Hotchkin, Samuel F. The York Road, Old and New. Philadelphia: Binder & Kelly, 1892.,
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Ely, Mr. Richard Elias
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Old York Rd.
New Hope Borough, Bucks County, PA
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- "Mr. Richard Elias Ely's beautiful dwelling inthe borough of New Hope on the hill west of the village, is on our right as we approach the town. It was built about 1816 by William Maris, who at one time visited Cintra near Lisbon, the residence of the Kings of Portugal & from one of the wings of the palace obtained the design for his house. In 1830 the property came into the possession of Richard Randolph, of Phila., who in 1834 sold it to his brother-in-law, Ely, father of the present owner. The house was very substantially built with thick walls, the divisions being 18 inches thick... A good country walk leads from the town to Cintra, following the side of York Rd. from the built-up portion of the borough. There is a porter's lodge at the entrance of Cintra. The Mansion is of an octagon shape. The lawn is like a carpet in its verdant smoothness & hedges guard it on 2 sides, though a fence in front permits occupants of Cintra to view the country. The dining room is a fine one and all rooms have high ceilings. The high position as is usual here, commands a good view"
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