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Doylestown Historical Society is opening a new exhibit featuring the amazing life of William Edgar Geil.  The exhibition will be open to the public beginning Saturday, May 30 – Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free!
Check out this amazing article which relates the amazing impact that William Edgar Geil had on the existence of the Great Wall of China  that lasts until today.
Below is an inside look at the exhibit. But truth-be-told, pictures don’t do the exhibit justice.
Here is a display of Geil's Great Wall of China's expedition

Here is a display of Geil's Great Wall of China's expedition

Here is a news clipping of the enormous crowd that turned out for Geil's speach in Australia

Here is a news clipping of the enormous crowd that turned out for Geil's speach in Australia

To see the rest of the photo gallery, click here.

Posted : May 28, 2009

It’s that time of year again–beautiful Saturdays spent at the Doylestown Farmers Market.

This is a great way to support the local economy as all the vendors live in the surrounding areas and produce whatever they sell. Other markets call themselves “Farmers Markets,” but the Doylestown Farmers Market is the real deal. The market is located on Hamilton St., between State St and Oakland Ave.

While shopping at the market, stop by and check out or beautiful B & B. We are located at 50 South Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Posted : May 21, 2009

Take a step back in time and enjoy this home, built between1813 and 1815. Whether it is a business trip, vacation, honeymoon, anniversary or weekend get-a-way, make The Hargrave House your home away from home. Experience Doylestown – it is one of the “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” named by the National Trust for Historical Preservation.

Perfectly nestled in the heart of the Doylestown Borough Historical District, Hargrave House offers luxurious guest suites with personal service and the ambiance of home, including a delicious breakfast. Our B&B overlooks the Doylestown Borough Historic Society’s pocket park.

Hargrave House B&B is conveniently located between New York City and Philadelphia. The B&B is mere steps away from the historic Bucks County Courthouse, a diverse selection of shops and boutiques, and an array of fabulous restaurants. Enjoy a short walk to many of Bucks County’s most visited sites: The Mercer Museum, The Michener Art Museum, The Civil War Museum, Font Hill and The Moravian Tiles Works, and The County Theater. The Pearl S. Buck House, Peddler’s Village Shopping Area, New Hope, Washington’s Crossing Historical Park, Bowman’s Hill, Czestachowa and other attractions are all within a short drive.

The Train and Bus Station is a short two block walk from our door, with connections to Philadelphia (1 Hour) and New York City (2 Hours). Free on-site parking is available to all of our guests for the duration of their stay.

Posted : May 20, 2009

Hey, September is not all that far away! So if you’re coming to in for the Doylestown Art Festival 2009, start planning your lodging now.

Our B & B is located in the heart of Doylestown and is newly remodeled, beautiful and lavish. We have jacuzzis is most rooms and internet. And free on-site parking-which is a big plus for the busy weekend!

Here is some info about the Doylestown Art Festival:

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 20, 2009

The next performer at this years jazz fest is Sean J. Kennedy.

Sean J. Kennedy is a Philadelphia based drum set artist and teacher, and is a proud Bosphorus Cymbals and Silver Fox Drumsticks Performing Artist.

Sean leads the critically acclaimed Philadelphia based jazz quartet, The Sean J. Kennedy Quartet. Their new CD, Queen Anne’s Revenge, features Bob Mintzer (Yellow Jackets & Buddy Rich) and Liberty DeVitto (formerly with Billy Joel). The CD is already creating quite a buzz, jazz legend Dave Brubeck recently wrote the following about Kennedy’s newest CD,

Check out the rest of Sean’s bio here. See Sean’s web site here. And, finally, here is a link to Bucks County Jazz Fest web page.

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 19, 2009

“Dr. William Edgar Geil (1865-1925) Doylestown’s Evangelical World Explorer”

On Thursday, May 28, the Doylestown Historical Society will hold a private opening of an exhibition on the life and work of Dr. William Edgar Geil, a Doylestonian, who explored China, Africa, the Holy Land, and other far-off places. He wrote nine books about his travels and lectured widely in America, England, and Australia. In 1908 was the first person to traverse the Great Wall of China, an 82-day history-making event. In 1912 he and his wife built a large, 30-room concrete mansion about a mile south of Doylestown on Route 611 with a Chinese pagoda behind it. He visited China four times. In Africa he lived among pygmies and cannibals.

The exhibition will be open to the public beginning Saturday, May 30 – Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Opening will feature a keynote by William Lindesay, founder of “The Friends of the Great Wall,” speaking from Beijing, and in person his staff member Piao, who will bring greetings to the Society.

Professor Arthur Waldron, University of Pennsylvania, prominent China specialist, will also be a speaker.

The exhibition was curated over several months by Marilyn Gustafson Arbor, daughter of Walter R. Gustafson, a local rare book dealer, who preserved Geil’s collection of papers and memorabilia for more than forty years. In 2008 Gustafson’s heirs donated the collection to the Society.

The Society is located at 56 South Main Street, Doylestown. Telephone: (215) 345-9430. Soylestown Historical Society web site can be found here.

Coming to town for this amazing exhibit? Stay with us.

Posted : May 15, 2009

The next artist we are showcasing is Devyn Rush. Here is her bio from the Bucks County Jazz Festival Website. Check it out here.

Devyn Rush is 18 years old and a senior at New Hope-Solebury High School. Nothing makes her happier than performing. You may have seen herat Lincoln Center or Off-Broadway in Spring Awakening. She also originated the role of Tia in the first Broadway workshop of Saved! The Musical. Devyn plans on continuing to pursue her dreams after high school, with the support of her incredible parents, sister/best friend and manager, Edie Robb.

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 14, 2009

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