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The Unknown History of the Parry Mansion
New Hope, PA
My Great-Grandmother would always talk about the past if you asked, which I always did, and many of the stories included the local history concerning our family. She told me about an "Indian Burial Ground" somewhere off of Windy Bush Road, and although I've never found it, I know one did exist because I've heard about it more then once.
During another story she explained about the Bridges between New Jersey and PA being closed overnight then opened again in the morning. Once I was at school and your Great-Grandfather came over for a visit before we were married. He stayed too long once so he was late in making it back to the bridge. He was really mad so he revved up the engine in his car, and rammed through the "gate arms" on both sides. They never did find out he did that, and I am sure they were plenty mad about it in the morning."
I loved to hear stories like this so I would always encourage her to tell me about them....
One time she asked me if I knew anything about the Parry Mansion. I said I knew only about where it was. She went on to tell me although it won't be in any history book, the Beaumont's once owned it. When I asked why it wasn't in a history book, she told me about these "Poker Games" that went on and that sometimes those in the games "lost their heads" and would bet anything. She went on to say the Beaumont's won that house in a single hand. As she moved onto another story I naturally asked why they still didn't own it. She explained, in essence, that no one knew then what they know now. There was only so much land you could own so what were you supposed to do with it? She told me the house "went back" either by gift, sale, or lost in yet another hand of poker.
That part probably is lost in history forever.