Local Treasures

Places you may not have thought to visit - PART 6

More great places you may not have thought to visit!

Bucks County Playhouse

70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938 (map it)

Bucks County Playhouse New Hope PA

The Bucks County Playhouse is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, at the site of a former grist mill on the banks of the Delaware River. The original structure was built in 1790 when owner Benjamin Parry rebuilt the Hope Mills, which had recently burned down. The newly christened New Hope Mills inspired the village to change its name from Coryell’s Ferry to New Hope. Facing demolition in the 1930s, the site was saved when a small band of artists, including Broadway playwright and Bucks County resident Moss Hart, helped rally the local community to renovate it as a theater. The Bucks County Playhouse opened on July 1, 1939, with a production of Springtime for Henry, featuring Edward Everett Horton. Over the next 70 years, a veritable Who’s Who of Hollywood and Broadway legends have played the stage of BCP - Grace Kelly, Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, Walter Matthau, Uta Hagen, Leslie Neilson, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, Liza Minnelli, Helen Hayes, Andrea McArdle, June Lockhart, Colleen Dewhurst, Kitty Carlisle, Bert Lahr, and Robert Redford, to name a few. Visit website >

Trenton Fire Museum

244 Perry Street, Trenton, NJ 08618 (map it)

Trenton Fire Museum

The Meredith Havens Fire Museum in Trenton, New Jersey was created in 1959 and within ten years had established one of the largest collections on the eastern seaboard. The Museum houses one of the largest collections of fire helmets on the east coast and now proudly displays, courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Parks and Forestry, a Philadelphia-style, double-decker hand pumper originally purchased in 1850 for the Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company of Trenton. The mission of the Meredith Havens Fire Museum of Trenton is to preserve materials, artifacts and skills related to the history of fire fighting in Trenton and surrounding municipalities in order to enhance the public’s knowledge of the fire fighter’s life. Visit website >

The Moravian Museum

214 East Center Street, Nazareth, PA 18064 (map it)

Moravian Museum

Established in 1857, the Moravian Historical Society is the third oldest historical society in the state of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to present the story of the Moravian Church and its contributions to American history and culture. The Society is housed in the 1740 Whitefield House on the historic Ephrata Tract in downtown Nazareth. The Moravian Historical Society offers a variety of events for all ages and interest levels. Members and non members are invited to exhibition openings, youth and adult programs, benefit events and fundraisers. The Museum offers one of the oldest and most distinguished collections of artifacts, art, and architecture related to Moravian history in North America. Visit website >

American Treasure Tour

122 Mill Road, Oaks, PA 19456 (map it)

American Treasure Tour, Oaks PA

The American Treasure Tour is an all indoor massive collection of Americana from antiques to kitsch to pop culture. Two major exhibits are mechanical music and classic preserved automobiles. The mechanical music display includes hundreds of machines such as nickelodeons, band organs and music boxes. In addition to seeing the sights you will hear the great sounds of the music of days gone by. There is also a jam packed display of animated store window advertising, dolls, doll houses, model airplanes, circus, patriotic, holiday items and many surprises. Group tours ride the tram to experience the vast collection as well as enjoy a seated presentation in the Music Room. Reservations are required. Visit website >

Martin Guitar Factory and Museum

510 Sycamore Street, Nazareth, PA 18064 (map it)

Martin Guitar Factory and Museum, Nazareth, PA

The Martin Guitar Museum is a centre for reflection, bringing together music history, culture and craftsmanship. Attractive displays showcase over 170 exquisitely crafted guitars that parallel 174 years of history. Through six generations, Martin Guitar's legendary heritage has helped create music history and define musical culture. The guided factory tour starts in the lobby of the Visitors Center which houses the entrance to the Martin Guitar Museum, 1833 Shop and a gallery wall of famous Martin owners. Guests are also invited to visit the Pickin' Parlor to play some of Martin's high-end and Limited Edition models. Visit website >

MORE LOCAL TREASURES:

Part 1
Carousel Village (Wrightstown)
Garden of Reflection (Yardley)
Raven Rock Bridge (Lumberville)
Ringing Rocks (Upper Black Eddy)
Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ)
Part 2
Hortulus Farm (Wrightstown)
Red Mill Museum (Clinton, NJ)
America on Wheels (Allentown)
Hunterdon Arboretum (Lebanon)
Lost River Caverns (Hellertown)
Part 3
Northlandz (Flemington)
Black River RR (Flemington)
Elmwood Park Zoo (Norristown)
Howell Farm (Lambertville)
Audubon Center (Audubon)
Part 4
DaVinci Science Center (Allentown)
The Stoogeum (Ambler)
Washington Mem. Chapel (Valley Forge)
NJ State Museum (Trenton)
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum (Horsham)
Part 5
Lights in the Parkway (Allentown)
Byers Choice Holiday (Chalfont)
Holiday Garden Railway (Philadelphia)
Brandywine Christmas (Chadds Ford)
Downtown Bethlehem (Bethlehem)
Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square)
Peddlers Village (Lahaska)
Part 6
Bucks County Playhouse (New Hope)
Trenton Fire Museum (Trenton)
Moravian Museum (Nazareth)
American Treasure Tour (Oaks)
Martin Guitar Factory (Nazareth)
Part 7
Barn Nature Center (Doylestown)
Greenshire Gardens (Quakertown)
Lockwood Gorge (Lebanon Twp, NJ)
Chanticleer Garden (Wayne)
Boyertown Museum (Boyertown)
Part 8
Canal Boat Ride (Easton)
Classic Car Museum (Pottsville)
Delaware Canal (Easton to Bristol)
Mack Trucks Museum (Allentown)
Sanderson Museum (Chadds Ford)
Part 9
Sculpture Park (Jenkintown)
Bowmans Hill Tower (New Hope)
Bowmans Hill Wildflowers (New Hope)
Delaware Valley Fire Museum (New Hope)
Morris Arboretum (Philadelphia)
Part 10
Halloween
Fall Season
Ghost Tours
Cemetery Tours
Apple Picking
Part 11
Lakota Wolf Preserve (Columbia, NJ)
Mt Airy Art Garage (Philadelphia)
The Highlands (Fort Washington)
LV Heritage Museum (Allentown)
Bucks Childrens Museum (New Hope)
Part 12
Insectarium (Philadelphia)
Magic Gardens (Philadelphia)
Edgar Allan Poe House (Philadelphia)
Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia)
Mütter Museum (Philadelphia)
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