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Neshaminy literary journal is out


The Spring/Summer 2024 issue of “Neshaminy, the Bucks County Historical and Literary Journal” is out.

It studies how Doylestown Borough reinvented itself in the 1960s not by replacing historic buildings with parking lots, but by renovation, fresh paint and strategic landscaping. Lee Bigelow Davis and Melissa D. Sullivan chronicle how the county seat became a destination. Their article also includes contemporary sketches by William N. Erwin.

In a separate article, William J. Donahue examines how medieval notions of witchcraft persist to this day, and that even as late as the more enlightened 19th century, rumors circulated of a female witch in the Bucks County section of Telford Borough.

In a piece of supernatural fiction, Don Swaim tells the story of a ghost-like family that roams the streets of Doylestown.

Swaim also offers an extensive biographical sketch of once-celebrated author and radio star Christopher Morley.

The history of William Penn’s Quaker settlers is detailed by Kimball Baker, who delves deeply into his own family history in England.

Also included is a look at the forgotten Newtown poet Thaddeus Stevens Kenderdine, a profile of Bucks County photographer Rob Hall and poetry by Helen Behe, Julie Bernstein, Matthew Kirby, Joseph Chelius, and Linda Andress.

The Spring/Summer 2024 issue of “Neshaminy: The Bucks County Historical and Literary Journal,” published by the Bucks County Writers Workshop and the Doylestown Historical Society, can be obtained at the DHS, 56 S. Main St., local bookstores and online from

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