Week-long celebration in honor of Doylestown

May 16, 2012 by  

When it comes to serving as the county seat, Doylestown has staying power. The town has been the county seat of Bucks County since 1812. To celebrate, officials and community leaders have planned a week’s worth of fun activities.

Doylestown’s claim to the county seat began in 1810. The original seat was Newtown, PA, which many thought was too difficult for most in the county to reach. Doylestown was centrally located.

In addition to being a prime location, Doylestown was also an established village at the time. It had its own newspaper and an academy. The town was also located at the meeting point of two major highways. The county buildings, including the courthouse, were built in 1812.

This celebration gets going on Memorial Day with a parade, an antique car show, and plenty of other activities including book signings, face painting, and games. A range of live music and entertaining performances will also be on offer and an impersonator of Henry Chapman Mercer, who lived in the Mercer Museum castle, is expected to make a few appearances throughout the day.

Other events throughout the week include a “200 Years of Fashion Show”, free airplane rides, and a ceremony honoring war veterans. Competitive visitors can test themselves throughout the week in various contests, including ones in pie baking and growing mustaches. Local stationery printers are perhaps on call to print award certificates for the winners of these contests.

The celebration concludes on Saturday June 2nd with a picnic and fireworks show in front of the Doylestown YMCA.