In the 1600s, the first Europeans traversed the Delaware River and came upon what would become the borough of Bristol in Lower Bucks County. One of the area’s most noted historical sites, William Penn’s Pennsbury Manor was constructed on land formed by the Delaware River between Morrisville and Bristol.
During the Revolutionary War, George Washington used the area’s strategic location to his advantage. He and his troops crossed the river on Christmas night in 1776, catching the Hessian Army in a surprise attack and changing the course of the revolution. The town of Washington Crossing and the Washington Crossing Historic Park were named in honor of this event.
The area grew commercially, supplying food and other goods to nearby Philadelphia. Ferries and bridges were built, and travelers crossing the Delaware were drawn to the many inns and taverns in the area. To this day, an abundance of great restaurants and overnight accommodations can still be found along the river.
With the development of the Delaware Canal and railroad lines, Bucks became a major connecting point between Washington, D.C., and Boston, and through the growth of commerce and trade came prosperity. This increased during World War II, with the boroughs of Bristol and Morrisville becoming important centers of industry. In the 1950s, Lower Bucks’ population grew rapidly with the establishment of Levittown. Based on a rich historical foundation, present-day Lower Bucks County offers innumerable diverse opportunities to businesses, residents and visitors alike.