Excerpt: The Villages of Bucks County: A Guidebook, Bucks County Planning Commission
Lahaska is the site of the Buckingham Friends Meeting, which is the oldest place of worship in the township. The meeting was founded in 1701, and the first meetinghouse, a log structure, was built between 1705 and 1708. The present meetinghouse was built in 1768. In 1874, the village consisted of 15 houses, a store, hotel, coach factory, and a few shops. A notable scythe and axe factory was located about two miles north of the village. This was also the year a post office opened in Lahaska. The name Lahaska originates from a Lenape Indian word meaning "the place of much writing." Probably a treaty or a similarly important event once took place there.
Today Lahaska is almost exclusively commercial in nature. Many of the old homes and buildings have been converted into shops and stores; however, much of the tourist attraction known as Peddler's Village is comprised of newer construction. Several large parking areas are scattered around the village to accommodate shoppers. A flea market is also located on the southern side of Route 202, opposite the shops. Despite the heavy traffic, many pedestrians walk on the road. On busy days the large number of cars and people slows the traffic attempting to pass through the village.
Lahaska is contemporaneously best known as Peddler's Village, a tourist destination in its own right, while also frequently included on the itinerary of visitors to Historic New Hope. Following is an excerpt from a brochure that promotes the commercial attractions of the village.
Route 263 • Routes 202 • Street Road • York Road