Marie Murphy Duess ...
History author, novelist, freelance writer, graphic artist, and marketing specialist 
History Books


Vault aboard a hinge boat with me as I navigate the historic waters of the Delaware Canal and introduce you to the inventive genius of Josiah White, tell you about the Americans and immigrants who mined the coal that was hauled on the canals and the captains and mule drivers who worked long hours in all weather,
and explain why instinctive and strong mules were the chosen work animal to launch the nation into the
Industrial Revolution.

Peak over the shoulders of Redfield, Wagner, Coppedge, and Follinsbee, the American Impressionists who so beautifully depicted the beauty
of the waters of the canal.

Learn about the loyalty and passion that the Delaware Canal inspires in the residents who live on its berms and work in the canal-side villages and towns.

With A Foreword by JIM GREENWOOD

With a forward by Mark S. Schweiker, 44th Governor of Pennsylvania

Inns and taverns occupied a position of central importance in colonial American society. Rest stop, hotel, dining establishment, and a place to get a pint of ale and the latest gossip.They were also places where trials took place, important political decisions were made, and people of historic importance stayed.

"Washington slept here," might not be true of every establishment in Bucks County, but it can certainly be stated that "Washington ate here," in many of the taverns and inns in Bucks County, along with his Revolutionary War colleagues 
and his enemies. Some of these places served as the headquarters for General Washington and other leaders of the Continental Army during 1776, and it is inside their walls that some of the most important skirmishes and battles were planned.

It was from the shores of Bucks County that General Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River on that infamous Christmas Day 1776 and surprised the British and Hessian armies in the Battle of Trenton.

Bucks County's historical role in the United States didn't end with the Revolution. It was the "Fourth Road" of the Philadelphia Line of the Underground Railroad, and the Lehigh Valley and Delaware Divsion Canal was built along the Delaware River through Bucks, and taverns and inns played an important role in both. 

Quite a few of the buildings from these eras remain completely intact, and many of the establishments still serve food and drink and provide a warm bed and entertainment for travelers. They may serve ten different kinds of martinis now and many of their chefs are internationally renowned, but they are still the "hot spots" of the region, the places to go, to be seen, and to gossip. 

Bucks County is rich with history, and its residents have been diligent in preserving this history and retaining the architecture of its past. I am in awe of the "real" historians of Bucks County who keep the documents, buildings, and stories of the past safe for generations to come. We must all be very thankful to them.
I know I am. 

Both books are wonderful to give as holiday gifts or hostess gifts!  Great for students, too!
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