America's Historic Towns and Oldest Places
New Hope (estimated population of 2,527 ) is a town in eastern Pennsylvania. It lies on rolling hills that climb from the west bank of the Delaware River about thirty-five miles north of Philadelphia. The decor of Parry Mansion reflects the different generations who lived there from the late 18th century onward. Nearby, Cintra is a distinctive 1800s mansion. New Hope Arts Center exhibits works by regional artists. Vintage trains run along the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad to nearby Lahaska. Delaware Canal State Park features an extended trail along the Delaware River. New Hope won second place in a nationwide competition for the best small town in the Northeast. The Best Small Town in the Northeast competition was part of USA Today's "10 Best" contest series. More than one hundred buildings in New Hope are over one hundred year old and many of the original buildings from the mid-1700’s have been preserved. Today, New Hope has the image of a tourist town with a heritage profound in its roots in theater, art and the antiques trade.