Upper Makefield was organized in 1737.
Lower Makefield had been an organized township forty-five years before Upper Makefield was separated from it, and it was the last of the original townships below Bedminster to be organized. About 1695
Thomas Holme laid off a tract of seven thousand five hundred acres for William Penn, immediately north of Lower
Makefield, which was given the name of "Manor of Highlands.
At the March term, 1737, a petition, signed by twenty of the inhabitants: John Palmer, Daniel Palmer, William Russell, Alexander Rickey, William Lee, Eleazer Doane, Richard Hough, Edward Bailey, Thomas Smith, Richard Parsons, John Atkinson, John Osmond, John Trego, Joseph Tomlinson, Charles Reeder, James Tomlinson, John Brown, John Wall, John Gaill and John Whiteacre. Having represented themselves as residents of the manor of Highlands called Goldney's and Company's land, I.E. the London
company, that the township is so large, containing twenty two thousand acres, and the lands referred to have become so thickly settled that the township officers cannot discharge their duties toward all the inhabitants, that the constable does not know the bounds of the township, and frequently returns the names of persons taxed with the inhabitants of Wrightstown. For these reasons the petitioners ask to have the said company's lands attached to Wrightstown, or be erected into a township by itself. The result could not be found. This is the first step toward organizing Upper Makefield.1
Veterans Cemetery Coming to Dolington
|Two-thirds of the 311-acre Dolington farm will be home
to Southeastern Pennsylvania's national veterans cemetery,
officials said Friday.|
Feds Confirm Cemetery Site
|It's finally official. U.S. Secretary of Veterans
Affairs R. James Nicholson confirmed Sunday at Washington
Crossing Historical Park that Bucks County would be the
final resting place for 200,000 veterans|
Four miles above Washington Crossing and 1 1/4 miles below Bowman Hill.3
River Road, half-way between New Hope and Taylorsville.
on the border of Upper & Lower Makefield. Put on the historic register in May 1994. Named for Peter Dolin.
|| Upper Makefield Historical Society
P.O. Box 455
Washington Crossing, PA 18977
150-year-old farmhouse to be auctioned
By SAMANTHA FREDRICKSON
Bucks County Courier Times
Upper Makefield - A quaint 150-year-old three-story farmhouse
that sits on 176 acres of sprawling farmland in Upper Makefield
soon could be a memory.
Township officials are auctioning the farmland on Wrightstown
and Highland roads, along with the house, barn and outbuildings
that sit on the land. Once the new owner moves in, the historic
house likely will be replaced. That has some residents worried.
"It is the quintessential farmhouse," said resident Guy
Polhemus. "It's a historic thread, it's in the spine of Upper
Makefield. It's part of the history of Bucks County."
The history of the house alone should prove its
importance, Polhemus said. The
Taylor family, who founded Taylorsville Village (now
Washington Crossing), built
the white, frame farmhouse in 1850, and lived in it for