Langhorne began in the 17th century as a crossroads called Four Lanes End. The road from Bristol to Durham intersected with the road between Philadelphia and Trenton at the center of the village. These two roads were originally Lenni-Lenape Indian paths that later became known as Maple Avenue and Bellevue Avenue after developing into roads. In the 1720s, Joseph Richardson settled and eventually opened up a general store and inn at the crossroads. Langhorne continued to grow into a very important transportation center between Trenton and Philadelphia in the later eighteenth century and nineteenth century. Langhorne eventually became the stagecoach transportation hub of Bucks County, transporting people between Trenton and Philadelphia.
The village was known as Attleborough until 1876, when it was incorporated and named for Jeremiah Langhorne, an early resident of the area and former chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the village continued to grow as wealthy Philadelphians constructed large homes and businesses along Maple and Bellevue Avenue.
Nearby, Holland, despite its proximity to Philadelphia, was quite rural for much of its history. A building boom in the 1970s resulted in a significant increase in housing capacity, mainly in the form of large tract-housing developments (e.g. Hillcrestshire, located off of Buck Road). Since then, the town has seen additional growth, becoming a prototypical commuter bedroom community for suburban families. The area's proximity to both Philadelphia and the Trenton/Princeton, New Jersey area makes Holland (and, indeed, this part of Bucks County in general) a more desirable housing option for commuters.
Holland is at the crossroads of the Boston to Washington "Northeast" corridor, as well as I-95 and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes. This makes it attractive to two-income families who find themselves commuting in different directions, such as to Philadelphia and Princeton.
Langhorne enjoys a rich past. General George Washington came to Langhorne after the Battle of Trenton in 1776 and set up a hospital for Revolutionary War soldiers. The noted American folk painter, Edward Hicks, was born in Langhorne in 1780. The architecture of the town reflects its past. Large Victorian and colonial homes dating back more than two hundred years grace the main roads in town. These buildings still stand helping to make up the business district of the Borough. Its tree-lined streets and large open yards reflect the grandeur and elegance that characterized Langhorne's past. As a small town, Langhorne remains an excellent community in which to live and raise a family.
This part of Bucks County, in addition to being close to all that Philadelphia has to offer, has plenty to do in its own right. Families love to spend a sunny Saturday at Washington Crossing Historic Park, where they can stand where the General embarked on his daring journey to Trenton and ultimate victory over the British. You can also see Emanuel Leutze's famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware. In addition to the museum, there is plenty of open space to enjoy the great outdoors. Bucks County is also known for its scenic beauty. With so much to do, you will have a hard time choosing whether you want to hike, camp, bike, golf, tube, kayak or canoe. Once you settle down in beautiful Langhorne or Holland, you will enjoy plenty of time to try it all.
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