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Historical Society to honor the “Father of New Hope” Sunday


Benjamin Parry helped make New Hope the industrial and manufacturing capitol of Bucks County in the 19th century. He spearheaded the drive to have the first bridge constructed across the Delaware River.

When his grist mill, the Hope Mill burned to the ground in 1790, Parry rebuilt and expanded it within one year, naming it the New Hope Mill, thus leading the way to Coryell’s Ferry being renamed New Hope when the borough was incorporated in 1837.

On Sunday, the New Hope Historical Society will celebrate Benjamin Parry with a special tribute in honor of his 266th birthday. A walking tour at 2 p.m. beginning at the Parry Mansion will trace Parry’s life in New Hope from 1782 until his death in 1839.

Following the tour, a champagne reception will be held at Parry’s 18th century Georgian-style mansion at 45 S. Main St.

As part of the celebration, the New Hope Historical Society will open a new exhibit showcasing numerous artifacts and ephemera from the five generations of the Parry family who lived in the mansion.

Admission is free to historical society members of the New Hope Historical Society. General admission is $20. Reservations are available at

Benjamin Parry (1757-1839) was a community leader in New Hope for more than 50 years.

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