Pineville was known as "The Pines" around 1776 and was called by this name for many years, due to a growth of pine trees in the area. Around 1806, it was called "Pinetown" and consisted of a stone store-house adjoining a frame dwelling, kept by Jacob Heston, near the site of Jesse P. Carver's store. The dwelling house and tailor-shop of William Trego stood on the point between the Centreville turnpike and the Buckingham road. Jesse S. Heston kept store in the bar-room of the present tavern. Pineville was so named from a cluster of pine trees that stood about 150 yards south of the crossroads. These trees were cut down about 1846. The forging of the iron work for the county jail at Doylestown, erected in 1812, was done at Pineville. The iron was hauled from Bethlehem in farm wagons.
Another dwelling, and David Stogdale's farm house, with a school-house near the present store, and removed in 1842, completed the community. It had neither tavern, wheelwright, nor blacksmith. The post office was established after 1830, with Samuel Tomlinson the first postmaster, when the name was formally changed to Pineville. The first tavern, licensed in 1835 or 1836, was kept by Tomlinson, after having been for several years previously a temperance house. It now contains about twenty five dwellings. John Thompson kept store at the Pines before the Revolution; he also owned a mill on the Neshaminy.
The Pineville Tavern is still open and in operation today, serving lunch and dinner every day of the week. Tuesdays from 12-2pm see a traditional lunchtime special of the Scottish favourite Haggis, 'neeps'(turnip) and 'tatties' (potatoes).
- DeLorme. Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer. 8th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2003, p. 82. ISBN 0-89933-280-3.
- from research of Donald R. Repsher Historical Reminiscences of Pineville and Vicinity
- W. W. H. Davis, A.M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, from the discovery of the Delaware to the present time, Democrat Book and Job Office Print., Doylestown, PA, 1876