Northampton Township Historical Society


The Northampton Historical Society started out of a need for a group that took a more active role in the preservation of historic sites and artifacts. 

Northampton Township, and Bucks County in general, contains a wealth of historical properties, homes, objects, and stories.  We would like to find ways to keep these alive by linking the people and businesses in our community to the rich history that surrounds them, to move neighbors beyond a generic knowledge of history to actually experiencing it so that the history becomes personal and alive.


Preserving the Past Before It’s Too Late...

It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future. ~ William Murtagh, Keeping Time:  The History and Theory of Preservation in America

If we wish to have a future with greater meaning, we must concern ourselves . . . with the total heritage of the nation and all that is worth preserving from our past as a living part of the present. ~ from With Heritage So Rich, 1966

THIS OLD HOUSE by Eileen Zolotorofe
    After a year and a half of exchanging emails with the present owners, Evan and Rebecca Resnikoff, I was finally able to arrange a mutually agreeable appointment to visit Worthington Manour - the 21st century name given to the handsome and expansive property on Worthington Mill Road in Richboro.
    Located on slightly less than 2 of the original acres, Worthington Manour was built with beautiful local, dressed stone.  The house, built in four stages, dates back to the 1770s.  The first owner of the land on which the house was eventually built was John Bown (1690), who released the lot to Abraham Bennett on January 29, 1731. . .
             . . .for more about this house and the ghost stories attached to it, click here and become a member of the Historical Society

    American English is studded with expressions that hearken back to our colonial roots.  Our forefathers (and mothers) used these terms in everyday speech to refer to food, taverns, muskets, clothing, housing, religious and secular observances, etc.  While today’s meanings are more figurative than literal, these peculiar phrases owe their origins to our eighteenth century past.
    On a Revolutionary battlefield in Bucks County, a young soldier knew that if he placed his musket in the safety position (half-cocked), he had better remember to advance to full-cock or his musket wouldn’t fire.  Today, a person who “goes off half-cocked” has not prepared well for an event.  Speaking of guns, a colonial gunsmith made three parts - the lock, the stock, and the barrel for a musket.  One might today own something as a whole, thus it can be owned “lock, stock, and barrel.”  We can also trace “skin flint” and “flash in the pan” to those same colonial weapons. . .
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News from the Historia ...

Upcoming events

May 29th: The Second General Membership Meeting will be held at The Churchville Nature Center. We will be touring a 1500’s reconstructed village where a presenter will be showing us the type of tools, clothing, musical instruments, hunting tools and the culture that existed back then. We will then enjoy a presentation in the community room at the Nature Center where refreshments will be provided.

For members the event is free. a $5.00 fee will be charged at the door for non-members.

Join us @7pm @ Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville, PA
215- 357-4005 on Thursday May 29th.

Our next General meeting will be held on a date to be determined of this year, location and speakers to be announced.

Current Projects

Addisville Reformed Church Cemetery


Solly House


Historical Buildings

Historical Artifacts


George Washington: Sam Davis on loan from the Washington Crossing Historic Park spoke on the Crossing the Delaware and surprising the British with a victory that turned the war...

John Nagy, Presenter:  Spycraft During the American Revolution

Awards & Scholarships

Living Tree Award 2012

Historic Preservation Scholarship - 2011

Poster Contest Winners 2012