Introducing The Area Guide Book

A Resident’s Handbook and Traveler’s Companion to the River Towns, County Centers, and Country Byways of Bucks County, Pennsylvania & Hunterdon County, New Jersey

Now in its 39th annual edition, The Area Guide Book looks at the river towns, villages, and countryside of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Hunterdon County, New Jersey, focusing on their history, the environment, and the arts, as well as the events and people who have made, and continue to make, the area surrounding the Delaware River a special and sought after place to raise a family, to spend the summer months, or just to visit. The book’s color and black & white pages include brief histories of the towns and villages, photographs, maps, directories, a calendar of events, as well as advertising from many of the areas finest business establishments.

The Lenni-Lenape were the area’s first inhabitants, followed in the seventeenth century by colonials, largely Quakers who settled the lands granted to William Penn by George II. In colonial terms, by the start of the American Revolution the lands that comprise the two counties were already well populated. Strategically located between New York and  Philadelphia, the river valley is steeped in Revolutionary War history, most notably as the site of Gen. George Washington’s Christmas crossing of the Delaware River preceding his victory at Trenton in 1776. The villages of Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania and Washington Crossing, New Jersey commemorate the event with riverside parks and share an annual reenactment of the crossing.


Marker in Washington Crossing
Historic Park at the foot of
Bowman's Hill.

Replica of the Emil Leutze painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware
A replica of the Emil Leutze
painting, Washington Crossing the
Delaware
, hangs in the auditorium at
the Washington Crossing Historic Park
in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.

The Bucks County countryside is perhaps best known nationally and internationally through the paintings of the Pennsylvania impressionists, among them Edward W. Redfield and Daniel Garber, who established an art colony here in the early twentieth century. Hunterdon County, which shares the landscape of the river valley, became renowned in 1935 when the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, accused of kidnapping the son of aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, was held in the Hunterdon County Courthouse in Flemington.

Daniel Garber, Springtime in the Village
Daniel Garber, Springtime in the Village,
ca. 1917, oil on canvas. In Trust to the
James A. Michener Art Museum from
Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest. Courtesy
of the James A. Michener Art Museum.

Edward W. Redfield, The Trout Brook
Edward W. Redfield, The Trout Brook,
1916, oil on canvas. Trust to the
James A. Michener Art Museum from
Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest. Courtesy
of the James A. Michener Art Museum.

Today, the two counties celebrate their past and present with a cultural life that is rich in history, music, theater, and the visual arts, and with preservation initiatives intended to assure that a turn off a main road will always lead to unsurpassed countryside.

Fonthill museum, home of Henry Chapman Mercer
Fonthill museum, home of Henry
Chapman Mercer, one of three
museums that comprise The Mercer
Mile in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Clinton, New Jersey's Red Mill
Clinton, New Jersey's Red Mill,
home of the Hunterdon Historical
Museum, is the most photographed
site in the State.

For a taste of all The Area Guide Book has to offer, we invite you to preview the book and peruse the online directories to art, antiques and fine crafts; entertainment, recreation and museums; lodging; dining; and shopping and services. In the pages of The Area Guide Book visitors will find everything they need to plan a great stay in the country. Residents and visitors alike will find little known facts, something to do this weekend, a restaurant for a special occasion or just a night out, or a bed and breakfast or country inn that’s around the corner but world’s away. As for shopping, you will find all manner of things, from luxuries to essentials to a real estate agent who can help you find a new home in a place that many locals believe is, in the words of Voltaire’s Candide, “the best of all possible worlds”.

Click on Preview The Book to enjoy both a sense of The Area Guide Book and some of the articles from the current 39th edition. Click on Looking Back for articles of special interest from past editions. Click on Bucks and Hunterdon Counties at a Glance to learn more about the wonderful towns in these two counties.

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