George Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851
By: Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze

When I drive through some open areas in Bucks County I can easily image life in the Colonial days because of centuries of preservation efforts.

The old stone buildings, the reenactments, the sheer number of history buffs and, most importantly, the patriotism residents show: all are very telling of the county’s history, and its place in our nation’s history.

William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, built his country home in Bucks County. Gen. George Washington and his Continental Army took camp in the lush lands of the quaint county. And most impressively, it was in Bucks County that the pivotal point of the American Revolutionary War started, when Washington and his army crossed the Delaware River into Trenton to surprise the British-hired Hessian troops on Christmas Day in 1776.

Bucks County has found itself in the middle of countless historical events and has housed numerous movers and shakers who made impressions not just in theUnited States, but internationally as well. From Underground Railroad tunnels to having a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author as a neighbor, Bucks County is a hidden gem and I dare say a historical treasure that should be preserved.

There are 625,249 residents in the 604.31-square-mile county that abuts the metropolis of Philadelphia. It’s the third richest county in Pennsylvania, and ranked 83 in the country.

Beyond its varied history, Bucks County’s landscape is diverse. The upper portion of the county is open with farm land. Central Bucks has private open space and extravagant housing and two-lane winding roads, thick forests. Lower Bucks is more urban with some dense sections, more businesses and industry and congested streets.

In my blog, BucksCountyInTime, readers will go back in history. They will learn of the founding of Pennsylvania and the beginning of America that has had social trials, as well as global leaders, which have put this country in history books.

Click on the link, get comfortable because you’re about to learn beyond what was in your grade school history books: BucksCountyInTime.


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