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Historic Stokes House applies for National Register


Historic Stokes House, a major Upper Bucks historic resource in its own right, which has also served as a popular venue for local, history-related events, is applying to get listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Haycock Township, established in 1763, voiced support for the application through its supervisors at their Mar. 2 public meeting. The register is the “federal government’s official listing of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance.” Presence on the list can help open up opportunities for grants, such as those that might be available from the state’s Historical and Museum Commission. Township officials noted “fixing the slate roof, which is nearing the end of its life,” as a need for grant support.

The Haycock Historical Society is housed in the Stokes House, which is tucked behind the township’s village of Applebachville. It is situated along the northern edge of Bucks County’s Lake Towhee Park, off Bethlehem Road, and overlooking the lake. It is open to the public on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon from April through October.

The society has hosted numerous popular events, such as a Settlers’ Day presentation that included cooking a stew over an open fire, and a day-long “Artists of our Past” event, with attendance exceeding 75. That exhibit was made possible when the society received a grant from the Bucks County tourism bureau to help start a plan to share art that celebrated renowned artists who either lived in the township, or generally drew inspiration from the Upper Bucks area.

Also at the township’s March 2 meeting, supervisors authorized a letter of support for the Borough of Quakertown’s efforts to secure funding “to revitalize the Panther Playground in Memorial Park.” The letter notes “full support” for efforts to secure grant funding from the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development.”