Buckingham Twp, Bucks County, PA

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Highlon [1]

Village on Street Road on the line between Buckingham and Solebury and between Clayton and Buckmanville. It was formerly known as Smiths Corner from the Smith family, old-time residents there. The origin of the name Highlon is obscure. In the Knoll Atlas of Bucks County, 1891, the village is erroneously called "Higlon." [Note: in 2006, in a popular Bucks County Street Map book, the place is also named erroneously -- this time as "Highton."] The public road known as the Street Road, forming the boundary line between Buckingham and Solebury, is one of the oldest in the county. It extends for 8 miles from a side road at Cottageville to another side road on the northern slope of Jericho Mountain in Upper Makefield Township. It was projected about the time when the lands on the line of the two townships were first surveyed and was probably laid out by Phineas Pemberton, County Surveyor, in 1700. In the will of Benjamin Fell, son of Joseph Fell I, dated September 6, 1758, he speaks of the Street Road simply as "the Street, so called." In old deeds it was written for some years "street or road." In the course of time the word "or" was dropped and it became Street Road. The part of the road from Highlon through Buckmanville to Jericho Mountain was opened about 1770 (information supplied by C. Arthur Smith, Wycombe, Pa.)

  1. MacReynolds, George, Place Names in Bucks County, 1942, Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, PA.

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