World War II where, as in the previous war, Quakers objected to demonizing the enemy as sub-human; and where non-combatants became the target of widespread area bombing which, in the end, proved to be largely ineffective in winning the war ; Korea a stupid war largely predicated on a typically-adolescent American reading of world politics ; Vietnam please refer to my remarks on World War I, II, and Korea , and endless other American military encounters worldwide that have done nothing but dissipate our national wealth and redistribute it to the munitions manufacturers of the land.

Since I no longer live in Bucks County, I am ignorant of what Quaker activists are saying about our Iraq incursion though I can imagine. I make these remarks, not as a Quaker, but as one who admires the long Quaker struggle made against American philistinism.

Once upon a time we had Bucks County Quaker political activists like James Mitchner who became Chairman of the Bucks County Democratic Party in the early s when a Democrat could never expect to be elected in this rock-ribbed Republican bastion. It was James Mitchner, nevertheless, who invited the sainted John F. Kennedy to a Bucks County rally in late October of as the long presidential campaign was coming to its close. There was Kennedy, bare-headed with a well-fitting top coat on in the late afternoon of a winterish Bucks County day.

An astounding half million had showed up to greet Kennedy's motorcade as it wended its way through the packed streets of Northeast Philadelphia to Bucks County's Neshaminy High School campus. Countless thousands had waited patiently and even reverently through the long, cold day to catch a glimpse of their hero.

It was only when the the last rays of light were glimmering in the blood red sky that Kennedy's motorcade finally made it to the High School grounds. The scene was electric -- never to be forgotten. Waves upon waves of spontaneous adoring applause peeled across the huge crowds as Kennedy tried to deliver a short speech.

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At first he merely smiled in appreciation. Then his impeccable delivery came forth as the crowd settled down. Thoughts were laced together as complex themes as no American president has ever done since. In minutes it was time for Kennedy to leave. Kennedy's motorcade inched its way through the adoring crowd. Nor will they forget the artistry of Bucks County writer Pearl Buck whose themes pleaded for racial harmony.

All that is past. In his later years, James Mitchner took up residence on Maryland's Eastern Shore, perhaps to escape the awful suburbanization that overwhelmed Bucks County in the s and s, and to write several more great novels before his passing. Today the great names of the theater, politics, music, and fine art who gave Bucks County its real integrity are gone, replaced by an affluent mob of pot-smoking petty criminals whose lifestyles tax the capabilities of Bucks County's endlessly-larger police force.

At one time, most of Bucks County had few police, depending mostly on the fine Pennsylvania State Police, often located as far away as fifty miles, to take care of the County's few law-enforcement problems. Today, as with most else of the United States, Bucks County has thousands upon thousands of local, township, and County police abetted by countless other federal officers, private police, undercover FBI agents, and God knows what else, all to keep the fine citizens of Bucks County in some semblence of line. You were right to train your Nikon lense on the rustic barns of Bucks County.

Doing a careful study of the strange people who now inhabit this once Quaker bastion would be, at best, demoralizing. Spent part of Sunday with visitors family, grandchildren and friends and toured the cemetery on Buckingham Mountain, which is where we live. Some of the gravestones are newer. An adult commented, "He isn't dead yet. This is in reference to the Van Sandt Covered Bridge. Location: , United States thank you very much your site helped me alot with my geography project i only wish that you would have a map of bucks county with just the townships and borders and not any roads.

I miss it terribly and wish we still lived in the area. You have done a great job in capturing the lovely sights and areas. Thank you for a job well done. Great, and yet, very sad information. As someone previously wrote, we are all "guilty. Imagine the struggle within ourselves as we "selfishly" and probably righteously, if not rightfully work to try to preserve the greatness of Bucks County or what's left of it.

My family moved here in the s, and the struggle was the same then as it is now, though with the housing market's recent boom, the acceleration and extravagance of the development has been quite breathtaking. The struggle has been the same since the beginning of time, and the dramatic, sweeping changes that I've witnessed since are probably no more dramatic for me as they were for those who witnessed changes over the course of years prior to my family's arrival. The U. If nothing else, your wonderful site tells the story and preserves in pictures a lot of that which people will not see 30 years from now.

Just wait until such time as local governments Thanks for the insight. I was born and raised in Bucks and miss the area. It is a great place to live work and worship! We're spending two years in Germany, and I searched the web to help my daughter find info about Doylestown for a school project here, where the students in her International School share information about their home cultures. Your site was absolutely perfect to help with this! While some European cities are older, Doylestown is definately just as nice as most of them; we just need to work on our ability to preserve our cities and countryside as well as is done here in Europe.

Thanks for a wonderful tour; I'm sure I'll be back next time I get homesick! I've enjoyed it tremendously and plan to come back for more. Your viewpoints on the over-development of the area are well worth reading. My family and I moved here just two years ago because we were sick of the unending sprawl and congestion of Long Island, NY, and longed for more open spaces. We found it here in Bucks County and not in new construction, thank you! The corn field around the corner, when we moved here, is now a construction site, as are so many other nearby areas throughout the township and county.

Hopefully we'll start to see more areas protected and fewer developed. Long Island was once a beautiful area of open spaces and gorgeous beaches, and now the open spaces are gone and so much of what made LI beautiful is also gone, developed over and now over-crowded beyond belief. Let's hope the same can't be said about Bucks County down the road!!!

I would love to link it to my site--purely for information purposes for my clients and friends. I am a Realtor in Bucks County that rarely deals with new construction and virtually never deals with developers. In fact, one of my reasons for getting involved in real estate 20 years ago was to find a way to halt the pillaging. Where are you located? Solebury area would be my guess. My site is BucksCountyAreaHomes. I currently live in Boston, Massachusetts.

I asked about her grandmother on her mother's side. All I knew was I had heard her referred to as Grandmom Neely. As she was filling in the gaps, she mentioned that Grandmom Neely lived in a house in Bucks County, Pa. I decided to look it up when I got home to see if there was any mention on the Internet. After seeing this article, I am now inspired to have my Mom tell me more details when I next see her. I am restoring some old photos for my Mom and among them is a photo of Grandmom Neely. It's all so fascinating. I just moved here and now know some places to visit. I enjoyed your history of sprawl and its negative impact on Bucks County.

The carpetbaggers i. Developers are destroying our landscape, history and quality of life. All we are left with are more houses, asphalt, highway grid-lock and higher taxes to pay as the infrastructure grows to keep up with all the additional sprawl. It's a crime. I love the mix of photography, art and history contained in your website - very educational. I was particularly concerned to see the potential devastation of the "suburban sprawl" and hope that you have ways of lobbying against this, or at least the modern monstrosity's they erect in the name of "progress".

Some of these developments are neither in keeping with the character of the area nor respectful of the land.

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I look forward to more pictures! The house has a lot of character and we would love to find pictures of what it used to look like back then-any ideas? We live right across from the Perkasie Historical Society and my husband couldn't find anything. United States wonderful site my family the Magills were a old quaker family fron solebury meeting. I enjoy reading anything about the New Hope area. Any Magills get in touch. I would think they would be an important part of the areas history.


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Thanks for including such great and varied stuff on your site I'll pass the site along to others A nice town , very good photos. For it is interesting , which restaurants you have in and outside your beautiful town. Waiting for your reply , and thanks in advance J?

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Left approx. Thanks for your time. Went to one room school house. Her grandfather William D. Bubeck build houses in Northampton and Southampton. Some are still there. However, I an curious as to why you extoll the virtues of Peddler's Village when after all, it is as much of a big-money-making venture as that of any developer and is very much responsible for bringing numerous people to Bucks County. David's Reply: You do raise a good point that I am being somewhat hypocritical. I should state that although it may not be clear from what is on my website, I do not think that all development is bad.

But there is a limit to how much one area can tolerate before development becomes less like an improvement for the area and more like a cancerous growth.

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Development can't continue forever, and we are fast approaching the time when all undeveloped land will be either preserved or built upon. Construction for Peddler's Village began in the 's, and although it has been added to over time, it now occupies a little over 40 acres--a rather small piece of land compared to many of the developments that are now swallowing up the few remaining farms.

At the time it was originally built, I think development was a much more palatable option in the area. Now development has increased to the point where I believe enough is enough. I would also say that I feel that the unique complex of buildings and gardens is rather tastefully laid out and designed and fits in well with the feel of the area, which can't be said for most of the construction now going on including the "McMansion" houses, the "Big Box" retail chains, and the strip malls, all of which have no personality and are more eyesore than anything.

If the owners of Peddler's Village have been involved in putting up any of these latter types of buildings, I am not aware of it. You are also right that Peddler's Village is responsible for bringing many people to the area. In fact, the traffic on the surrounding rounds can be horrible on weekends.

The problem has become much worse as the new building boom as filled the area with more people than the roads can handle. I can't proclaim to know what the perfect balance is between construction and preservation, but my gut feeling is that Peddler's Village is on the acceptable side of development. I recently moved to the North-East PA area along and is delightful to know that there are so many wonderful areas closeby to enjoy.

Thanks for the time you have devoted to your efforts which is well cherished. Oh geeze JWB , while we cannot necessary change the past, we or at least one person can point out the uglyness we have to look at those man-made strawberry fields aka montrous housing developments. It's not too late, perhaps, one farm will be saved. Try driving on a street with developments on both sides and a farm 5 minutes down the same road.

Experience the feeling of inner freedom while you pass the farm as oppose to your tightly clenched inner feeling when you pass the cramped-together houses. It's never too late! I moved from upper Bucks almost five years ago to be closer to family here in Texas. I miss Bucks County and the beautiful rolling countryside. I miss the quiet of living in the country, and although I now live in an area that is considered "in the country", it sure looks like city to me!!

The people here didn't appreciate what they had either and the "progress" has brought them more pollution, traffic, out of control taxes, and people. They have just about lost the ability to even see the stars at night and there is no such thing as silence. And the developers continue their rape of the land and the people are so busy making their own money they don't even care. You are one of the good guys who notices and cares, and I am so glad I happened upon your websight last year and kept it in my favorites.

I lectured at the Mercer during the 6o's and 70's. Thank God Henry Mercer cared too, or we wouldn't even have that wonderful museum and what it has to offer.

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You have done such a service to Bucks County with your websight and all the links. I will return again and again. I grew up there and I still love it although I am saddened to hear how it is being developed. I want to mention that the USDA has programs that work with local governments and preserve farmland and forestland. In some states they even get the local governments to decrease or get rid of property taxes altogether. Look under USDA? I will try to find some articles on it that I printed out during the winter for a research paper.

I also would like to get a hold of the researcher for the Beans family history as I am descended from them through my grandmother Eleanor Beans.

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She took me to your web site to show me what I have to look forward to. It was a very impressive tour and cannot wait to get there to see it in person. Thank you very much for putting together this very enlightening site. Guest staying 1 week or more: Please clean unit during your stay.

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