As printed in the Bucks County Herald November 2018
It's Sunday and you're visiting the quaint borough of New Hope enjoying the sights, shops and fine dining. The New Hope and Ivyland Railroad steam locomotive whistles in the backdrop. You can't believe the day can get any better.
Then it happens; you become enamored of the peaceful Delaware. You're curious to see if the beautiful landscape continues up the river. You jump in your car, top down and you’re not sure where you're going. The scenic Delaware River lures you north.
As you meander up the winding River Road, you notice that there are historic Bucks County homes at every twist and turn. So many that you forget to look where you're going and almost end up in the canal. You envision the mules towing the boats loaded with coal. You're quickly realizing Bucks County has more to offer than beautiful riverside homes.
Continuing your journey you start to detect a historic vibe along this bucolic countryside. Philips Mill, a grist mill built in 1756, has organized art , photography and theater productions. The Locktender's House serves as a center within the Delaware Canal State Park.
Along with the countless historic properties, you stumble upon many preserved parks. The parks are scattered along your route as you travel through Plumstead, Point Pleasant, Tinicum, Erwinna, and Nockamixon where you spot an eagle soaring over the Delaware.. The Nockamixon Cliffs tower 300 feet above the river. The cliffs attract ice climbers and 90 species of birds some of which are endangered.
The sun is setting as you enter Durham Township located in the northeastern corner of Bucks County. The farms nestled in the hills and the quint homes of Durham Village remain modestly the same as when the Europeans founded Durham before the 17th century. A replica of the Durham Boat, like the ones George Washington used during his historic crossing of the Delaware, sits at the Grist Mill and Durham Furnace.
As you lose sunlight you realize there is so much more to see.. You start planning your return trip. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to purchase one of these historic homes for your very own.