Take a fascinating journey focusing on one of the nation’s most colorful river towns, and learn all about its diverse population, eclectic shops, and natural beauty. This is New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Author: Roy Ziegler for the New Hope Historical Society
Thousands of years after an American Indian tribe settled at the foot of a great spring, William Penn and the Quakers arrived in New Hope, Pennsylvania. It would be the beginning of an epic romance, as the borough has developed into one of the most beloved river towns in the world. During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington marched through the borough on four documented occasions. At the pinnacle of the war, ten thousand Continental Army troops crossed Coryell’s Ferry as they went on to win a crucial victory at the Battle of Monmouth. But it’s not just New Hope’s location on the Delaware River that has made is so important. Artists of the impressionist school produced great landscape paintings there, and classic Broadway and Hollywood stars played in front of the footlights at New Hope's famous Bucks County Playhouse. In more recent years, the borough became the first in Pennsylvania to pass a comprehensive ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Take a fascinating journey focusing on one of the nation’s most colorful river towns, and learn all about its diverse population, eclectic shops, and natural beauty. This is New Hope, Pennsylvania.