A Little Hargrave House History

Hargrave House has had a wide and varied history during its 200-plus years in Doylestown. 

According to research by those in the know, the three-story, Georgian-style stone building was erected sometime between 1812 and 1814. The house itself has had several owners with diverse professions during that time period, including a doctor, a Bucks County judge, a family whose young son would grow up to be noted Doylestown reporter Lester Trauch, and a successful marble carver whose surname has graced the building in its most recent existence as a flourishing bed and breakfast.

Do we have ghosts? We get that question a lot, since the original building is quite old. And the answer is none that we’ve seen. Or heard. Of course, we’re always open to the chance meeting of a bona fide spirit – as long as he or she is a friendly one!

Hargrave House

Our roots go back about 200 years, when the Georgian-style, stone house we now occupy was built by David Carr Jr. on a quarter acre of land that was part of the original Magill farm. Since that time, a variety of people claimed ownership of the property, including a doctor, a Bucks County judge, and the successful monument carver Thomas Hargrave, whose surname now graces the building in its most recent existence as a flourishing bed and breakfast. Based in the center of the town’s historic district, Hargrave House is just one of the many beautiful old homes, unique museums, many restaurants, and attractive specialty shops that give rise to Doylestown as a complete walker’s paradise!

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