Thinking about owning real estate in New Hope?
Carl Glassman, your Innkeeper-Proprietor at
1870 Wedgwood Collection of Inns has been a licensed Realtor in
both New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 1979. Since opening
the Wedgewood Inns in 1982, he has assisted scores of
houseguests in becoming full-time as well as part-time residents
of the greater New Hope, Bucks County area.
Of course, many more guests prefer the
pampering they receive as a guest at our Inns. Several spacious
suites and especially our separate Carriage House have luxury
amenities, as well as kitchenettes which make them ideal for
extended vacation or executive relocation.
For those still considering purchasing or
renting, consider this recent New York Times piece, titled; "The
Tyranny of a 2nd Home" by Tracie Rozhon.
In his book "Acres and Pains," the noted
playwright S.J. Perelman recalled his notion of becoming a
county squire in Bucks County "with nothing but a high heart, a
flask of citronella and a fork for toasting marshmallows." But
after 15 years of part-time rusticating, he ended up with "a
superb library of mortgages, mostly first editions, and the
finest case of sacroiliac known to medicine."
Had Perelman actually had some probing
conversations with people who already owned weekend houses, he
might have been forewarned....
Many other members of the famed
"Algonquin Roundtable" drove their Pierce-Arrows into New Hope,
rolling into town from Lambertville under the green iron arches
of the New Hope-Lambertville Free Bridge. The cream-colored
cars, their silver trim glaring in the sun, bring Oscar
Hammerstein, Dorothy Parker, George Kaufman, the Marx Brothers
and others. They motor down from Manhattan, less than ninety
minutes away, for a week of composing, cracking wise, and
tearing up historic inns.
This is New Hope in the 1930s and 40s.
Artists found its streams and rolling hills and native
fieldstone farmhouses a bucolic refuge from the city. And what
they started continues today. New Artists, new writers and new
performers come here to work. And live.
One such person who liked it here so much
was Moss Hart and his wife, Kitty Carlisle. They owned a
magnificent estate with stone manor house at New Hope's edge.
When temperamental theatre critic Alexander Woollcott came to
dinner in New Hope, even the china in the cupboards trembled.
"He wanted dinner at 10, at 6 at 8,"
recalls Kitty Carlisle Hart, describing a weekend Woollcott
spent at the New Hope home of her late husband, world renowned
playwright Moss Hart. "If someone wanted the windows closed,
Woollcott wanted them opened. He was a dreadful guest. When he
left, he wrote us a note: 'This is the worst weekend I ever
But the exasperating weekend became an
enduring comedy. After Woollcott left, Carlisle Hart says, her
husband commiserated with collaborator George S. Kaufman. What
would happen, Hart wondered, if someone like Woollcott broke a
leg and had to prolong his visit to your country home?
"The two men looked at each other,"
Carlisle Hart says, "and 'The Man Who Came For Dinner' was
born." Woollcott became Sheridan Whiteside, an acerbic wit who,
confined to a wheelchair after a fall, tyrannizes his hosts.
After a successful Broadway run, "The Man
Who Came For Dinner" played two sell-out engagements at the then
new Bucks County Playhouse starring Kaufman, both Harts, and
Harpo Marx ( BTW: Harpo's first speaking role onstage in 14
So.... whether you'd like to book a stay
at our Wedgwood Inn, reserve a seat at the Bucks County
Playhouse or look for a home to purchase or rent in Bucks
click here to contact us now!
From New Hope to Broadway and back, we are here to serve you all
Carl & Nadine,
Nadine's cousin Zackary Solov and his partner, New York Times
arts critic John Martin, were very much a part of the musical
theatre scene in New Hope from the 1950s through the 1970s.
Read more about this talented dancer and choreographer at