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Hotchkin, Samuel F. The York Road, Old and New. Philadelphia: Binder & Kelly, 1892., p. 272

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Project name: Washington's Headquarters
Project types: dwelling

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Old York Rd.
Warwick Township, Bucks County, PA

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The American Army was here from the 10th to the 3rd of August A.D. 1777. The name of the owner of the property when the army was there is not known. Afterward Alijah Stinson became the owner then Reuben P. Ely possessed it & afterward William Bothwell. It was owned at my visit by his widow, Mary Bothwell, who resided in the mansion...The ancient house in Warwick Township is of stone, plastered without. The gable stands toward the road on the right hand, a few ft. from the highway. A piazza runs along the front of the farm house. The yard is higher than the turnpike and a ha-ha wall is on the roadside. A newer part of the house is lower in height than the antique portion, as the bldg. consists of 2 sections. Within the dwelling the rafters are visible, as is common in old houses. There is a famous old fireplace, now closed in, in the new part of the mansion. The walls are thick, for our predeccessors did not erect houses that would tumble down in a storm. Washington's office had an old fireplace in it, w/woodwork above it. There is a Franklin stove in it now...There is a pleasant view of a country landscape from the open door of this room...The woodwork and paneling in the parlor are like those seen in Southern mansions...The old kitchen has been removed & a new one built...There was a mile stone at the foot of Kerr's hill which long marked the traveler's progress as he departed from this house, or returned to it, but it is now gone. The steps of Washington's Headquarters are ancient stone relics, & the piazza on the main house is old. Formerly there wa a porch over the lower part of the 2 story house. The surrounding soil is of red sandstone & clay"


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