Another Visit To Doylestown; An Evening At An Enchanted House And So Much More.
I had to file some more legal papers for my nephew and law partner Charles in the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown last week. This time I decided to stay overnight in this quaint little historic town in southeastern Pennsylvania, about 90 miles from my home. I learned that the bed and breakfast at Highland Farm was once the home of Oscar Hammerstein II, so, of course, I had to stay here.
I left, with my nephew Mike, late Thursday afternoon and arrived at the bed and breakfast in early evening . We were greeted by a most friendly, and knowledgeable, hostess Christine who gave us a tour of the house, told us some history, and showed us our rooms.
I always enjoy staying in the homes of historic or artistic people and I really feel the presence of the individuals who lived their daily routines here. I became even more inspired as I learned more of the life highly talented Mr. Hammerstein. I learned he composed most of the lyrics to his many famous songs here. It was a very special place.
I walked past the cultural district which I had visited on my last trip here and again enjoyed the lush gardens, old churches and homes. The streets were crowded with people taking walking tours of this beautiful district. I walked past the Michener and Mercer Museum and into the more commercial areas of Main Street.
It was getting late, and I was getting hungry, so I headed back to the pond where my nephew was fishing and we walked back to Highland Farm. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk through the streets of Doylestown https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/doylestown-evening-walk-june-16-2016
After a quick shower we headed for a nice meal at the Pennsylvania Soup and Seafood House and returned for a reflective evening at Highland Farm. I spent some time reading the many beautiful lyrics written by Mr. Hammerstein .I fell asleep with the songs of the Sounds of Music echoing in my head and I was transported back in time, imagining Mr. Hammerstein composing this timeless lyrics under this same roof.
I had a peaceful sleep and was awoken at dawn by the birds singing in the trees in the nearby trees. I wondered if they could have been the offspring of the same birds that may have inspired Mr. Hammerstein compose his beautiful lyrics. After enjoying the songs of the birds and watching the dawn in the gardens I walked my nephew back to the pond and I again explored the streets of Doylestown.
This time I walked along more well maintained house of East Street toward the famous home of Mr Mercer, Fonthill Castle. Mr Mercer operated the Moravian Tile Works nearby and built this impressive concrete structure in 1910.
I walked back into town and into a cemetery. You can learn a lot about a town and it’s history and people from visiting a cemetery and once again I did. The residents here sure made it known that they honored their departed Veterans as evidenced by the many Memorials dating back to those who served in the Civil War.I left the cemetery and again found myself in some beautiful residential neighborhoods with a lot of history. I never heard of this famous man who share my ancestry and who lived in this wonderful little town, as did so many other famous men and woman.
I learned that Main Street and State Street were once a major crossroads of the Native Americans who lived in this area for a thousand years. I love visiting these historic sites and wondered if some of the Native Americans who frequented these paths may have made their way to the lands I hike in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I sat here for awhile and reflected on the many folks who traveled this crossroad before me. Here is a link to some more photographs from my morning walk. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/doylestown-morning-walk-june-17-2016
I then headed back, retracing my walk on E Ashland Street from the night before. I met my nephew at the pond and learned he had a good morning catching trout and we both headed back to the Highland Farm for a wonderful breakfast and some pleasant conversation with some fellow guests from New York City, I wish I could have spent more time at this enchanted house but I had to file those papers at the Courthouse. Here is a link to a few more photographs from our stay at Highland Farm.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/highland-farm-june-17-2016
After taking care of business and doing my filing at the Courthouse I took my nephew to visit The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, one of his grandfather’s most cherished places. My dad was proud of his Polish heritage and was a devout Catholic and enjoyed visiting this Shrine.
I told my nephew how my dad and I shared a love for mockingbirds and how one landed and sang on a statue my last visit. And sure enough a mockingbird again landed on the same statue while we visited and serenaded us with it’s beautiful song. Dad was happy we were there.
After visiting the Shrine we drove to the reservoir at Peace Valley located in the valley below the Shrine. We first stopped at the nature preserve and watched some geese, blue herons, , ducks and turtles from the bridge where Neshaminy creek enters the Peace Valley Reservoir, including this young snapping turtle.
The trails were crowded with runners, bikers and walkers, including many moms, dads and grandparents pushing strollers. The picnic areas were also crowded on this sunny hot day and there were even artists painting along the shores of this beautiful reservoir.
It was a hot and humid day so I ended my hike and walked back to the pier where I left my nephew and watched him fish for awhile. He caught a few nice bass which he released . I wish we could have stayed in this peaceful place but we had to head home. It was an enjoyable way to spend a June day. I am sure there are many more wonderful secrets hidden in Doylestown and Bucks County and I sure plan to return to find them. Here is a link to some more photographs from our visit to the Shrine and reservoir. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/doylestown-shrine-of-our-lady-of-czestochowa-and-peace-valley-june-17-2016
“There is a very real relationship, both quantitatively and qualitatively, between what you contribute and what you get out of this world.” ― Oscar Hammerstein II