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Upper Makefield Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Growth of a Village

 
 
The Growth of a Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 18, 2014
1. The Growth of a Village Marker
Inscription.  
In 1776, when General George Washington undertook his momentous crossing of the Delaware, the brown stone McConkey Ferry Inn was the only building on this site.

Shortly thereafter, the Taylor Family purchased the Inn and surrounding land making way for the development of the 19th century village of Taylorsville. After expanding the McConkey Ferry Inn, brothers Mahlon and Bernard built homes for themselves: the federal style Mahlon K. Taylor house and the present day Washington Crossing Inn. The surrounding homes were built as tenant houses to comprise a self-sufficient community including homes for a blacksmith, wheelwright, tailor, physician, a general store and post office.

The 1830's brought the expansion of Taylorsville and construction of a wooden covered bridge across the Delaware. Shortly after its completion, the structure was destroyed by a flood and rebuilt a few years later. The existing steel bridge, opened in 1905, is the third bridge to be built at the site of Washington's historic crossing of the Delaware
 
Erected by Washington Crossing Historic Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker

Washington Crossing (McConkey Ferry) Inn image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 18, 2014
2. Washington Crossing (McConkey Ferry) Inn
is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 40° 17.663′ N, 74° 52.224′ W. Marker is in Upper Makefield Township, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Crossing Road and River Road on Washington Crossing Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington Crossing PA 18977, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington’s Crossing and March to Trenton (a few steps from this marker); The Durham Boat (a few steps from this marker); A Nation's Signature Event (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Crossing the Delaware (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Crossed the Delaware (about 600 feet away); Washington Crossing (about 600 feet away); Washington's Crossing of Delaware (about 700 feet away); The Christmas Night Crossing (approx. ¼ mile away in New Jersey). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Makefield Township.
 
Bridge over the Delaware River image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 18, 2014
3. Bridge over the Delaware River
Later homes in the village of Taylorsville image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, August 18, 2014
4. Later homes in the village of Taylorsville
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 340 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 29, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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