Join us as we take an in-depth look at the history, culture and people integral to making New Hope, Bucks County the top small-town arts destination in the country*. Upscale restaurants, unique shops and galleries, a cabaret and the Bucks County Playhouse draw thousands of visitors here each year. But how did this eclectic one-square mile town along the Delaware River gain such notoriety and who are the people responsible for it? Those are the widely unknown stories this program will reveal.
The history of this charming picturesque borough along the Delaware River is part of its attraction. The town was first known as Coryell’s Ferry, after the owner of the ferry, which transported travelers between Philadelphia and New York across the Delaware. During the American Revolution, just a few miles south, George Washington crossed the river for the Battle of Trenton. That crossing may have never happened if it weren’t for the lesser-known Monroe’s Crossing in New Hope.
The town got its present name around the turn of the 19th century when Benjamin Parry rebuilt and renamed his burned down mills “New Hope Mills” in an attempt to bring hope to the residents. New Hope has kept its old-fashioned charm through the years.
New Hope’s a place where families of all types, people of all persuasions, bikers of all professions, and store associates of every color can come together and celebrate history, the arts and diversity.
*Ranked according to American Style Magazine among cities 100,000 residents or less. 2005.
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