Successful Plant Sale At Passer Community Center

Successful Plant Sale at Passer Community Center

The first successful plant sale at Passer Community Center occurred  on May 12, 2018. The  plant sale is an annual fund-raising event at Passer Community with many vendors bringing plants and other items.

However, this is the first time plants either grown on or dug from  Bridge Street Farm went to market.

In total, red and pink geraniums, rosemary, variegated lemon thyme, and sweet marjoram plants sold at the plant sale. Two horse chestnut tree seedlings freshly dug from under the large horse chestnut tree near the house also found new homes during the plant sale.

Bridge Street Farm plans to attend the 2019 Passer Community Plant Sale with a greater number of healthy plants to offer for sale.

 

plant sale sign successful plant sale at Passer Community Center
Plant sale sign outside Passer Community Center

 

successful plant sale at Passer community Center plants near front door
Plants near front door

 

 

 

Plants in back Room Successful plant sale at Passer Community Center
Plants in back room near kitchen

 

successful plant sale at Passer Community Center on May 12, 2018
My Plants at Passer Community Center on May 12, 2018

Durham Township

Exploring Durham Township

This Bucks County township borders the Delaware River in the far northeastern corner of Bucks County.  The borough of Riegelsville is located  on the Delaware River and River Road in Durham Township.

Early Durham residents made great contributions to the American fight for Independence and the expansion of commerce in the early colonies. Two are listed below.

George Taylor

One of the Durham residents making contributions to the fight for independence was George Taylor, who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Along with signing the Declaration of Independence, Taylor owned the Durham Furnace.  Using Durham Furnace, he produced ammunition for use in the Revolutionary War.

This sign near the location of the Durham Furnace remembers its role in winning the Revolutionary War.

Durham Furnace Sign in Durham Township
Durham Furnace Sign in Durham Township  

Robert Durham

Durham built the “Durham Boat.” This sturdy craft carried stoves, pig iron and bar iron to sell in Philadelphia. It was an important key in establishing and expanding commerce using the Delaware River as a highway to market.

The Durham Boat is also famous as the boat that carried General George Washington across the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War. Learn more about the Durham Boat and General George Washington  here.

Durham Boat in Durham Township
Reproduction Durham Boat in Durham Township
Closeup of Durham Boat in Durham Township
Close up of Durham Boat in Durham Township

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nockamixon Township

 Nockamixon Township

Nockamixon Township

A Short History of Nockamixon Township

Nockamixon became a township in 1742 and  remained intact for many years.  However, it  lost one third  of its area when Bridgeton formed a separate township.

The Natural Beauty of Nockamixon Township

Nockamixon touches the Delaware River at a place called “the Narrows.”  Here red shale cliffs tower above the Delaware River. These cliffs slowed down early  transportation along  the  banks of the Delaware River.

The meaning of the native-inspired name, “Nockamixon” is unknown.

Sections of Nockamixon township have a long history of Native American occupation.

In 1698, the Lenape Tribe settled at the mouth of Gallows Run. In 1730, the Lenape Tribe left Gallows Run and migrated to the Susquehanna River. The influx of white settlers continued.

As the number of white settlements grew, the Lenape were driven further and further from their lands.

By 1867, the Lenape Tribe faced a forced relocation to Oklahoma along with the Cherokee Tribe. After a legal fight, the Lenape Tribe regained their separate identity  from the Cherokee Tribe in 1999.

The names of the early German settlers of Nockamixon Township include Stover, Gintner-Kintner, Traugher, Oberbeck, Deemer, Buck, and Frankenfield.

Early township residents excelled in the production of red tulip ware and in the manufacture of charcoal.

 

Bridgeton Township

Exploring Bridgeton Township

Welcome to Bridgeton township
Welcome to Bridgeton Township!

This township was named for a bridge that crosses the Delaware River between Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania and Milford, New Jersey.  As to its size, Bridgeton Township  is 6.7 square miles in size and is one of the smaller townships in Bucks County.

Upper Black Eddy , Pa to Milford, N.J. Bridge
Upper Black Eddy PA to Milford, N.J. Bridge

“Small But Beautiful” Bridgeton encompasses scenic and beautiful views both from Bridgeton Hill Road and from the banks of the Delaware River.

Bridgeton Hill Road
View from top of Bridgeton Hill Rd

Perhaps, one of the most noted locations in the township includes a rock formation known as “Ringing Rocks.”

Recognized by Bucks County for their distinctive sound, the Bucks County Park System maintains “Ringing Rocks Park.”

Sign at Ringing Rocks Park
Sign at Ringing Rocks Park

 

The Colonial Roots of Bridge Street Farm-Jacob Ott

Ott home in snow
Circa 1828 Stone Home built by Jacob Ott

The Colonial Roots of Bridge Street Farm

The Direct Tax of 1798 Book

Bridge Street Farm is the Jacob Ott Homestead. The first record of the Ott family in Springfield Township is found in  “The  Direct Tax of 1798” by Harry C. Adam.  Jacob Ott, born on March 2, 1776,  was 22 years old at the time of the Direct Tax Record.  

Jacob Ott listed in Direct Tax of 1798

As you may notice, Jacob Ott is listed as an “owner” with a 26′ x 20′  log home in Springfield Township, Bucks County in 1798.

Unfortunately, the “Direct Tax of 1798” doesn’t specify the exact location of Jacob Ott’s Homestead.

Bridge Street Farm traces its connection to Jacob Ott through a set of concrete slabs which lists him as the 1828 builder of the stone house on Bridge Street Farm.

 In 1901, Dr. John Jacob Ott, Jacob Ott’s grandson, added concrete slabs dating the owners and builders of the Ott stone home. He also added a frame addition and car port.

1700's square nail and window hardware
Circa 1700’s large square nail and window hardware

In 2016, metal detectors unearthed a large iron square nail and a door/window hinge commonly used in colonial log homes. This colonial iron building hardware found beside the 1901 carport addition near the original Ott stone house  may pinpoint the location of the original log home of Jacob Ott as listed in the 1798 Direct Tax Book.

Additional Structures on Jacob Ott Homestead

The 1798 Direct Tax outbuilding  listing for Jacob Ott, includes a  36′ x 20′  log barn.  Since no current log barns remain, the circa 1820-1830 English Lake District Style Stone Barn measuring  50′ x 29′  may be a replacement for the original log barn.

stone barn in summer

Ott Stone Barn

stone barn with stone building ruins

 

The 1798 Direct Tax listing of a 18′ x 12′ log smith shop, may also be an earlier version of the stone building ruins shown below.

This stone structure may have had many uses since colonial times, most recently as servant’s quarters for the Ott Farm.

Pennsylvania Historical Recovery Services recovered many iron tools and artifacts used in a colonial smith shop near these ruins.

This find may point to the original location of the log smith shop as evidenced by iron tools/artifacts found.

rusted horse shoes

rusty iron colonial tools

lamp and carriage hardware parts

 

Jacob Ott’s son, Charles B. Ott, established  “Pleasant Valley Fruit Farm and Nurseries” and advertised it as a “Summer and Fall Boarding House” around 1879.

flyer by Charles Ott

A handbill advertising “Pleasant Valley Fruit Farm and Nurseries” circa 1878.

The ad states that visitors to the Farm stayed in the main house.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springfield Township

Springfield Township History

Finding Bucks County’s Springfield Township may prove difficult to one unfamiliar with Southeastern Pennsylvania. You see, similarly named townships  exist in Montgomery and Delaware Counties, too.

This township is at the border with Northampton and Lehigh Counties and may be located on this map.

springfield township
Townships of the County of Bucks

The Lenni Lenape tribe lived in this area generations before the white man arrived from Europe. And while William Penn, the proprietor of Pennsylvania, treated the native populations with respect, his sons did not. The Infamous Walking Purchase of 1737, swindled 1,200 square miles from the Delaware tribes. Afterwards, some of this land became Springfield Township.

Bridge Street Farm is located in this area of Upper Bucks County..