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Bucks was one of the three original counties established by the Founder of Pennsylvania in 1682. It took its name from a district in England, from whence came a number of the passengers by the Welcome. In a letter to the Free Society of Traders, early in 1683, William Penn speaks of it as Buckingham County, a shire or county in England. The Penns were an old Buckinghamshire family and had been seated there for generations; and many of the Quakers who had come over with Penn on the Welcome had migrated from Buckinghamshire. 7 Egle
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Carved in marble on a wall in the Bucks County Courthouse!
The location of the first Court House in Bucks County, in Falls Township, near the Delaware River, below Morrisville..... also called Crookhorne
From Battle's History..... "that portion of Falls (as erected in 1692) between Pennsbury and the river at Biles island, in which the first court-house of the county was situated. The name may have been suggested by the peculiar bend of the river at this place. Like Pennsbury, its political autonomy has long since ceased to exist. Even the name is no longer recognized in the locality to which it once applied."
BUCKS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, Pocket Facts Rev 1/02
The Bucks County Bell was forged in 1813 by the same foundry that cast the historic Liberty Bell which is on display in Independence National Park in Philadelphia. The price to cast the bell was $211.20 - a tidy sum in 1813. This four hundred pound, half-size replica of the famous original was presented to Bucks County government that year to hang in its new courthouse in the new county seat of Doylestown. The county seat had been changed from Newtown to Doylestown in order to be more centrally located.
Two consecutive courthouses housed the bell through 1960 where it had tolled the hour, half-hour and convening of court sessions. Lost during the demolition of the second courthouse in 1960, the bell was discovered in a Philadelphia junkyard and purchased by William F. Berry for $15,000. The bell remained in his East Falls home and was loaned to community organizations for fairs and parades.
In 1989, efforts were initiated to return the Bucks County Bell to the Bucks County Courthouse. Horace Collins, philanthropist and president of Philadelphia Rivet company of Doylestown purchased the bell for $15,000 with the intention of refurbishing it and returning it to Bucks County. The Bucks County Commissioners then formed an agreement with Joseph A.Braman, Jr., new owner and president of Philadelphia Rivet Company to provide a sui9table site for permanent display of the historic bell. Elementary school students from Central Bucks School District saved 43,965 pennies to offset the cost of the bell's wood frame which was crafted by bucks County Technical School students in the likeness of the Liberty Bell housing.
On March 15, 1995, after a 35 year absence, the Bucks county Bell returned home, where it remains on public display in the second floor lobby of the Bucks County Courthouse.
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