"10 Little Known Facts about Bucks County"
Today is National Trivia Day! In honor of this exciting day, we’ve put together a list of “10 Little Known Facts about Bucks County” to keep the trivia fun going. Let’s get started!
Did you know…
- Bucks County was founded in 1682 by William Penn. He named the county after Buckinghamshire, his family home in England.
- The Logan Inn in New Hope is the oldest continuously running inn in Bucks County. Established in 1727, it offered its services to George Washington and his men and is said to be home to at least four ghosts.
- Sesame Place is the only amusement park nationwide solely themed after the television show, Sesame Street. It will re-open April 27, 2013 to welcome in a fun new season all year through the holidays!
- John Fitch built the first steam-powered boat in the U.S. in Warminster in 1785. It traveled nearly 3,000 miles in 1790, transporting passengers and freight between Philadelphia and Trenton. A six-foot long, steam operated model of the first steamboat can now be seen at the John Fitch Steamboat Museum in Warminster.
- The movie Signs directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Mel Gibson was filmed and takes place in Bucks County. The scenes in the bookstore and pizza shop were filmed in Newtown and the scenes of the house and cornfield were shot on 40 acres of land belonging to Delaware Valley College in Doylestown. The pharmacy scene was shot in Morrisville.
- Bucks County is home to twelve remaining covered bridges, many located on the beautiful country roads of Bucks County. A self-guided driving tour itinerary is available on Visit Bucks County’s website.
- In 1777, General Washington had his headquarters at The Moland House in Hartsville, where it is believed that the "Betsy Ross" flag was first flown. Guided tours of The Moland House are available between 1 PM and 4 PM on the second Sunday of every month.
- The Bucks County Playhouse opened on July 1, 1939 and over the next 70 years hosted the Who’s Who of Hollywood and Broadway legends including Grace Kelly, Angela Lansbury Bea Arthur, Walter Matthau and many more.
- The massive stone walls and warden’s house that reside on the grounds of the James A Michener Art Museum began as the Bucks County Prison back in 1884. The museum is now home to a world class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings.
- Bucks County is home to the Bucks County Wine Trail, comprised of nine wineries, each with their own distinct charm and specialty wines. The gentle rolling hills, deep well-drained soils, and moderate climate combine to make Bucks County one of the premier grape growing regions of the East Coast.
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