New Hope and Solebury In The Revolutionary War
Perhaps those fortunate enough to live in Bucks County Pennsylvania take all its rich history for granted. Or, maybe, some of us just do not really know what happened here during the Revolutionary War. A program was developed to help reacquaint us with the important role that Solebury and New Hope played in that war. Charlie Huchet, member of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association, Robert McEwan, member of the Solebury Township Historical Society and Roy Ziegler, member of the New Hope Historical Society produced an exciting, in-depth look at the activities that took place in Solebury and New Hope as about 2,400 troops of Washington’s army marched through the area to the famous crossing on Christmas night, 1776, and later when the entire Continental Army crossed at Coryell’s Ferry, now New Hope, in June, 1778 on their march from Valley Forge to the important Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey. The event took place on the 235th anniversary of that crossing.
On June 20 at 7 PM at the Phillips Mill, Terry McNealy, historian, author, Secretary to the Board of Directors of the New Hope Historical Society and member of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association, presented a discussion of the events and places in Solebury and New Hope that were so prominent in the conduct of the Revolutionary War.
On Sunday, June 23 at 1 PM a Trolley Tour visited 13 places that Mr. McNealy’s presentation discussed. The tour left from Phillips’ Mill and traveled to Buckingham, where the first stop was Bogart’s Tavern, the headquarters of General Nathaniel Green, where he had given the order to gather the Durham boats for General Washington’s crossing. The tour traveled along the Old York Road through Holicong, Lahaska, Solebury, stopping at Rolling Green Farm, Paxson-Rhoads estate, the Ferry Landing in New Hope and the redoubts that had been constructed by Washington’s army at what is now the site of the current New Hope Borough Hall. Then it continued to the Thompson-Neely House for the final stop before the Trolley returned to Phillips Mill for a wine and cheese reception.