Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bucks County, PA

Over the Columbus Day weekend we drove up to Bucks County, PA to get a taste of autumn in the countryside and to get a look at the Terry family's old stomping grounds. It was a short trip but it was so beautiful and fun.

Our first stop was Bristol, PA on the banks of the Delaware River and birthplace of Thomas Sirls Terry Jr., Suzanne's great-great grandfather.

Tennyson loved playing in the river. We stopped back in Bristol on our way home and Tennyson literally started bawling when we told him it was time to go. He was covered in mud and told us "I want to stay here forever."

Mommy was looking very urban in this country setting.

We stayed the night in Doylestown at the Courthouse Inn. It was cheap and clean. Doylestown is cute-as-a-button and is home to the Fonthill Mansion which is now a museum. Doylestown is proof that you can live in a postcard.

From Doylestown we drove to Lahaska to Peddler's Village. Peddler's Village is one of the most delightful tourist traps you will ever experience. The outdoor garden is immaculately maintained and is complete with a working water wheel, a stream, a pond, luscious flowers and lots of green space. The collection of old stone cottages house the shops and restaurants.

Tennyson + Water = Pure Delight

It was much colder than expected but it was nothing some hot apple cider could not fix.

There was a scarecrow contest while we were there. The garden walk was lined with hand-made scarecrows. Though not very scarecrow-like, one of our favorites depicted the circle of life for a pumpkin. Notice that the final stage of the circle of life is pumpkin pie -- get excited, because the best holiday ever (Thanksgiving) is coming soon!
Here's Tennyson and me with my favorite scarecrow.

Mommy and Tennyson on the carousel.

We drove to the Washington Crossing Historical Park, where General Washington crossed the Delaware River on that fateful Christmas day. It was beautiful.

We also spent some time looking for ancestors' graves in the cemeteries. This is the Bristol Cemetery, which had some seriously old headstones, but none that we could find that belonged to relatives.


Katie said...

that would be my favorite scarecrow too. i loved that show so much. so, you guys are so good at getting out and doing cool stuff in nature. tennyson is growing up in urban DC but it's pretty obvious he's got your love for the great outdoors. that place you stayed looks really cool.

Jay & Pat said...

Beautiful place. Jer, you had better start digging to see if your ancestors called home in any neat places like that.