Imagine a town of slightly more than two thousand people that has played a major role in the American Revolution, that was an early American manufacturing center, that was a major crossroads of travel between New York and Philadelphia, and that has boasted notable residents such as: Vice President Aaron Burr, author James Michener, Sons of Anarchy star Winter Ave Zoli, professional women’s soccer player Amber Brooks, Silence of the Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally, former Buffalo Bills linebacker Bryan Scott, musicians such as Sim Cain (drummer for the Rollins Band) and Gene & Dean Ween (founders of the alt-rock band Ween), and numerous artists from the Pennsylvania Impressionist school of landscape painting.
First settled around 1700, what is now known as the borough of New Hope, Pennsylvania, was originally a crossing point for a ferry that ran between the colonies of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Named Coryell’s Ferry (after the owner of the ferry service), it would be renamed New Hope in 1791 following a fire that destroyed much of the town. In the 19th century, flour and paper mills provided much of the town’s economic power. As those industries left New Hope, the town’s vibrant restaurant scene, quaint streets, and storefront businesses made it into a thriving tourist destination. In fact, today New Hope’s largest industry is tourism (via Wikipedia).
On a beautiful, if very hot, Saturday in June, I set off for New Hope with a new companion: my wife! At a small ceremony at the New Jersey shore, my fiancee and I were married, surrounded by our immediate family. For our first road trip together as a married couple, we had a fun (if very hot!) adventure. Before I begin the photo essay of our trip, however, a bit of a wedding update is in order:
New Hope is a great destination for excellent restaurants, historic museums, cool shops, and enjoyable walks. Located about 45 minutes north of Philadelphia, it is also approximately 90 minutes from New York City, and well worth the visit. The Parry Mansion is open from May through November each year, and is open every day during that time from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. While donations are appreciated, the tours are completely free. It is hard to go wrong with choosing a good restaurant. Besides Karla’s, I have also received recommendations for Cafe Blue Moose and Havana. Friends have also shared that John and Peter’s is a great place to catch live music throughout the year. Thanks for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead!