Once known as a ferry town, a mill town, a strategic stop on the Delaware Canal and later on an artist's colony, New Hope is still a point of destination for those looking to capture a bit of history while enjoying the quaint atmosphere of Bucks county. Just 10 miles north of the spot where Washington Crossed the Delaware, residents can still enjoy the homes that were built in colonial days. It's not at all unusual to pass 200-year old stone houses, many of which sprang up along the stretches of road between Philadelphia and New York, where so much of the population decided to settle.
In fact, the proximity to these two major cities is one of the big attractions to New Hope; it is practically equidistant to both, though it feels far from the bustle of the big city. You can reach New York City in about one hour, 15 minutes, and center city Philadelphia in fifty minutes. A 20 minute drive will bring you to the Trenton train station (to New York), which is on the northeast corridor between Philadelphia and NYC, and also the Yardley PA station (Septa) to Philadelphia.
Many of the larger stone buildings on Bucks county main roads served as stagecoach stops in the colonial days, and you might discover a walk-in stone fireplace that served as a kitchen for hungry travelers. New Hope's Logan Inn, established in 1727, is the oldest continually-run inn in Bucks county and one of the five oldest in the United States.
Whether you are interested in biking, kayaking, running or just taking an afternoon walk, there are bike paths and canals along both sides of the Delaware river, open to the public as state parks. From Washington Crossing to Milford, you can walk across the Delaware on six bridges (including a pedestrian bridge in Lumberville) and stop along the way for ice cream or coffee. The occasional red wooden bridge or rusty barge lock adds mystery to the shady willow-lined canal that stretches straight as an arrow as far as you can see. Multi-level houses and terraces nestle among the trees, and if you're lucky you will spot a blue heron or two winging their way across the river.
Villages and hamlets are found in Solebury and at historically important crossroads at points along the Delaware River, at mill sites, and in clusters of buildings strung along roadways. There are six historic districts in Solebury: Carversville, Phillips Mill, Center Bridge, Lumberville, Cuttalossa and Upper Aquetong Valley. These districts are included on the National Register of Historic Places.
Many people enjoy coming to New Hope for the weekends. The restaurants cater to a wide variety of tastes, and there are several Bed & Breakfasts to choose from for your guests or for you to stay while you're looking for a property. You can spend the day rummaging through antique stores, come up for a Stickley auction at David Rago center in Lambertville, or take the kids on the steam train from New Hope to Lahaska. The Bucks County Playhouse (State Theater of Pennsylvania) has a long history of Broadway plays and has played host to such luminaries as Grace Kelly, George C. Scott, Liza Minnelli, William Shatner, Bob Fosse, and a long list of celebrities.
Adam Shapiro GRI, Associate Broker, Weidel Realtors, New Hope PA, Licensed in PA & NJ