Flat Stanley learned that Aunt Marci lives in a very historic area that was very important to when our country was started.
we could explore the town, Loki, Aunt Marci’s German Shepherd, wanted
to take a walk. We loaded up the car and drove to Tyler State Park
(which was only a few minutes from Aunt Marci’s House). I wanted to
ride in the back of the car with Loki, but Aunt Marci said that would be
dangerous. She let me take a quick photo with Loki before we left.
stopped by the office at Tyler State Park. We took some photos of some
of the animals that live in the park. The deer was okay, but I thought
the owl was very cool – did you see how big his wings are??
office told Aunt Marci and me about the covered bridge inside the
park. Aunt Marci, who walks a lot in the park with Loki, said that she
had never seen the bridge, so the office showed her on the map how to
we arrived at the parking lot. Loki immediately started to bark – he
really likes to walk at the park! Aunt Marci had us walk on the path,
and we snapped a photo of Loki, who is very happy (see how his ears
stand straight up – he wants to hear everything that goes on in the
we stopped by the Neshaminy Creek, which runs through the park. There
was A LOT of geese in the creek. We spent some time by the creek cause
it was so much fun. Loki must have gotten pretty hot, because he laid
down in the creek. Aunt Marci said that he was trying to cool off. I
asked if I could swim in the creek to cool off, but Aunt Marci said that
I might get sick, so no (boo!).
playing in the water, Aunt Marci spotted a girl doing homework in a
tree! The girl happily took a picture with me. She was really nice and
said to say hello to everyone in Hailee’s class.
I am in the photo - I am just really small!
we drove to the covered bridge inside Tyler State Park. The park is so
big that we would have been too tired to walk to the covered bridge.
In order to get to the bridge, we had to walk down a very steep
hill…..Aunt Marci was scared, but I held her hand.
we found the Schofield Ford Covered Bridge. It was originally built in
1874 and it is the longest covered bridge in Bucks County. The bridge
burned down once, but some really nice people rebuilt it just like it
used to be. The stone pillars holding up the bridge are original, which
means that they are 137 years old.
and I were very good and posed for a photo next to the sign for the
bridge! Then Aunt Marci took some photos of the bridge. Do you notice
those little diamond shaped holes in the bridge? I took a photo of me
in front of one of the those holes while inside the bridge. It was a
very cool view of the river! Inside, the bridge is big enough for a car
to go through it!
Aunt Marci got one last photo of me on
the other side of the bridge, but I am so small in comparison to the
bridge that you can barely see me!
I am in the photo - I am just really small!
After the bridge, we had to go home for lunch. Loki and I were hungry.
lunch, Aunt Marci and I went into her town to see all the historic
landmarks. First, we stopped by the Newtown Theatre, the oldest movie
theatre in the United States! The movie theatre dates back to 1831 (so
it is much older than the bridge!). The first movie was shown there in
1906, over 100 years ago!
I took one photo inside with the ticket sales guy. He was very nice. I hope to go back someday and see a play there!
down the street, Aunt Marci and I stopped for some more photos at the
Newtown Borough Hall (this is Aunt Marci’s favorite building – she
thinks that it is really pretty). The building was opened in 1858 to
serve as the meeting place for the people who govern Newtown Borough.
It is said to be the oldest building in the state still in use for its
original purpose as borough chambers.
we stopped by Temperance House, which is now a restaurant. They were
not open for dining, but they let Aunt Marci and I take some photos.
Temperance House was opened as early as 1772. It served as a school and
a tavern, where people could eat and drink. I liked their Christmas
tree, so I took a photo with it.
we went to the Zebra Striped Whale. There is nothing historic about
this place, but Aunt Marci says that their ice cream is the BEST!! Aunt
Marci and I ate our ice cream outside on the bench, but I couldn’t hold
my ice cream cone while posing for the photo. I ate vanilla ice cream
with Reece Cups as a topping – it was really good!!!
leaving Newtown, we took a photo of the Brick Hotel. George
Washington’s staff and their prisoners stayed at the hotel in 1776.
Their prisoners were from a battle in Trenton, NJ on Christmas Day in
1776. This was an important battle that led to America being a free and
independent country. Two short years later, George Washington presided
over the writing of our Constitution and became our country’s first
Marci and I then took a short ride of about 15 minutes to Washington
Crossing, Pennsylvania. Washington Crossing is located on the Delaware
River. When you cross the river, you are in the state of New Jersey.
There is a bridge there now that many cars use, but Aunt Marci said she
hates driving that bridge because it is very narrow. However, she
agreed to walk me out onto the bridge, because there is a sidewalk
across the bridge so that you can cross the river and be in another
was at this site that George Washington and his troops crossed the
Delaware River on Christmas Day in 1776. They battled in Trenton, NJ
and won. After this battle, George Washington’s staff and the prisoners
from the battle stayed at the Brick Hotel in Newtown, PA.
Christmas Day, actors and actresses do a re-enactment of George
Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware River. Aunt Marci and
Uncle Kevin plan to attend this year.
took several photos of me on the bridge and one of me sitting on an old
cannon (it is like a big gun that they used back in the 1700s during
the canon photo, do you notice the building behind it? That building
served as an inn next to the river. It is said that George Washington
ate his dinner there on before crossing the Delaware River to go into
our visit to Washington Crossing, it was time to go home and cook
dinner. I helped Aunt Marci decorate her family room mantle with
Christmas decorations (she has A LOT of Hallmark ornaments that light
up!). I also spent some time with Rocco, Aunt Marci’s other German
Shepherd. Last, Aunt Marci showed me her crown display case because she
said that Hailee likes crowns!
Rocco and Loki were a lot of fun. We played in the house a lot while
Aunt Marci worked. Rocco and Loki are really well trained because Uncle
Kevin spends a lot of time with them, so they were very gentle with me.
hope to visit Aunt Marci and Uncle Kevin again really soon! They miss
their niece Hailee and told me to give Hailee (and her sister, Marissa),
a big hug from them and the dogs.