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Angela Lansbury Slept Here? Historic New Hope House for Sale

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Angela Landsbury Home for Sale

New Hope, an eclectic town on the banks of the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pennsylvania is no stranger to unique talents, architecture & stories. The stories started early on with Gen. George Washington crossing the Delaware and continue to this day. A notable story-telling venue of town is the Bucks County Playhouse, once a circa 1790 grist mill. During much its 75+ year history as the State Theater of Pennsylvania, it had been the de facto pre-New York stage for many performers & Broadway productions.

In 2012, The Bucks County Playhouse Conservancy, a public/private partnership acquired the distressed property from a previous foreclosure and undertook significant restorations both physically & theatrically. By all accounts, the Playhouse has reclaimed its rightful place of honor in keeping up & expanding upon the traditions of live theater.

The list of household name performers & directors at this theater reads like a true life Who’s Who of Stage & Screen: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Helen Hayes, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Dick Van Dyke, Mike Nichols, Tyne Daly, Alan Alda, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minelli, Rob Reiner, Linda Eder, Andrea McArdle & Bebe Neuwirth are just a sampling. One such performer, Angela Lansbury, who appeared in 1952’s Affairs of State was honored as the inaugural inductee to the Playhouse’s Hall of Fame in Oct of ’13.

Local stories have it that one of Ms. Lansbury’s twin brothers owned a unique residential property just outside of the town and that this is where she stayed while in rehearsal & performing at the Bucks County Playhouse. This unique little connection was stumbled upon as I acquired the listing to this circa 1865 brick manor house in Solebury Township, PA. New Hope is full of little stories such as this, perhaps your story will be added to the list, as you make your mark on history here.

More information about this post Civil War Home can be found here at:
Antique Manor Home on 2+ acres w/Heated Pool in New Hope PA

For more information on unique homes in Bucks County Pennsylvania, please feel free to contact me at
Thank You for Taking the Time to Read
Steve Walny


What a neat history of this New Hope home, Ray. With so many stars performing at the theater it would not surprise me if more celebrities have stayed there too.

Thank you all for your kind words & acknowledgement - Steve There are historic homes with some amazing histories in Bucks County. Where I work/live is within minutes of where Gen. George Washington crossed the Delaware - so, when I hear "Washington Slept Here" - it's likely it really IS true!

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