So after Jeremiah Langhorne died, the executors sold 172 acres of land and 141 perches (which amounts to a little less than an acre in today’s property measurements) to a man named William Scott. Later in the same year, 1753, Scott sold the parcel of land to Archibald Crawford of Warwick Township. The purchase price is not known. Hargrave House now stands on a portion of that land.
As an aside, other owners of large tracts of land around the crossroads that now make up the heart of Doylestown were Joseph Kirkbride, Robert Scott, Edward and William Doyle, Isabella Crawford, and the Flacks.
Like his father, Edward, William Doyle was a tavern keeper. At the time, he went to the county seat – then in Newtown – to petition for a license to allow him to keep a public house. Records indicate he had the recommendations of 14 of his neighbors and friends. The petition asked that no public house be located within 5 miles of where they lived. The Doyles built an inn at the crossroads in 1745. The crossroads were then named Dyer’s Mill Road (now Main Street), running north and south, and Swedesford-Coryell’s Ferry Road (now State Street), running east and west. The inn and tavern was known as Doyle’s Tavern and is where Starbucks is located today.
The family ran the tavern for 30 years before moving to New York state. The country crossroads was called Doylestown in honor of the early pioneer Doyle family.
December happens to be one of our favorite months here at Hargrave House. Doylestown is all gussied up for the holidays – from the stately Christmas tree set up in Starbucks’ parking lot at State and Main, to the snowflake ornaments adorning streetlamps, to the larger-than-life dreidel at Hamilton and State streets. It’s just so pretty to walk through town! We also love the long-standing tradition Mercer and Michener museums have of jointly hosting their holiday open houses on the same night. Make sure you set aside a few hours Tuesday evening, Dec. 10, to sample some of their seasonal spirit and maybe check out a few things you’ve never seen at the two cultural institutions. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m. And don’t forget to throw an evergreen branch into the bonfire near Mercer’s log cabin as part of the annual “burning of the greens.” The symbolic gesture allows you to “wish your troubles away” in hopes of a better new year to come – a perfectly pleasant idea!
We’ve always been fans of fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables. How can you not be when they taste so good? So we’re thrilled that Saturday marks the season opening of the Doylestown Farmers’ Market right around the corner from us on South Hamilton Street.
The market, sponsored by Buckingham Township Civic Association, is celebrating its 38th year. Bucks County is home to some wonderful farms just down the road from us. Your friendly vendors sell a variety of products. How about some homemade granola or grass-fed Angus beef? Take home some of the all-natural scented soaps or a lovely, fragrant bouquet of fresh-cut flowers (that in itself will win you points with your honey!) You can get a whole list of what you can purchase on the BTCA website.
The market opens at 7 a.m. each Saturday and closes at noon. The last day of the season is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
If you’re at all familiar with Doylestown, you know we’ve got some darn good restaurants in here town. Here’s your chance to get to know some of the ones you’re not familiar with. Starting today and running through April 21 is Doylestown Restaurant Week. More than 25 restaurants – from Indian cuisine to offerings at a new raw juice bar – are participating. They’re going to have some special menu items and discounted prices. So, let’s eat!
We’ve long known that Doylestown has some of the finest restaurants in the region. We’ve had guests come to stay with us specifically so they could go to dinner at some of them. Well, one of the recent blog posts on the Zagat website – you know, the famed restaurant reviewers? – confirmed our opinions. Domani Star on West State Street was listed as one of the top 10 best Italian restaurants in the Philadelphia area. Readers of the blog voted in a survey, with one of the diners calling Domani Star’s meatballs “to die for.” Here’s a link to the DoylestownPatch story, which also links to the Zagat blog. Congrats to one of Doylestown’s superb eateries!