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Doylestown, PA

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Bucks County. One of Pennsylvania's three original counties. Formed 1682 by William Penn and site of his home, Pennsbury Manor. Name is derived from abbreviation for Buckinghamshire in England. Doylestown, chosen as county seat in 1812, was incorporated 1838.

Courthouse, E. Court St., Doylestown, PA, United States
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Charles Sheeler (1883-1965). Modernist painter and photographer, known for a seemingly impersonal, machine-inspired style called precisionism. Subjects included factories, skyscrapers, and Bucks County barns. He rented the Worthington House, 1910-26, and here he did important early work.

39 Mercer Ave. at Center St., Doylestown, PA, United States
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Doylestown Agricultural Works. Constructed in 1867, this factory produced farm machinery and ironwork and was, for many years, the area's largest employer. It sold products around the world and, like other midsize metalworking firms, contributed to America's industrial growth. In its declining years, it was owned by General Motors' Sampson Tractor Division (1920-21) and others. Ceased manufacturing operations in 1937.

Ashland St. near Main, Doylestown, PA, United States
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Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Archaeologist, scholar, collector, tile maker. Mercer was born and worked in Doylestown. Between 1908 & 1916, he designed and built three unique concrete structures: Fonthill, his castle-like home; the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, where he made his distinctive handcrafted products; and the Mercer Museum, site of his vast collection of early Americana. His patented tile mosaics decorate the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

Pa. 313 in front of Tile Works, Doylestown, PA, United States
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James A. Michener (1907-1997). The world famous author grew up in Doylestown and graduated in 1925 from the public school formerly here, having been a top- ranking student. His first novel, "Tales of the South Pacific", received the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His many other books include "The Fires of Spring" (1965), & "Recessional" (1994). He traveled widely and was a noted art collector and philanthropist.

East Court St. near Broad St., Doylestown, PA, United States
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Margaret Mead (1901-1978). The world-renowned anthropologist and writer lived in this house and graduated in 1918 from Doylestown High School. Among her most famous works are "Coming of Age in Samoa" (1928) and "Male and Female" (1949).

225 W. Court St., Doylestown, PA, United States
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Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960). Lyricist and librettist whose collaboration with composer Richard Rodgers transformed the Broadway musical. Their works include South Pacific (1949), The King & I (1951), and The Sound of Music (1959). The bucolic landscape of Hammerstein's nearby farm inspired him to write "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" for the musical Oklahoma! in 1943.

E State St. (Bus. 202) at East Rd., Doylestown, PA, United States
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Casimir Sienkiewicz (1890-1974). Prominent economist and banker who emigrated from Poland in 1906. He was an advisor to federal, state, and local governments, an active civic and community leader, and was also a well-known impressionist painter. In 1964, he was named first chairman of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), one of the largest urban mass transit agencies in the nation. He resided here, 1938-1974.

202 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA, United States
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W. Atlee Burpee (1858-1915). Founder at age 18 of the seed company bearing his name. At. Fordhook Farm nearby, he developed Golden Bantam Corn, Bush Lima Beans, Iceberg Lettuce, & other plant varieties. He gave this park to the Borough in honor of his wife Blanche.

Burpee Park, Church St. near E Oakland Ave. (Rt. 202), Doylestown, PA, United States
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W.W.H. Davis (1820-1910). Statesman, historian, author, lawyer, soldier, he wrote 10 books, rose to Civil War general, was acting governor of the Territory of New Mexico, and founded the Bucks Historical Society (1880). He lived here for 51 years.

60 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA, United States

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