ABOUT DAVE AND I IN NEW HOPE
Dave and I moved to New Hope in the late 90’s. We were married on our porch by the mayor.
Written about in the tourist guide we often had unexpected visitors of the poetry persuasion wanting to hang out and have Dave and I spend time with them. We were well know in the underground press, And I gained notoriety after a poetry reading at Karla’s restaurant when I read a poem about New Hope’s cops. We were hounded by them and a few years later we were raided by “SUPER” Alllentown cops. They spent 4 hours in our apartment, grabbing pictures,questioning why we were in the small town, and video taping the posters on our walls. They grabbed some pot and pain pills I take for a bad back. It was a humiliating time that we never got over.
Bad floods swept the Delaware through our house twice, and with the final flood the house was condemned and we were forced to move. I lost 20 books of poetry and Dave who was the publisher of “Alpha Beat Press” lost many manuscripts.
We missed our home and familiar surroundings when we had nowhere to live and had to live in a transient drug ridden motel for 4 months.
We finally got an apartment 50 miles away, but often drove back to the small town that we loved so much.
A Brief History of New Hope, Pennsylvania
Nearly ten thousand years ago the Lenni-Lenape Native Americans carved their way from the Delaware River in what is now Philadelphia through richly wooded forests seeking land for planting, forests for hunting and water for fishing. Many of them settled on about 1,000 acres in what is now New Hope, Pennsylvania.
In the early part of the eighteenth century William Penn authorized a sale of land to Robert Heath for the purpose of building a mill and establishing a community. Hence, New Hope was born. During the American Revolutionary War General George Washington marched through New Hope on four documented occasions and the town played a vital role in the preparations for the Battles of Trenton and Monmouth.
New Hope’s strategic location on the Delaware River has made it an important transportation hub over the past three centuries. Stage coaches, canal boats, trains, trolleys and automobiles all made their way to New Hope–the half-way point from Philadelphia to New York City and the midpoint of the Delaware Canal between Easton and Bristol.
The sheer natural beauty of the area that was first seen and appreciated by the Lenni-Lenape people so many thousands of years ago attracted the great Pennsylvania Impressionist school of artists like Daniel Garber and Edwin Redfield in the early part of the twentieth century. Broadway summer stock theater followed shortly after them featuring such great actors as Helen Hayes, George C. Scott and Robert Redfield at the Bucks County Playhouse which still thrills audiences seven decades later.
The drive for liberty and independence that brought George Washington’s army in the eighteenth century and the Underground Railroad in the nineteenth century continued in 2002 when New Hope became the first borough in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to pass a comprehensive ordinance banning discrimination in employment, public housing and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Today, many thousands of visitors each week make New Hope the number one tourist attraction in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
New Hope is home to dozens of art galleries, fine antique shops, museums, more than one hundred historic buildings, and nationally acclaimed craft shops and restaurants. The Delaware Canal runs through the center of town, crisscrossed by a half dozen streams and creeks that flow into the historic Delaware River providing the natural beauty that continues to thrill all who come to New Hope, Pennsylvania.