Bucks County Homes
Bucks County, Pennsylvania sits among the rolling hills of Philadelphia’s countryside, bordered to the east by the Delaware River one of three original counties (with Philadelphia and Chester) in the colony. William Penn named the county after Buckinghamshire, his home county in England. While in the colonies, Penn called Bucks County home. His mansion on the Delaware River, Pennsbury Manor, has been reconstructed and is now a National Historic Site offering a glimpse at colonial life.
The most critical moment of the Revolutionary War began in Bucks County. On Christmas Day, 1776, General George Washington and 2,400 soldiers crossed the icy Delaware River under cover of darkness and launched a surprise attack on the Hessian garrison in Trenton the next day. After suffering a string of defeats, the surprise attack turned the tide of war in favor of the Americans, and ultimately paved the way to independence.*
Bristol was the first county seat, succeeded by Newtown and then Doylestown. Fries' Rebellion occurred in 1798 in opposition to a federal tax on windows. Bucks has a long tradition of high quality farming, including selling seeds used across the nation. Dairying became strong toward the end of the nineteenth century. Wealthy estates have acquired much of the farming area; less than 20 percent of the land is currently farmland.**
Today, tourism is one of Bucks County’s leading industries, accounting for $865 million in local economic impact. The southern portion of the county, known to locals as Lower Bucks, is home to Sesame Place, America’s only theme park based on the popular children’s show Sesame Street. The northern part of the county is a rural getaway, offering secluded bed and breakfasts. Central Bucks is home to the museums of Doylestown, the art community in New Hope, and Peddler’s Village, an outdoor shopping destination in Lahaska.* (*) source Visit Bucks County (**) Source Pennsylvania State Archives