Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Solebury Township
Township
Isaiah Paxson Farm
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 40°23′00″N 74°59′49″W / 40.38333°N 74.99694°W / 40.38333; -74.99694Coordinates: 40°23′00″N 74°59′49″W / 40.38333°N 74.99694°W / 40.38333; -74.99694
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bucks
Area[1]
 • Total 27.15 sq mi (70.32 km2)
 • Land 26.57 sq mi (68.82 km2)
 • Water 0.58 sq mi (1.50 km2)
Elevation 279 ft (85 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,692
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 8,599
 • Density 323.62/sq mi (124.95/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 215
FIPS code 42-017-71752
Website www.soleburytwp.org

Solebury Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,692 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Solebury has had history lining its borders since the 17th century, ever since the Europeans had settled in America. It contains historical sites that are visited every day by many. From the pre-revolutionary America, to colonial times, and finally, the industrial revolution. Prior to the "Americans" taking over this town it was owned by a Native American Tribe, the "Lenni-Lenape". This in English means, "original people". After the "Turtle Tribe" occupied this land it later became known as Solebury. In 1686 Solebury was finally signed over to the American settlers by 13 Native American tribe leaders.[3]

Abbie Hoffman committed suicide in 1989 in Solebury Township.

The Atkinson Road Bridge, Center Bridge Historic District, Cuttalossa Valley Historic District, George Nakashima House, Studio and Workshop, Isaiah Paxson Farm, Phillips Mill Historic District, J Henry Warren, Author, Red Fox Farm Long Valley Historic District, and Van Sant Covered Bridge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

In July 2017 the remains of four young men were discovered on a farm along Rte 202. Cousins Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz were charged with the murders.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 27.2 square miles (70.6 km²), of which 26.6 square miles (69.0 km²) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) (2.20%) is water. It is drained by the Delaware River, which separates it from New Jersey. Past and present villages include Aquetong, Bowman Hill (also in Upper Makefield Township,) Carversville (also in Plumstead Township,) Center Bridge, Clayton, Cottageville, Fleecyville, Glendale, Highton (also in Buckingham Township,) Lahaska, Limeport, Lumberton, Lumberville, Naylors Corner, Peters Corners, Phillips Mill, Rosenthal, Ruckmans, Solebury, Stony Hill, Tooqueminsey, and Winnahawchunick.[6]

Natural features include Aquetong Creek, Aquetong Spring, Brun Bridle Hill and Forest, Canada Hill, Coppernose (hill), Cuttalossa Creek, Dark Hollow Run, Honey Hollow (valley), Kitchens Hill, Lahaska Creek, Little Buckingham Mountain, Paunacussing Creek, Phillips Creek, Pidcock Creek, Rabbit Run, and Solebury Mountain.[6]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,564
1940 1,689 8.0%
1950 2,208 30.7%
1960 2,972 34.6%
1970 3,547 19.3%
1980 4,827 36.1%
1990 5,998 24.3%
2000 7,743 29.1%
2010 8,692 12.3%
Est. 2016 8,599 [2] −1.1%
[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 7,743 people, 3,053 households, and 2,170 families residing in the township. The population density was 290.6 people per square mile (112.2/km²). There were 3,207 housing units at an average density of 120.4/sq mi (46.5/km²).

The racial makeup of the township as of the 2010 census was:[9]

There are 3,053 households:

  • 30.4% contain children under the age of 18
  • 63.9% are married couples living together
  • 5.1% have a female householder with no husband present
  • 28.9% were non-families.
  • 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals
  • 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.94.

Solebury contains citizens of different ages

  • 22.0% under the age of 18
  • 4.1% from 18 to 24
  • 25.8% from 25 to 44
  • 36.5% from 45 to 64
  • 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $89,005, and the median income for a family was $103,566. Males had a median income of $71,176 versus $42,361 for females. The per capita income for the township was $52,985. About 1.7% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The Solebury School, a private co-educational day and boarding school, is located in the township.

Attractions[edit]

The New Hope-Lambertville Winter Festival takes place in Solebury yearly. Solebury contains a portion of the Washington Crossing Historic Park across the river from the larger Washington Crossing State Park.

The Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow maintains a nature preserve with six miles of hiking trails that are open to the public dawn to dusk every day for hiking and birdwatching.

Bowman’s Hill Wild Flower Preserve contains over 700 of Pennsylvania’s 2,000 native plant species grow naturally on 134 acres.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Solebury Township: Parks & Recreation". Solebury Township, Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ CNN, Eric Levenson and Steve Almasy. "Cousins charged in homicides of four Pennsylvania men". CNN. Retrieved 2017-07-15. 
  6. ^ a b MacReynolds, George, Place Names in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Doylestown, Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, PA, 1942, P1.
  7. ^ (DVRPC), Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. "DVRPC > Site Search". www.dvrpc.org. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/profile/PA
  10. ^ Barone, Michael; Ujifusa, Grant (1987). The Almanac of American Politics. National Journal. p. 1027. 

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