Welcome to Doylestown, nestled in beautiful Bucks County, Pa. Located less than 30 miles north of Philadelphia, Doylestown combines classic architectural forms, history, recreation and picturesque landscapes.
Art, Architecture and Libraries
Doylestown Borough is home to three structures designed and built by Henry Chapman Mercer. The Mercer Museum, built in poured concrete, is home to Mercer's collection of early American artifacts. It also houses a collection known as "Tools of the Nation Maker,” and is one of the most important collections of its kind in the world. The Bucks County Historical Society also maintains the Spruance Library, a research library adjoining the museum. Fonthill (also known as "Mercer's Castle") was Mercer's home and houses his collection of artifacts from around the world.
Other tools and artifacts can be found at Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, an operational facility utilizing the tools and techniques used by Pennsylvania’s German potters of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The former prison, located across the street from the Mercer Museum, has been converted into the James A. Michener Art Museum. Doylestown is also located near the Polish-American Roman Catholic shrine known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, which houses a painting of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, Poland.
The borough also boasts a small music conservatory, writers' and artists' organizations, and other cultural activities.
Nature and Recreation
Located just west of Doylestown is New Britain Borough, home to the historic Pine Valley Covered Bridge. This historic landmark crosses Pine Run Creek near Peace Valley Park—a 1,500-acre area maintained by the Bucks County Parks System. The park boasts a nature center with educational opportunities for wildlife observation and preservation. It also offers fishing and sailboat and paddle boat rentals as well as more than 14 miles of maintained biking and hiking trails, some of which border Lake Galena—popular for ice skating and ice fishing in the winter.
Also within close proximity to Doylestown is the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve, a 26+-acre natural area located along the Neshaminy Creek. Owned and maintained by New Britain Borough, the woods and fields of the Preserve have been designated for habitat preservation and recreation. Miles of hiking trails offer ideal opportunities for birding, observing wildlife and nature study. A highlight of the Preserve is Miriam’s Meadow—a 2.7-acre wildflower meadow on the former property of Miriam Groner.
Nearby Major Metropolitan Areas
For those looking for trips to larger metro areas, Doylestown is located within easy proximity by car, train, or bus to Philadelphia, Pa. (30 miles); Wilmington, Delaware (55 miles); and New York City (78 miles). In addition, many beaches along the northern New Jersey coast are reachable in less than two hours.
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