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HISTORY LIVES: National Pet Day

Henry Mercer loved dogs, especially Chesapeake Bay retrievers. He had many of these dogs, and his favorite at the time of the construction of the …

HISTORY LIVES: Hornberger’s Bakery

In 1956, George Hornberger sold a bakery in Northeast Philadelphia and moved his family to Doylestown. His bakery in the Mayfair section had been in operation since 1923.

HISTORY LIVES: The Nature Club and the Little Stone House

In 1907, Mrs. Irvin M. James, of Doylestown, invited a few lady friends to tea and broached the subject of starting a club to learn …

HISTORY LIVES: Women’s History Month

Dorothy Parker, Writer, Poet and Critic. Known for her acerbic wit, Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Her short stories and poems …

HISTORY LIVES: International Women’s Day

Pearl S. Buck. Renowned Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author, activist and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck lived many years in Bucks County.In 1933, she moved from …

HISTORY LIVES: Rotzel Coal and Lumber Yard

Charles Rotzel (1820-1896) was born in New Britain Township. When he came to Doylestown as a young man in 1847 he established himself as a wagon builder until opening a …

HISTORY LIVES: Village of Edison

The Village of Edison south of Doylestown was formerly called Bridge Point, due to its seven-arch stone bridge which was part of the main road connecting Philadelphia with Doylestown, Easton and New …

HISTORY LIVES: Sid Stratton

Black History MonthSid Stratton. Grayson Savoy “Sid” Stratton (1900-1993) was born in Doylestown and educated at the Pennsylvania Soldier’s Orphans’ School at Scotland, PA, where he learned …

HISTORY LIVES: Handmade Valentine

Henry Hohlbain (1788-1877), of New Britain Township, created this cutout valentine in 1812. It is dedicated to his valentine and childhood sweetheart Martha Thomas (1795-1868).

HISTORY LIVES: Camp Meeting

In August of 1889, a broadside was posted all over Doylestown, promoting a camp meeting “in Mr. Fisher’s Grove on East Street near the borough line.” It was sponsored by …

HISTORY LIVES: Corner of Church, Lacy and North Main streets

The Five Points Hotel at 235 N. Main St. was once owned by William B. Crouthamel, a Republican. The late Judge Harmon Yerkes, a staunch Democrat, was on …

HISTORY LIVES: Thomas P. Otter, Artist (1832-1890)

A resident of Philadelphia, “Thomas Proudley Otter trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was one of the first artists to sketch, paint, and …

HISTORY LIVES: Woolworth’s “Five-and-Dime.”

The first successful “Woolworth’s Great Five Cent Store” opened in Lancaster in 1879 and, later, in successive Pennsylvania cities and beyond. (By 1904, there …

HISTORY LIVES: Maennerchor Society Hall

Maennerchor (men’s chorus) was the name given to immigrant German social clubs established in the United States. The Gossiper dated March 29, 1912, gives the following …

I very much enjoyed reading Jean Rollo’s article and photo from the Doylestown Historical Society archival records about the Trappe Family Singers who performed a Christmas concert in December 1941 …

HISTORY LIVES: General Greene Inn

In 1752, at the intersection of today’s Old York Road (Rt. 263) and Durham Road (Rt. 413), Henry Jamison opened a tavern known as “Jamison’s,” a stop on the stagecoach …

HISTORY LIVES: Community Christmas Tree

The Intelligencer reported the Doylestown community Christmas tree had again been lighted on December 17, 1936.“Nothing but comment of a complimentary nature was heard …

HISTORY LIVES: Trapp Family Singers at Aldie

In 1938, the Trapp Family Singers emigrated from Austria to the United States and began making concert tours of the country. Martha Mercer, widow of William Mercer Jr. …

HISTORY LIVES: Samuel and Rebecca Histand House

The house at 86 N. Clinton St. in Doylestown was built in the early 1870s for Samuel and Rebecca Histand. Made of brick, it was two stories in the Colonial revival …

HISTORY LIVES: Thanksgiving Goose

Throughout the 1800s and into the early 1900, the area around North Broad Street in Doylestown was called Germany or German Hill. A large number of German immigrants had settled …

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