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Trek to New Hope’s “North Pole” during Winter Festival


New Hope’s history is widely celebrated and a large part of the borough is included in the National Register of Historic Places.

While most of the attention is focused on the southern part of town where significant events occurred during the Revolutionary War and in the Industrial Revolution, very little attention is given to the north side of the historic town.

Roy Ziegler, past president and member of the New Hope Historical Society, will lead a tour of the north side of the borough at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning at the Parry Mansion. Find out where a herd of cattle once grazed, and how New Hope played a part in the construction of the Empire State Building. And what about Rabbit Run? How did it get its name?

The tour will visit the sites of New Hope’s fishery and the first fire department and post office, and see where the actress Kitty Carlisle and well-known playwright Moss Hart pronounced their wedding vows in 1946. These and a dozen other interesting facets of New Hope’s north side will be highlighted.

Afterward, head back to the Parry Mansion to warm up with some hot cider and cookies and take a brief tour of the 18th century Georgian-style home of Benjamin Parry, the “Father of New Hope.”

The tour is presented by the New Hope Historical Society and admission is free to the public.