The land that became Doylestown was originally inhabited by the Lenni-Lenape Indians and consisted of forested
hills and a few paths. It was first owned by the Free Society of Traders
in London, then sold in 1724 to Jeremiah Langhorne as part of a 2000 acre tract.
In the early 1730s, Edward Doyle and his sons lived in the area, and in 1745 William Doyle built a tavern
so that travellers would have a place to rest on their journey along the rough roads. The village was first
known as "William Doyle's Tavern", and later came to be called
Doylestown. Doyle owned the land at the present intersection of State and Main Streets.
This intersection actually marks the center of
the borough and the heart of our lovely town.
These videos show Doylestown in 1954:
It's always great to see historic pictures of our
town so we can get a glimpse from the eyes of our ancestors. We
thank Rutherford's Camera Shop at 23 W. State St. for these wonderful