Marble Mason Thomas Hargrave Purchases Doylestown Property

Marble Mason Thomas Hargrave Purchases Doylestown Property

On March 23, 1855, Philadelphian Thomas Hargrave bought the lot and house for $1,600. Hargrave, a marble mason by profession, had come to Doylestown two years earlier to open a second establishment of his large marble monument business. He later became one of Doylestown’s most prominent businessmen. A native of Leeds in Yorkshire, England, Thomas […]

William Penn and His Land

William Penn and His Land

There is plenty of history behind what is now Hargrave House. And it began with William Penn, who asked England’s King Charles II for land in America as payment for a debt owed to his deceased father. The king granted him 40,000 acres in 1681, which eventually became known as Pennsylvania. Eleven years later, Penn […]

Researching Our Past

Researching Our Past

Doylestown is a treasure box filled with all kinds of interesting historical nuggets. We stumble on them now and again as we look into Hargrave House’s past and celebrate its 200th year at what is now 50 S. Main St. J. Kurt Spence of Doylestown Historical Society pieced together our 200-year history through various sources. […]

Celebrating 200 Years of History in Doylestown

Celebrating 200 Years of History in Doylestown

This year is an important year in Hargrave House’s history. We’re celebrating the building’s 200th anniversary! According to historical research, the three-story stone building was erected sometime between 1812 and 1814. The house itself has had several owners with varied professions during that time period, including a doctor, a Bucks County judge, a family whose […]