Doylestown is comprised of both Doylestown Borough, which includes many acclaimed restaurants, shopping and museums, and the Township. The combined population of the two, in Bucks County, Pa., is nearly 26,000.
Doylestown is situated about 38 miles north of Philadelphia and 80 miles southwest of New York City. Its origins date back to 1745 when William Doyle built a tavern (William Doyle’s Tavern) around which the small hamlet expanded relatively rapidly into a village and later, into a township.
Things to Do and See in Doylestown
If you have a penchant for historic places, then Fonthill at East Court Street and Route 313, makes for a thoroughly interesting visit. Although Fonthill is described as a castle, it was the home of Henry Mercer during the early part of the 20th century. The castle boasts 44 rooms in all and hosts Mercer’s collection of prints and tiles. Group tours are held regularly.
The Mercer Museum at 84 South Pine Street in Doylestown represents a tribute to the life of Henry Mercer, the well-respected archaeologist, anthropologist, writer and artist. The museum is open every day of the week.
James A. Michener Art Museum
The James A. Michener Art Museum at 138 South Pine Street in Doylestown is located in what previously was the county's prison. After extensive renovation, the museum possesses an eclectic collection of early 20th-century impressionist works, photographs and sculpture. The museum is open every day except Monday.
Doylestown Country Club and Golf Course
The local golf course is situated to the east of the township and represents the oldest private club in the county. The club also offers fine dining and catering facilities as well as an open-air swimming pool.
Nearby airports include Doylestown Airport, in Doylestown, Pa., Trenton Mercer Airport in Trenton, N.J., Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pa., and Philadelphia International Airport, about an hour to the south, in Philadelphia.
The SEPTA train station and SEPTA bus route 55 both offer regular service to and from Philadelphia. Visit septa.org.
Doylestown is connected to New York and New Jersey by Trans-Bridge Lines bus service.
The main roads serving Doylestown include routes 202 and 611.
Education in Doylestown Township
Central Bucks School District is one of the best in the state. In addition to several elementary and middle schools, the region is served by three high schools and Delaware Valley College.
Housing Statistics and Crime
Housing prices and housing tax rates in Doylestown are substantially higher than the average for the U.S. Home ownership rates are also particularly high, while rental availability is notably low. Crime rates, both with respect to violent crime and property crime, are far lower than the U.S. average.
Doylestown enjoys an average summertime high temperature in July of 87 degrees, while wintertime lows drop down to a rather chilly 24 degrees during the month of January.