50 South Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
Call: 215-348-3334
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Have you ever heard of Dr. William Edgar Geil? If you haven’t, you are missing out on learning about a fascinating life. One of the amazing things he did was be one of the first individuals to transverse the ENTIRE Great Wall of China.

Here is a link to a New York times article written about him.

His extrodinary life will be on display at the Doylestown Historical Society starting Sat. May 30th, and running every Saturday from 10 – 4. Or, if you can’t make it during this times, visits are welcomed through appointment.

After Geil’s widow died and 1959, the collection was auctioned to a rare books dealer in our area , Walter Gustafson, who also persevered it and left it to his heirs. In 2007 , they decided to donate the collection to our Society in accordance with his wishes to maintain it- and in his memory. Doylestown Historical Society‘s historian Tim Adamsky then discovered on-line “The International Friends of the Great Wall,” and contacted its founder , Wm. Lidesay, a Brit living in Beijing.

In June 2008, Lindesay came to Doylestown for a week to see where Geil had lived. The Doylestown Historical Society lent him the Chinese part of the collection to display in Beijing’s Imperial Museum this fall. See his attached article in China Daily.

The Doylestown Historical Society is now doing an exhibition on Geil curated by Marilyn Arbor , an accomplished curator -as well as a loving daughter of Walter Gustafson.

Posted : May 14, 2009

A busy day around our Doylestown Bed and Breakfast today. Our inn keeper, Lorna, was over at Delaware Valley College getting the word out about our renovations and new amenities. We had a meeting and finally ironed out an exceptional corporate rate for weekdays. We also had a real interesting meeting with out neighbor, the Doylestown Historical Society, about their upcoming events (check back for a post about that tonight). After our meeting, I took some pictures of the inn (will be posted soon) and scooted over to Cyborg1, a local store, to pick up a present and a couple other things. The employees were real helpful and friendly and like most Doylestown shopping, the store was inviting and very well organized.

Few towns are as beautiful as Doylestown. There is so much to do and so many great stores to go to. When you come to visit, or even if you’re a local looking for an in town get-a-way, stay Hargrave House. We are the destination for Doylestown lodging and Bucks County Lodging.

Posted : May 13, 2009

We have been spending so much time blogging about upcoming events in the Doylestown area, that we forgot to mention a little about us!

Our goal at Hargrave House B and B is to make your visit as memorable as possible.  We will be happy to coordinate all your special needs, such as gift baskets or hair, nails, and spa appointments.  Afternoon tea is available for all of our guests.

Begin every morning of your stay with a delicious  full breakfast in our elegant common room.Luxurious beds and linens, Hi-Def TV’s , lavish Jacuzzis, fireplaces, individually-controlled heat and A/C, personal refrigerators, telephone, and complimentary Wi-Fi wireless internet for your enjoyment.  Additionally, all of our rooms are equipped with a Keurig Coffee maker to ensure a great start to your day.

We are THE spot for fine Doylestown lodging. And Bucks County lodging too, for that matter.Old Hargrave House B & B is located on Main Street in the town center of Doylestown Borough.

50 South Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: 215-348-3334

Visit our home page here.

Posted : May 13, 2009

We are still getting really excited about the Bucks County Jazz Festival. As we promised, here is the second post of the performers this year. Today we’re checking out Frank DiBussolo. Here is a little about Frank:

Dr. Frank DiBussolo has been a professional musician since 1965. A graduate of Weidner University, Frank received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the Combs College of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. DiBussolo has studied theory and composition under Dennis Sandole, Albert Stauffer, Ana Kotserenko, David Finko, and Dr. Romeo Cascarino.

See more about Frank here.  And also check out his web site here.

While enjoying the Bucks County Jazz Fest, why not stay at our beautiful B & B? We have newly renovated rooms-many with jacuzzis, free on-site parking. We are located in the heart of Doylestown and are one of Doylestowns premiere Bed and Breakfasts. We a favorite spot for Doylestown Lodging and Bucks County Lodging. Make your reservations here.

Posted : May 12, 2009

Saturday, Sept 6 & Sunday Sept 7, 2008!

Doylestown’s largest festival of the year, brought to you by the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance and The Thompson Organization, is scheduled for Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (11am-5pm), September 6th and 7th. Like previous years, this festival offers wonderful artisans presenting their work for sale (crafts, photography, furniture, jewelry and more) plus great entertainment to fill the town’s streets with beautiful tunes.  The festival will take place in the center of town on State and Main Streets along with West Oakland and Hamilton Streets. There will be a food court in the Hamilton Street parking lot and live entertainment.

See other Bucks County events at http://buckscountyalive.com/events/index.cfm

Why come in and out of Doylestown for the Art festival when you can stay at our beautiful B & B? Make your reservations here. We are your place for doylestown lodging.

Posted : May 12, 2009

With all the excitement surrounding this weekend Mercer Museum Folk Festival, its easy to forget that the Bucks County Jazz Fest is right around the corner!

Every year this event is a big draw to Bucks County and lodging options fill up quickly. So be sure to make your reservations at our beautiful and newly renovated B &B. We are close by to the Jazz festival and offer free parking, so you can come and go as you please.

We’ll be posting more information about the Jazz Fest and other Bucks County and Doylestoen events daily, so make sure to check back frequently to pur blog for updates.

Posted : May 11, 2009

The Czestochowa festival is happening in Doylestown, PA on June 2oth.   Here is the site that explains the details of this annual event.

Are you coming to the Doylestown or Bucks County area for the Czestochowa Live Out Loud fest? Need a place to stay?Well, check out our B and B. We are right around the corner from the event and have free on site parking. We are a great choice for Czestochowa Festival Lodging.

Posted : May 11, 2009

There ares so many events coming up in Doylestown! Keep checking back to our blog for updates, but here is just a sample of what’s happening this summer: Bucks County Jazz Fest; Bucks County Wine Festival; Delaware Valley College Graduation, and so much more.

Whatever the occasion or event, or just for weekend (or even week night:) getaway, stay at our beautiful B & B. We are located in the heart of Doylestown in Bucks County, PA.

Posted : May 11, 2009

We at the Hargrave House B & B are really excited about the upcoming Bucks County Jazz Festival! We thought it would be nice to highlight some of the performers coming to town for this awesome event! All information is taken from the Jazz Fest home page. Check it out here!

The first performer we are profiling in Jack Wilkins. Here is his partial bio:

Guitarist Jack Wilkins has been a part of the International jazz scene for more than four decades. His flawless technique and imaginative chordal approach have inspired collaborations with Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Brookmeyer, and Buddy Rich among many others. A native of Brooklyn, Jack began playing guitar at age thirteen. His mentors included Johnny Smith, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Bill Evans, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard.

Read more about Jack Wilkins here. And check out his website,www.jackwilkins.com

Don’t forget to make your reservations at our beautiful B & B for the Bucks County Jazz Festival!

Posted : May 10, 2009

Wow! The Folk Festival is a great time. Just found this article from Mcall.com:

Both days, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine, families will be able to see craftsmen at work producing the necessities of earlier life, rather than just reading about the tasks people had to do.

There will be demonstrations of blacksmithing, glassblowing, open-hearth cooking, sheep shearing, Colonial brewing, furniture making, painting, spinning, weaving, pewter casting, broom making and paper cutting (scherenschnitte), as well as making leather goods and hand-sewn rugs.

Find the rest of the article here.

However, with all the fun planned, have you thought about lodging? Come check us out for a unique B & B experience. We are just a brief walf from the festival. Make your reservations today.

Posted : May 8, 2009