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Guidebook for Doylestown

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Guidebook for Doylestown

Arts & Culture
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Mercer Museum
84 South Pine Street
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houses Doylestown native and architect Henry Mercer’s collection of pre-industrial tools and artifacts
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Fonthill Castle
525 E Court St
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houses Doylestown native and architect Henry Mercer’s collection of pre-industrial tools and artifacts
Housed on the site of a former prison, the Michener Art Museum presents many special exhibitions and showcases important regional artists. Permanent collection highlights include the Nakashima Reading Room, the Daniel Garber mural A Wooded Watershed, and a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artists conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz performances, Ladies Nights Out, family-themed activities, and other events. The Museum also offers art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, pain
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Michener Art Museum
138 South Pine Street
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Housed on the site of a former prison, the Michener Art Museum presents many special exhibitions and showcases important regional artists. Permanent collection highlights include the Nakashima Reading Room, the Daniel Garber mural A Wooded Watershed, and a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artists conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz performances, Ladies Nights Out, family-themed activities, and other events. The Museum also offers art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, pain
The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark, is maintained as a "working history" museum by Pennsylvania's County of Bucks, Department of Parks and Recreation. Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery's founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Mercer was a major proponent of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America. He directed the work at the pottery from 1898 until his death in 1930. You may still purchase handmade reissues of tiles and mosaics made in the American Arts & Crafts tradition from us. We continue to reissue many of the designs originally that were produced here.
Moravian Pottery & Tile Works Museum
130 E Swamp Rd
The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark, is maintained as a "working history" museum by Pennsylvania's County of Bucks, Department of Parks and Recreation. Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery's founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Mercer was a major proponent of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America. He directed the work at the pottery from 1898 until his death in 1930. You may still purchase handmade reissues of tiles and mosaics made in the American Arts & Crafts tradition from us. We continue to reissue many of the designs originally that were produced here.
The Bucks County Children's Museum's mission is to a fun, interactive and educational environment for children, parents and schools with exhibits that reflect Bucks County's unique history and culture.
The Bucks County Children's Museum
500 Union Square Dr
The Bucks County Children's Museum's mission is to a fun, interactive and educational environment for children, parents and schools with exhibits that reflect Bucks County's unique history and culture.
own and Country Players is a non-profit community theater providing the Central Bucks area of Bucks County, Pennsylvania with quality theater for the past 60 years. Located on Route 263 in Buckingham, Town and Country Players is the home of many dedicated individuals whose goal is to bring the theatrical experience to local residents while personally enjoying the effort to the fullest. Town and Country Players membership is open to anyone with an interest in theater and the desire to help.
Town & Country Players
4158 York Rd
own and Country Players is a non-profit community theater providing the Central Bucks area of Bucks County, Pennsylvania with quality theater for the past 60 years. Located on Route 263 in Buckingham, Town and Country Players is the home of many dedicated individuals whose goal is to bring the theatrical experience to local residents while personally enjoying the effort to the fullest. Town and Country Players membership is open to anyone with an interest in theater and the desire to help.
Everything Else
Frequently used for wedding reception venues. Join us for a guided tour of Aldie Mansion! Aldie Mansion, 85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, PA 18901 Cost: $12 a person, $10 for senior citizens, and $8 for Heritage Conservancy members. Children 12 and under are free but require adult supervision. Call Tammy Schane at 215-345-7020, ext. 107 for more information. To further enjoy the historic heritage of Aldie Mansion, we are opening the mansion’s doors to the public for guided tours twice a month. With the addition of the William Mercer artifact exhibit and the newly designed loggia panels, there is a lot to see and learn about. Come take a tour with our newly graduated docents to get in touch
Aldie Mansion
85 Old Dublin Pike
Frequently used for wedding reception venues. Join us for a guided tour of Aldie Mansion! Aldie Mansion, 85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, PA 18901 Cost: $12 a person, $10 for senior citizens, and $8 for Heritage Conservancy members. Children 12 and under are free but require adult supervision. Call Tammy Schane at 215-345-7020, ext. 107 for more information. To further enjoy the historic heritage of Aldie Mansion, we are opening the mansion’s doors to the public for guided tours twice a month. With the addition of the William Mercer artifact exhibit and the newly designed loggia panels, there is a lot to see and learn about. Come take a tour with our newly graduated docents to get in touch
Located on Beacon Hill, and overlooking Peace Valley, the Shrine is the perfect place to come and spend time in prayer and reflection. The Pauline Fathers and Brothers invite individuals and groups to visit and use all the facilities now available at the Shrine. They warmly welcome both Catholic and non-Catholic visitors.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
654 Ferry Rd
Located on Beacon Hill, and overlooking Peace Valley, the Shrine is the perfect place to come and spend time in prayer and reflection. The Pauline Fathers and Brothers invite individuals and groups to visit and use all the facilities now available at the Shrine. They warmly welcome both Catholic and non-Catholic visitors.
Entertainment & Activities
Kids Castle is listed as one of the world’s most unbelievable playgrounds in the online digital city guild for parents called the Red Tricycle. Free too.
Kids Castle
425 Wells Rd
Kids Castle is listed as one of the world’s most unbelievable playgrounds in the online digital city guild for parents called the Red Tricycle. Free too.
The County Theater is located at 20 E. State Street in Doylestown, PA and is a nonprofit, community-based movie theater that specializes in independent, art, and foreign films.
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County Theater
20 East State Street
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The County Theater is located at 20 E. State Street in Doylestown, PA and is a nonprofit, community-based movie theater that specializes in independent, art, and foreign films.
DOYLESTOWN, PA – The Doylestown Rock Gym is the premiere indoor rock climbing gym and adventure facility in the north Philadelphia area and Bucks County. Offering over 12,000 square feet of indoor rock climbing surface, including overhangs, boulders, aretes, chimneys, caves, cracks and lead walls, the facility is suitable for rock climbers of all ages and abilities. Beginner rock climbing lessons, advanced rock climbing lessons, outdoor rock climbing and lead climbing lessons are offered with group rates available.
Doylestown Rock Gym
3853 Old Easton Rd
DOYLESTOWN, PA – The Doylestown Rock Gym is the premiere indoor rock climbing gym and adventure facility in the north Philadelphia area and Bucks County. Offering over 12,000 square feet of indoor rock climbing surface, including overhangs, boulders, aretes, chimneys, caves, cracks and lead walls, the facility is suitable for rock climbers of all ages and abilities. Beginner rock climbing lessons, advanced rock climbing lessons, outdoor rock climbing and lead climbing lessons are offered with group rates available.
Buck's County's oldest river outfitters, featuring canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and tubing on the beautiful Delaware River. Individuals and groups.
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Bucks County River Country
2 Walters Lane
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Buck's County's oldest river outfitters, featuring canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and tubing on the beautiful Delaware River. Individuals and groups.
Bucks County Riverboat Company is operated out of Keller's Landing in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The River Otter is our 52' coast guard certified pontoon boat fully equipped to provide a memorable excursion on the wild and scenic Delaware River. Our mission is to offer outstanding and unparalleled recreational, educational, and entertainment experiences for groups of all ages and purpose.
Bucks County Riverboat Company
1469 River Rd
Bucks County Riverboat Company is operated out of Keller's Landing in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The River Otter is our 52' coast guard certified pontoon boat fully equipped to provide a memorable excursion on the wild and scenic Delaware River. Our mission is to offer outstanding and unparalleled recreational, educational, and entertainment experiences for groups of all ages and purpose.
Boat Rides. Gen. George Washington advised: Be sure to take the ferry by Coryell's as it is the swiftest, surest route." We can't say today's Coryell's Ferry rides are the swiftest, but they are among the surest ways for the public to see the New Hope section of the river. See website for dates and times.
New Hope Boat Rides
22 N Main St
Boat Rides. Gen. George Washington advised: Be sure to take the ferry by Coryell's as it is the swiftest, surest route." We can't say today's Coryell's Ferry rides are the swiftest, but they are among the surest ways for the public to see the New Hope section of the river. See website for dates and times.
Relax as you travel through the rolling hills and valleys of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and experience first hand the sights sounds and romance of the Golden Era of Steam. Climb aboard the New Hope & Ivyland passenger train and travel into a scene from the past. Relax and leave your cares behind as you journey into history, learning what rail travel was like for your parents, grand parents and great-grand parents.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
Stockton Avenue
Relax as you travel through the rolling hills and valleys of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and experience first hand the sights sounds and romance of the Golden Era of Steam. Climb aboard the New Hope & Ivyland passenger train and travel into a scene from the past. Relax and leave your cares behind as you journey into history, learning what rail travel was like for your parents, grand parents and great-grand parents.
No trip to New Hope would be complete without tasting a few delicious wines at the New Hope Winery! Set in a quaint 17th century barn, the New Hope Winery is quickly becoming a landmark in Bucks County.
The Pour House at New Hope Winery
6123 Lower York Road
No trip to New Hope would be complete without tasting a few delicious wines at the New Hope Winery! Set in a quaint 17th century barn, the New Hope Winery is quickly becoming a landmark in Bucks County.
Shopping
A unique farm that grows lavender. Shop for all kinds of lavender products. If it's lavender you want, we've got it - growing plants, bulk blossoms, dried bunches, essential oil and more. We produce a wide variety of lavender products: bath & body, culinary, dried floral, sachets & pillows.
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Peace Valley Lavender Farm
802 New Galena Rd
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A unique farm that grows lavender. Shop for all kinds of lavender products. If it's lavender you want, we've got it - growing plants, bulk blossoms, dried bunches, essential oil and more. We produce a wide variety of lavender products: bath & body, culinary, dried floral, sachets & pillows.
The Doylestown Bookshop is a locally owned and operated bookstore dedicated to preserving the heritage and traditions of independent bookstore ideals. Since opening our doors in 1998 in downtown Doylestown we have been able to offer our customers an alternative to the ordinary. We carry an extensive inventory of new and nearly new books from classic literature to current bestsellers. Our staff is knowledgeable and friendly and able to help you choose the perfect book for you or your family.
Doylestown Bookshop
16 S Main St
The Doylestown Bookshop is a locally owned and operated bookstore dedicated to preserving the heritage and traditions of independent bookstore ideals. Since opening our doors in 1998 in downtown Doylestown we have been able to offer our customers an alternative to the ordinary. We carry an extensive inventory of new and nearly new books from classic literature to current bestsellers. Our staff is knowledgeable and friendly and able to help you choose the perfect book for you or your family.
If you like freshness, you'll love The Market at DelVal. It's a locovore's dream! Find fresh grown produce, locally made Rose Bank Wines, freshly prepared meals by JustFood, delectable desserts by Confection Perfection, locally produced organic meats, hormone-free milk in glass bottles, gourmet cheeses and crackers, Uncle Dave's Homemade Ice Cream, and our full-service Deli all under one roof. Come on in and enjoy all we have to offer!
The Market at DelVal
2100 Lower State Rd
If you like freshness, you'll love The Market at DelVal. It's a locovore's dream! Find fresh grown produce, locally made Rose Bank Wines, freshly prepared meals by JustFood, delectable desserts by Confection Perfection, locally produced organic meats, hormone-free milk in glass bottles, gourmet cheeses and crackers, Uncle Dave's Homemade Ice Cream, and our full-service Deli all under one roof. Come on in and enjoy all we have to offer!
70 specialty shops in 42 acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds; 6 restaurants; luxurious lodging; year-round family entertainment at Giggleberry Fair
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Peddler's Village
2400 Street Road
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70 specialty shops in 42 acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds; 6 restaurants; luxurious lodging; year-round family entertainment at Giggleberry Fair
Sightseeing
This literary tourist site attracts writers, fans of Pearl Buck books and visitors who want to discover the legacy of a Pulitzer-prize winning writer, advocate and humanitarian. The national historic landmark home is open for guided tours which feature her Nobel and Pulitzer prizes on display; the desk where Ms. Buck penned her novel The Good Earth, gifts from luminaries like the Dali Lama and President Richard Nixon; photos of President John F. Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt; paintings from renowned artists, and so much more. Guided tours will inspire and educate visitors as they gain access into the personal life of Pearl Buck and her husband, Richard Walsh.
Pearl S. Buck International
520 Dublin Rd
This literary tourist site attracts writers, fans of Pearl Buck books and visitors who want to discover the legacy of a Pulitzer-prize winning writer, advocate and humanitarian. The national historic landmark home is open for guided tours which feature her Nobel and Pulitzer prizes on display; the desk where Ms. Buck penned her novel The Good Earth, gifts from luminaries like the Dali Lama and President Richard Nixon; photos of President John F. Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt; paintings from renowned artists, and so much more. Guided tours will inspire and educate visitors as they gain access into the personal life of Pearl Buck and her husband, Richard Walsh.
Cabin Run Covered Bridge was built in 1871 and crosses Cabin Run Creek. The creek, named for its early concentration of log cabins and small stone houses constructed along its course, empties into Tohickon Creek. Just be aware, this bridge has a height limit of 11 feet 10 inches, width of 15 feet and a weight limit of three tons.
Cabin Run Covered Bridge
Cabin Run Covered Bridge was built in 1871 and crosses Cabin Run Creek. The creek, named for its early concentration of log cabins and small stone houses constructed along its course, empties into Tohickon Creek. Just be aware, this bridge has a height limit of 11 feet 10 inches, width of 15 feet and a weight limit of three tons.
Celebrate Christmas year-round at the Byers' Choice Gift Emporium in Chalfont. Known for their famous Carolers®, Byers' Choice has created a winter wonderland in their Emporium, with a recreated Victorian London street and Christmas Museum. Watch as Byers' team of artisans brings these handcrafted figurines to life. The grounds are also home to magnificent landscaping, including a traditional English sunken garden.
Byers' Choice Ltd.
4355 County Line Rd
Celebrate Christmas year-round at the Byers' Choice Gift Emporium in Chalfont. Known for their famous Carolers®, Byers' Choice has created a winter wonderland in their Emporium, with a recreated Victorian London street and Christmas Museum. Watch as Byers' team of artisans brings these handcrafted figurines to life. The grounds are also home to magnificent landscaping, including a traditional English sunken garden.
9/11 Memorial. This garden has been designed to be a contemplative, peaceful place to go, remember, and pay respects to all those who perished on 9/11. But it also is a place to enjoy life and be vibrant, as all of our loved ones once were.
Garden of Reflection
1950 Woodside Rd
9/11 Memorial. This garden has been designed to be a contemplative, peaceful place to go, remember, and pay respects to all those who perished on 9/11. But it also is a place to enjoy life and be vibrant, as all of our loved ones once were.
The 1772 Southampton Old School Meetinghouse and Cemetery survive as reminders of the history and heritage of this region. The Meetinghouse has remained virtually unchanged since the 1850's and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A stroll through the cemetery reveals a virtual "Who's Who" of local residents of the past three hundred years, including veterans from the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. Church records, from 1746 to the present, offer a wealth of genealogical information as well as providing insights into daily life in past centuries.
Old School Meetinghouse
1256 2nd St Pike
The 1772 Southampton Old School Meetinghouse and Cemetery survive as reminders of the history and heritage of this region. The Meetinghouse has remained virtually unchanged since the 1850's and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A stroll through the cemetery reveals a virtual "Who's Who" of local residents of the past three hundred years, including veterans from the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. Church records, from 1746 to the present, offer a wealth of genealogical information as well as providing insights into daily life in past centuries.
Parks & Nature
Boating, walking, fishing and biking are just some of the activities at Peace Valley Park. Scenic trails run approx. 6 miles around the lake. There is no swimming in the lake. Kayak/ canoe rentals are available on both ends of the lake. At least 3 restrooms are stationed along the 6 miles lake trail. A few pavilions are offered for those planning events or looking for a nice place to rest. There is also a playground or two for the young ones.
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Peace Valley Park
230 Creek Rd
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Boating, walking, fishing and biking are just some of the activities at Peace Valley Park. Scenic trails run approx. 6 miles around the lake. There is no swimming in the lake. Kayak/ canoe rentals are available on both ends of the lake. At least 3 restrooms are stationed along the 6 miles lake trail. A few pavilions are offered for those planning events or looking for a nice place to rest. There is also a playground or two for the young ones.
One of the best places for a boat ride or a hike in Bucks County is the 5,286-acre Nockamixon State Park. Visitors can also hike, bike or horseback ride the more than 50 miles of several different trails for everyone from first-timers to seasoned hikers. Enjoy the 18-hole disc golf course and a swimming pool! In the winter months, the park opens the trails and lake for cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating and ice fishing.
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Lake Nockamixon
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One of the best places for a boat ride or a hike in Bucks County is the 5,286-acre Nockamixon State Park. Visitors can also hike, bike or horseback ride the more than 50 miles of several different trails for everyone from first-timers to seasoned hikers. Enjoy the 18-hole disc golf course and a swimming pool! In the winter months, the park opens the trails and lake for cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating and ice fishing.
Walk on the same ground as General George Washington and his Continental Army before they set sail across the Delaware River for their midnight crossing in December, 1776.
Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Road
Walk on the same ground as General George Washington and his Continental Army before they set sail across the Delaware River for their midnight crossing in December, 1776.
Picnicking, Hiking, Nature Areas, Geological Formation. This 128 acre park includes an amazing field of boulders which, when struck by a hammer or another rock, produce a hollow metallic ringing sound. The origin of the field is a mystery - neither glacial nor the result of a rock slide. Kids love visiting here. It's also the site of the largest waterfall in Bucks County.
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Ringing Rocks County Park
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Picnicking, Hiking, Nature Areas, Geological Formation. This 128 acre park includes an amazing field of boulders which, when struck by a hammer or another rock, produce a hollow metallic ringing sound. The origin of the field is a mystery - neither glacial nor the result of a rock slide. Kids love visiting here. It's also the site of the largest waterfall in Bucks County.