The Upper Bucks Visitors Center resides in a rehabilitated barn at 21 N. Main Street in Quakertown, a short distance from several historic buildings. The glass enclosure will now be home to a museum showcasing centuries of everyday life in the area, as well as its farming and cigar manufacturing past.
It's been a long time coming.
But for Craig Gillihan, president of the Quakertown Historical Society, that makes it feel all the sweeter.
The historical society, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is set to unveil a new visitors center museum located at its headquarters at 21 N. Main Street next month. The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce and the historical society moved into the space in 2013 under the auspice of the Upper Bucks Visitors Center.
The center sits in the middle of the historical hub of the borough, near McCoole's, the former Red Lion Inn, which served as a base for the Fries Rebellion. It's also in close proximity to Liberty Hall, the site where the Liberty Bell was purported hidden from the British in 1777, and the Burgess Foulke House, built in 1812 and home to the first mayor of Quakertown. That home was moved from its original site in 1974 to avoid being razed. ...