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

OUR COLORFUL LANGUAGE by Sylvia Amato
    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

March 2oth: The First General Membership Meeting with renowned Author & Award Winning Expert Historian John A. Nagy will be speaking about his new book Spies in the Continental Capital: Espionage Across Pennsylvania During the American Revolution

All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

7pm @ Northampton Free Library Community Room, Thursday March 20th.


Our next General meeting will be held on May 29th of this year, location and speakers to be announced.


Current Projects


Addisville Reformed Church Cemetery


WatchList:

Solly House



Photos


Historical Buildings



Historical Artifacts



Videos

John Nagy, Presenter:  Spycraft During the American Revolution


Awards & Scholarships


Living Tree Award 2012


Historic Preservation Scholarship - 2011



Poster Contest Winners 2012


Links


Archives