GRANT AWARDED TO THE BUCKS COUNTY HISTORIC DEED BOOK PRESERVATION PROJECT
Earlier this year the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds partnered with the Bucks County Genealogical Society to apply for a grant benefitting the Historic Deed Book Preservation Project. The grant is through the Bucks County Foundation, which is a philanthropic organization that serves the people and places of Bucks County. This grant, in the amount of $5,000, was awarded in April.
While partnership between the Recorder of Deeds office and the Genealogical Society may not seem logical to some, it is a fruitful endeavor for both. Even though it is the Recorder of Deeds office that receives the actual funds, the Deed Book Project is their undertaking, the Genealogical Society does benefit. One of the ways to trace family history is through deed books. Having the deed books preserved can make genealogy research a bit easier. It really is a win-win situation for both establishments.
Executive Director of the Bucks County Foundation Mandy Mundy says, “Bucks County Foundation is proud to serve as a grant partner for this important and timely historical project as this cause holds both historical and educational value.”
To learn more about the Bucks County Foundation and all their happenings, you can visit their website at https://www.buckscountyfoundation.org/.
If you would like to see the activities of the Bucks County Genealogical Society visit their website at https://www.bucksgen.org/.
To see more about the Historic Deed Book Preservation Project from the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds office, please call 215-348-6209 or visit https://www.buckscounty.gov/414/Recorder-of-Deeds.
PROJECT SEARCH INTERNS
This year our office had the opportunity to be apart of a special program. As part of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, the Project SEARCH program brings young adults with special needs into a working environment. The goal of the program is to get these young people jobs, and we have gotten to be part of this. Dan and his administrative assistant, Nicole Douglas, mentored two young men, Alex and Michael, who are both leaving the Project SEARCH program with jobs. On Tuesday, May 30th Dan and Nicole attended the Project SEARCH Banquet, honoring all the interns and mentors in Bucks County Government.
DAN’S VISIT TO HISTORIC FALLSINGTON
In April, Dan was invited by Kimberly Praria, Executive Director of Historic Fallsington, to take a tour of the village. Kimberly and her assistant guided Dan and his wife around the to the historic sites Fallsington has to offer. They were excited to share their history and agreed to be a special guest at a future History Social.
HISTORY SOCIAL RECAP
Every second Wednesday of the month we invite the public to join us to learn some Bucks County history. During our hour-long History Social we explore different areas of the county and how they can be located in our historic deed books. Going forward with these events in 2023, we thought it would be a good idea to do a quick recap in our bi-monthly newsletter. This way anyone that isn’t able to attend can still enjoy the history!
April’s History Social – International Fun at Work Day (Fun People & Places In Bucks County)
- Sesame Place
- Is a theme park geared toward children located in Middletown Township, next to the Oxford Valley Mall.
- The 14-acre park, which includes a water park, opened on July 30, 1980.
- The park was initially only 3 acres.
- The theme park is the oldest theme park based entirely on the TV program Sesame Street in the United States.
- There is another Sesame Place in San Diego, California, which opened in 2022.
- Sesame Place is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, with licensing from Sesame Workshop.
- The property is owned by Busch Entertainment Corporation, which is part of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment - the last deed on file can be found in Book 1838, Page 2080.
- Sesame Workshop is responsible for the production of Sesame Street.
- With 27 attractions in total, Sesame Place has plenty of fun for families with young children.
- In 2018, it was announced that Sesame Place partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to become the first theme park to be a Certified Autism Center.
- Besides sensory guides, ride accessibility, and different dining options, Sesame Place utilizes specialized training classes for their staff.
- This is to ensure all children, no matter the circumstances, has an enjoyable experience.
- Ringing Rocks Park
- Ringing Rocks Park is located on Ringing Rocks Road, Upper Black Eddy, Bridgeton Township.
- The park was originally acquired by the Penn family from the Lenape Tribe in the 1737 Walking Purchase.
- Eventually it was purchased by Tunis Lippincott in 1842.
- His deed can be found in Book 67 on Page 378.
- At this time the property was located in Nockamixon Township, Bridgeton Township came into existence in 1890.
- Abel B. Haring purchased the property in 1895, preventing development to protect the boulder field.
- Haring donated the property to the Bucks County Historical Society in 1918.
- Eventually the property was given to Bucks County who made it into a County Park.
- Over the years the park increased in size from 7 acres to 128 acres.
- When visiting, bring a hammer! These rocks actually ring when hammered - hence Ringing Rocks!
- Charles Darrow
- Charles Darrow, often credited as the sole creator of the board game Monopoly, purchased a home in Nockamixon Township in 1954.
- Found in Book 1194 Page 149.
- Research over the years has shown that Darrow and his family were not the only ones responsible for the creation of Monopoly, this was just the name of their version.
- Thought to be the direct ancestor of a game created by Elizabeth Magie called, The Landlord's Game.
- The Darrow family designed their game, Monopoly, and secured a copyright in 1933.
- The first copies of Monopoly were sold to Wanamaker's Department Store in Philadelphia in 1934.
- Darrow, wanting a larger audience, initially showed the game to Milton Bradley, then Parker Brothers, both rejected it.
- Parker Brothers eventually reconsidered after seeing the sales from other department stores in Philadelphia.
- In 1935, Darrow secured a U.S. Patent for Monopoly and sold to Parker Brothers.
- This deal made Darrow the first millionaire game designer in history.
May’s History Social – Snipes Farm in Morrisville (with Special Guests Susan Snipes-Wells & Jonathan Snipes)
- Snipes Family History
- James and Joan Moon arrived in Pennsylvania, Bucks County specifically, in 1682.
- Being Quakers, they had decided to follow William Penn to this new colony to avoid religious persecution in England.
- It was shortly after moving to Bucks County that they purchased a tract of land near what is now Morrisville.
- James Burgess, brother of Joan, and his wife Eleanor settled in nearby Fallsington.
- In 1767, James Moon, grandson to James and Joan, started selling ornamental trees that he had grown himself.
- Many generations followed in this profession of nurserymen and women.
- It was Mahlon and Jane Craft Moon that moved to the current Snipes Farm in 1848.
- Some of the trees planted on this property were champions trees, both in the state and nationally.
- During the late 1800s, until the early 1900s, Samuel Moon, son of Mahlon and Jane, was a leading propagator and cultivator of rare plants along the east coast.
- Samuel's daughter, Jane Moon Snipes, not only continued with this practice after his death in 1910, but she also schooled her children in horticulture.
- Brad and Sam Snipes, sons of Jane, took over in 1953, adding their unique touches to the farm.
- Brad and Inge, his wife, made "Snipes Farm and Nursery" into one of the top garden centers in the U.S.
- Together the brothers also created a golf experience, installing a driving range, mini golf course, and a pitch & putt course.
- At one point the brothers, along with their wives, Inge and Barbara, opened the farm up to different community groups, such as the Fresh Air Fund and the Girl and Boy Scouts.
- Today the Farm & Education Center is run by brother and sister team, Jonathan Snips and Susan Snipes-Wells.
- Snipes Farm
- According to their website the Mission of Snipes Farm is:
- "To model and teach sustainable farming, while building community and reconnecting people to the land."
- Their Vision Statement is:
- "We envision a world where everyone has access to healthy food, open space and the experience of farming, where local economies are strengthened by the preservation of small farms, and where priority is given to sustaining the earth and its natural resources."
- Founded in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) educational organization, our "outdoor classroom" is located in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. The Snipes family, farming in Bucks County since 1688, has offered the use of the farm for the establishment of our 501(c)(3), a nonprofit educational organization.
- For More Information go to their website: https://www.snipesfarm.org/welcome.html