Welcome to the
Village of Carversville, PA
The Historic Carversville Society
Carversville sits at the confluence of two branches of the Paunacussing Creek in Solebury Township, PA.
The village is a nationally-designated historic zone.
The Historic Carversville Society (HCS), a volunteer-based non-profit group, is dedicated to the future -- and past -- of this community jewel. The HCS was formed in August 1985 with the mission to "accumulate and preserve historical data and material relating to the village of Carversville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and its environs and to function as a center of research into the history and customs of such area... and to promote community pride, spirit and involvement." As stated in the Charter and By-Laws of HCS.
To this end, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative included us in their archival Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. Click here for their findings, it's fascinating!
Please note that our purpose is purely as a group to preserve our history. We are not to be confused with HARB, Historical Architectural Review Board which has a separate mission and value in Solebury Township.
Here is a short Carversville Day 2015 Video:
• Our Newsletter Archives!
The Carversvillian, Spring 2017 Issue Download PDF
The Carversvillian, Fall 2016 Issue Download PDF
The Carversvillian, Spring 2016 Issue Download PDF
The Carversvillian, Spring 2015 Issue Download PDF
The Carversvillian, Fall 2014 Issue Download PDF
The Carversvillian, Spring 2014 Issue Download PDF
The Carversvillian, Fall 2013 Issue Download PDF
• Oral Histories of Carversville Residents
See or listen to history as told by residents: Click on the link above their picture to connect to their oral history.
Robert L (as he was called by his friends) was fashion director at Playboy magazine for over 20 years. He was known for his wit and skills as a raconteur, his famous parties, and especially for the local picnic he hosted annually at his Carversville summer home. His chauffeured yellow Rolls Royce was well known in the county. His life story can be found on the New York Times obituary page July 24, 1997.
Host: Robert. L. Green
Topics/featured residents: Bucks County, Lumberville, Carversville, New Hope/Charles Hargens, Raymond Granville Barger, Tom Tinsman, George Nakashima, William Smith, David Burpee, James Hayden Smith, Pat and Richard Whitman, Marjorie Content Toomer, Mary and Patrick Fowles, and the voice of Carl Sandburg
Date: Summer 1977
Filming location: Solebury Township, Carversville, Lumberville, New Hope, Doylestown
Film length: 40 minutes
Summary: Robert Lamont Green of Carversville and New York City had the historical foresight and promotional flair to video a number of Solebury Township and Bucks County scenes and famous artists in their prime. His wonderful, chauffeured yellow Rolls Royce hurries down country lanes as he locates and records farmers, artists, and historic figures such as David Burpee of Doylestown. The video addresses the housing development trend that all speakers decried and thus it becomes a strong statement for the preservation of an unspoiled Bucks County. This video was evidently shown as a documentary on CBS and because the visual quality is mixed, STHS welcomes anyone who can loan us a better copy for posting to our site.
2. Ned Harrington (HCS)
Ned and his wife Betty moved to Carversville in 1947. He was the author of many books about the history of Carversville and Solebury Township. He was responsible for the detailed research of over 400 historic homes in the township. The first interview is on two tapes that cover topics ranging from 1859 to 2000. The video interview was conducted for the Historic Carversville Society, and the Michener Art Museum interview is also available.
Name of interviewee: Edwin (Ned) Harrington
Date of birth/age at interview: April 12, 1920/85
Interviewer: Rhonda Heffern
Interview date: Feb. 4, 2005
Interview location: Carversville Christian Church
Interview length: 54 minutes
Time span discussed: 1930s to 2005
Summary: Ned gives us a full recounting of many interesting events in his life. With a twinkle in his eye, he also tells us tales of many Carversville characters, houses, and events. Sprinkled throughout the video are interesting photos of people, Carversville buildings.
Dick Magill was born in Carversville and married a local girl, Ruth Price. Many years after the death of his wife, Dick moved back to Carversville to be with his wife’s sister-in-law, Eleanor Price. (There are two videos in this grouping. The first contains interviews with both Dick and Eleanor. The second is only Dick speaking of his World War II experiences.)
Interviewees: Richard Magill and Eleanor Price
Date of birth/age at interview: Dick Magill—June 25, 1917/90, Eleanor Price—May 7, 1918/89
Interviewer: Gary Granzow
Interview date: Dec. 11, 2007
Interview location: Carversville Christian Church
Interview length: 46 minutes
Time span discussed: 1930s through 2007
Summary: Dick Magill tells about his life and his post-retirement time with Eleanor Price. At the end there is a short section interviewing Eleanor about her life in Carversville. (Part of this interview dealing with Dick’s service in World War II was removed and is available under Richard Magill.)
4. Brenda Meredith (HCS)
Brenda has been a resident of Carversville since 1966. She originally lived in Willow Grove, but fell in love with Carversville after traveling through the town a number of times to go boating on the Delaware River.
Click here to listen to Brenda's Oral history interview.
Interviewee: Brenda Meredith
Date of birth/age at interview: July 6, 1918/95
Interviewers: Kathy Stein and Jack McMillian
Interview date: Sept. 5, 2013
Interview location: Meredith home
Interview length: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Time span discussed: 1960s to 2013
Summary: Brenda Meredith reflects on her town, the inhabitants over the years, the changes of house and business ownership, floods, and key Carversville personalities like its artists. If we think, in 2013 when this was recorded, that Carversville was an ideal sleepy, bucolic wayside, just listen about the not so distant days when dogs felt comfortable sleeping in the road.
• Carversville History
Carversville is a prime example of a 19th Century farming community and this earned it National Register of Historic Places status from the Department of Interior in 1979. Officially, the Village became "historic". Carversville was one of the first districts to be so honored and it is now under the protection of federal, state and local laws that regulate changes made to any building which may destroy its historic value. More...
By 1696, the first of the Doans had moved into Bucks County from Sandwich, Massachusetts and prior to 1726 Israel Doan, the grandfather of the infamous Doan Boys, was squatting on Indian land in Plumstead. At the time this area was deeply forested with great distances between cleared farms. Settlers found the Indians who frequented the area friendly for the most part and there was an abundance of deer and bear to hunt. Bread was made from the Indian corn and when grain was carried to market it was done on long caravans of horses tied head to tail which snaked through the trees on the Indian paths that crisscrossed the area. Men dressed in deerskins and women wore linsey and linen. Every month they would attend the Friends Meeting with the men carrying their weapons because of the strong likelihood of encountering a wolf or bear along the way. More....
• Businesses in the Carversville Village Square:
The Carversville Inn
6205 Fleecydale Road Carversville, PA 18913 | 215-297-0900
Welcome to The Carversville Inn! You have to get lost to find us, but once you do you
won’t want to leave! Chef/Owner Will Mathias and his wife Denie take pride in
welcoming you to their warm, inviting restaurant in the heart of Bucks County.
Lunch: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM - 2 PM
Dinner: Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday 5:30 PM - 9:30
Friday and Saturday 5:30 - 10:00 PM
Sunday Brunch: 11 AM - 2 PM
The Carversville Inn is located in the charming, historic village of Carversville. As one reviewer noted, it is “10 minutes and 100 years from New Hope.” The owners pride themselves in offering consistent, quality food in a romantic and friendly atmosphere off the beaten track. Click here to make a reservation on OpenTable!
Max Hansen's Carversville Grocery