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New Hope Historical Society marks Parry’s 263rd birthday


New Hope Historical Society will host a celebration of Benjamin Parry’s 263rd birthday at the Benjamin Parry Mansion, 45 S. Main St., New Hope, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1.

Champagne and cake will be served to honor the “Father of New Hope.”

Parry was a third generation, 20-something Welsh Quaker who moved to Coryell’s Ferry around 1782. Within 10 years, he became a leading industrial figure in Bucks County.

Parry gave the town its new name when he dubbed the mill along the Delaware River “New Hope” after he rebuilt it following a disastrous fire in 1790. Part of that mill exists today as the Bucks County Playhouse.

He led a group of local businessmen on both sides of the river on an ambitious drive to build the first bridge over the Delaware River linking the New Hope and Lambertville communities.

He led the establishment of the first commercial bank in town. While all that was going on, Parry patented an invention that preserved corn and grain for long-distance shipping that further buoyed the local and regional economies.

Parry’s leadership for nearly half a century helped to make New Hope the industrial and manufacturing capital of Bucks County in the 19th century.

Admission to the event is $15 to the public and free to all New Hope Historical Society members. Reserve now at