We have had an assortment of interesting guests staying with us over the years. Recently, we provided lodging for a visiting film crew from Beijing who were in town to document the part explorer William Edgar Geil played in mapping the Great Wall of China.
Geil, a contemporary of Henry Mercer, is thought to be the first Westerner who traveled the entire length of the wall. Our neighbors at Doylestown Historical Society hold his archives.
Geil’s journey will be the subject of one segment of a six-part documentary planned for Chinese television in 2016. The crew shot footage at a handful of Doylestown sites, including his boyhood home on Court Street, Doylestown Cemetery (where the Geil family is interred) and The Barrens, a stately manor at the south end of town where Geil and his wife lived. Plans are in the works for the documentary to be released internationally and reformatted for IMAX viewing.