About Upper Makefield
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 Township’s history dates back to 1682, when William Markham first purchased the land from American Indians. “Makefield” is likely a corruption of Macclesfield or Maxfield, an English town from which several original land buyers hailed. The majority of original settlers were Quakers, though there were also Scotch-Irish Presbyterians.
On the evening of December 25, 1776, George Washington led American forces across the Delaware River, departing from Taylorsville (now called Washington Crossing) and arriving in Titusville, New Jersey. This turning point in the American Revolution is memorialized at Washington Crossing Historic Park, located in Upper Makefield Township.
Upper Makefield takes pride in its history. Houses from the 18th and 19th centuries mix with more recent styles so that residents experience history every day, some even in their own homes. The township’s rich legacy inspires the residents to honor the past and to preserve the pristine lands that the original settlers knew in their time.
Upper Makefield Township is adjacent to the Delaware River in eastern Central Bucks County. It is here that Washington Crossing Historic Park marks the spot where George Washington’s Revolutionary Army crossed the Delaware for their famous surprise attack on the Hessian troops in nearby Trenton, NJ.
The Council Rock School District displays within its boundaries an intriguing blend of history and progress. Located in Bucks County – a county known for its scenic beauty, historical events and celebrated residents – the school district is just north of Philadelphia and only an hour by automobile or train from New York City.
Of historical significance within the Council Rock School District are Washington Crossing State Park, where Washington led his troops across the ice-choked Delaware River on Christmas Day, 1776; colonial Newtown, where handsome pre-Revolutionary homes are treasured; an octagonal one-room school house built in 1802 and still standing in Wrightstown Township; and several old country inns and taverns that serve area residents just as they did over one hundred years ago.
Even the school district’s own name – Council Rock – originated from the past. The area’s original inhabitants, the Lenni Lenape Indians, were said to have had their council rock on the summit of the cliffs towering above the Neshaminy Creek, on the site of the Bucks County Community College, located on Swamp Road, northwest of Newtown. The district covers 72 square miles and is comprised of five municipalities: Newtown Borough and the Townships of Newtown, Northampton, Upper Makefield, and Wrightstown. As of the 2000 census, the total population of the school district was approximately 69,920.
The Council Rock School District encompasses Newtown’s 3 elementary, 1 middle, and 2 high schools, and there are several (mostly religious) private schools in the town.
The Bucks County Community College in Newtown offers continuing education, arts and culture degrees and courses, and business and industry training and certification. Nearby colleges and universities include, the Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Princeton University (about 22 miles away), Thomas Edison State College (about 12 miles away in Trenton, NJ), Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington (about 16 miles away), Arcadia University (about 19 miles away in Glenside), La Salle University and Philadelphia University (both about 20 miles away in Philadelphia), and the College Of New Jersey (about 20 miles away in Ewing, NJ).
Things To Do
1455 River Road
New Hope, PA 18938
(between Brownsburg Road East and Stoneybrook Road)
A new, ADA-compliant playground with play areas designated for younger and older children opened in 2008. With the help of donations and sponsorships, the township has recently added a pavilion with restrooms, concession space and a covered picnic area.
1565 River Road
New Hope, PA 18938
This park has 3 baseball fields, 2 softball fields, the “Tenderfoot Trail” for walkers and bikers, plus a snack shack and restrooms.
Washington Crossing Historic Park
Visit the site of the most famous event in Upper Makefield’s history – George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River in 1776! You can also stroll through Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, which preserves the native plants of Pennsylvania.
Delaware Canal State Park
The Delaware Canal is the only continuously-intact canal remaining from the great towpath era of the early and mid-19th century.
Things For Your Pets
Amber Beech Kennels
Whether their visit with us is for business or pleasure, rest assured that you can relax and know that they are getting the best care and a generous portion of love, with as many hugs and ear scratchings that they will tolerate.
If you are interested in spectator sports, the Eagles, Phillies, Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers are less than an hour away. There is an excellent minor league baseball team and minor league hockey team in Trenton, New Jersey. Those games can be reached within 15 or 20 minutes and are very reasonably priced.
Makefield Highlands Golf Club
The only true links-style golf course in the Tri-State area, Makefield Highlands will treat you with our unique layout, fescue-lined fairways, and meticulous course conditions. Rolling fairways, strategically placed hazards, and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside combine to create a golf course you’ll be proud to call your home club.
Jericho National Golf Club
Overlooking Jericho Mountain and the wooded hills of central Bucks County are the rolling fairways of Jericho National Golf Club. This championship golf course is considered one of the best in the area.
Gabriel’s II Pizzeria
(215) 493-2226 1118 Taylorsville Rd, Upper Makefield Twp, PA
Colonial Farms Gourmet Foods
(215) 493-1548 1108 Taylorsville Rd, Upper Makefield Twp, PA
Washington Crossing Inn
(215) 493-3634 Route 32 & 532, Upper Makefield Twp, PA