Blue = Serenity

Tranquility & Hospitality Along the River

Initially settled by the Lenape Indians, a tribe known for its hospitality, New Hope is blessed with scenic beauty and serene landscapes. It has long been an attraction for artists who moved here and started what is now known as the art colony of New Hope.

A place where love, life, and friendship are celebrated, New Hope is a congenial community known for acceptance and inclusion. Up River Productions’ Embraceable You is an award-winning documentary film that gracefully captures the diversity of the Borough of New Hope and its reputation as an open-minded community. It is the spirit of those interviewed that makes this a haven for peaceful coexistence.

A one-square-mile town, New Hope is a welcoming and hospitable community where residents share the serenity and beauty of life here. We must work together to protect this unique and inclusive community.

Events

2001

The Annual New Hope Tennis Open was founded by tournament director Mary Howarth (Mary Margaret). Trophies were won by Mary Margret, Sharon Fronabarger, Joey Ray and others during the 2002 & 2003 tournaments.

2002

I Remember Mother, is a documentary produced by Tim McMurtry, is the amazing story of one man’s journey living in drag. The documentary features drag legend Mother Josie Cavellucci who is very much missed since her death in May 2000.

2007

Embraceable You, an award-winning documentary film capturing New Hope’s accepting, open-minded community, debuted at the Bucks County Playhouse. It went on to win numerous awards.

2012

New Hope Celebrates received a citation from the PA State Senate for its stellar work in the community, and an award from Landmark Towns of Bucks County as best in their Outstanding Special Event category for “New Hope Celebrates Pride Week and Parade.”

2016

New Hope Celebrates is granted space in the New Hope Public Library to showcase local LGBTQ+ History Archive via an iPad kiosk.

2017

Thanks to a generous donation from Landmark Hospitality – Logan Inn, NHC purchases it’s own eight-color, 100 ft. by 25 ft Rainbow Equality Flag made by Humphrys Flag Co. in Philadelphia. Sharon F. and Gordon P. managed the acquisition of the flag.

2018

The Raven hosts HRC and PA State Representative Helen Tai to discuss the PA Fairness Act, emphasizing the need to pass a state law to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ+ citizens.

Reflections

“Embraceable You celebrates New Hope’s history of diversity, inspiration, and community. It is my sincere wish that all continue to find room in our hearts to welcome and nurture that spirit of inclusiveness and togetherness.”

Geri Delevich,
Former Borough Council Member and Community Activist

Places 18938

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

Located at 10 Chapel Rd., St. Philip’s Episcopal Church is a unique caring, inclusive, service-oriented community ½ miles north of downtown New Hope.

Town Hall & The Eagle Fire Co. Building

Located at 41 North Main St., the building was the original firehouse of New Hope. It then became New Hope Borough Hall and Police Station until their move to the old St. Martin’s church building at New and Mechanic Streets. It is now home to Russo’s Pizza.

Martine’s RiverHouse Restaurant

Located at 14 E. Ferry St. next to Ferry Park, Martine’s sits along the banks of the Delaware River. Serving seasonal American cuisine in a casual setting, Martine’s is a destination restaurant and a popular local hangout.

The Salt House

Located at 7 East Ferry Street, this 1751 building was once used to store salt. It was also the Tollhouse, the town library and subsequently housed several restaurants, most notably the old Martine’s. New owner Steve Lou has restored this historic site into a gastropub and restaurant as well as a gathering place for locals.

The Mansion Inn

Located at 9 South Main St., this magnificent Victorian inn was built in 1865 and later became the home and office of pediatrician Dr. Leiby. Keith David and Dr. Eliio Bracco purchased the property and restored it. During their ownership, the inn was voted one of the
“Top 12 Inns” in the US by Country Inns magazine. Recently purchased by Landmark Hospitality, it is in the process of renovation and restoration.

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