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Recorder of Deeds to Compile Online Historical Posts into Zoom Program

March 17, 2021

Contact: Nicole Douglas, 215-348-6210; nmdouglas@buckscounty.org  

An unconventional online history series, begun by Recorder of Deeds Robin Robinson during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be offered twice next week in a collective presentation to the public.

Robinson’s “Did You Know…” series of historic vignettes premiered on her office’s Facebook site, its Twitter feed  and its Instagram page on March 24, 2020, just days into the statewide COVID shutdown ordered by Gov. Tom Wolf.

A year and many dozens of subsequent posts later, Robinson plans to offer the series as a single presentation, which she will present on Zoom. The presentation will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 23; and again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25.

Anyone wishing to attend the presentations should RSVP by Friday, March 19, to Nicole Douglas at nmdouglas@buckscounty.org

Did You Know.._

The initial item in Robinson’s series told of the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, who purchased 300 acres in Middletown Township during World War II. The land was used as a working farm that helped support the exiled Luxembourg government during the Nazi occupation.

After the Duchess sold the land in 1964, it was acquired by Bucks County and became part of Core Creek Park, whose large body of water was named Lake Luxembourg in her honor.


That post began a series of more than 60 items that Robinson posted with the help of her staff and the public. The varied offerings ranged from tales of historic villages, inns and parks to local exploits of people such as George Washington, Pearl S. Buck and the creator of the Monopoly game, to unique events such as the Fries Rebellion and the nation’s oldest Christmas tree lighting in Perkasie.

“There is so much history in this county that a lot of people do not know about it. Being a transplant from California, I certainly did not,” Robinson said. “I just thought that it would be great to share some of this history with the public, especially during this stressful time. I hope the public continues to enjoy this social media series for years to come.”

Most of the posts contained deed book and page references to the historic sites mentioned in the items. The deeds can be viewed at Robinson’s Recorder of Deeds office in Doylestown.

To contact the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds office, please call 215-348-6209, or click on https://www.buckscounty.org/government/RowOfficers/RecorderofDeeds.