With the appreciation of once it’s gone, it’s gone, Warwick and Ivyland have joined Bucks County Recorder of Deeds Robin Robinson in her quest to save Bucks County’s historic deed books dating back to the 1600s.
Robinson recently visited both municipalities to thank them for making donations to the Bucks County Adopt a Book Program.
“Given the rich history of Warwick as well as Bucks County, we were happy to play a part in preserving our history,” said Warwick Chairwoman Judith Algeo. “With the world and technology moving so fast these days, it is exciting to be part of a project that is saving historic documents for generations to come.”
Deed book 24 will be on display at the township building from through Sept. 30. “We hope Warwick residents will come out to see the book, especially the information about the Moland property,” said Vice Chairman John Cox. “These books really are impressive and we are lucky to have one available for residents to view through the end of the month.”
Pages 97 and 98 show the recording of John Moland’s one-year lease for 5 shillings followed by a release of land owned by Thomas Freame, husband, and William Penn’s daughter Margaret, Freame’s wife. Thomas and Margaret sold some of the land to Moland in 1737.
“As a resident of Warwick myself, I am so thankful to the Warwick Board of Supervisors for appreciating the need to save our historic records and for partnering with me on this exciting project.” Robinson said.
The Ivyland Borough Council also recently voted in favor of donating to the book restoration project.
“Proceeds for the donation came from council members’ salaries which they annually donate back to the borough each year for worthwhile projects such as this,” said Borough President Salvatore DiPaolo.
The books will be on display in the Ivyland Borough Hall 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 20.
Deed book 164 contains information about Edmund Lacey’s purchase of 38 acres of land now known as Ivyland from Isaac Parry who came to own the land by way of the Hart family (deed book 16). “It is fascinating to see our founding fathers’ names in these books and realize it is the official record from the beginning of our special community,” said Ivyland Council member Chris Finello.
“Once presented, these books will last for another 500 years,” Robinson said.
To learn more about the Adopt a Book program or contact the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds office, call 215-348-6209 or visit buckscounty.org/government/RowOfficers/RecorderofDeeds.