~ Upper Makefield

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

bulletTwo-thirds of the 311-acre Dolington farm will be home to Southeastern Pennsylvania's national veterans cemetery, officials said Friday.

Feds Confirm Cemetery Site

bulletIt'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.

Washington's Crossing


 Upper Makefield Township

Upper Makefield Township of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, located in the Council Rock school district, is steeped in history. First settled in 1682, it was the departure point for George Washington’s famous 1776 crossing of the Delaware. Today, its 8,400 active, engaged residents strongly believe in preservation – of history, land, and resources.

Upper Makefield Historical Society
P.O. Box 455
Washington Crossing, PA 18977



150-year-old farmhouse to be auctioned

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 20-some years.

bullet William Keith House
Bucks County Intelligencer Doylestown Tuesday October 19, 1852 p3 Appointment: John L Balderston to be Postmaster at Dolington in the place of John Boyd, resigned

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