Tinicum Twp, Bucks County, PA

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Davis [1] gives brief mention of Ottsville, writing "Ottsville, formerly "Red Hill," is on the Durham road near the line of Nockamixon. A post-office was opened at Ottsville, 1814, with Michael Ott as postmaster."

The Red Hill Church and School were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.


"Ottsville is one of the oldest villages in northern Bucks County. The first settlers in the area were Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, who founded a church in Ottsville around 1738. The village was known as both 'Red Hill' and 'Ottsville' for over one hundred years. The name Red Hill was taken from the red rock and soil on which the village is located. When a post office was established in 1814, the name had been changed to Ottsville because another post office using the name Red Hill was already in Montgomery County. Ottsville was chosen in honor of an influential family in Tinicum Township. However, the main part of the village to the south of the post office continued to be known as Red Hill. The use of Red Hill finally faded out after the post office was moved to the lower part of the village." [2]

"A now vanished hotel once stood on top of the hill in Ottsville. During the 1700s the inn served as a stopping point for the stage coaches traveling along the Durham Road. On September 19, 1737, Edward Marshall and other participants of the Indian Walking Purchase stopped at the inn for a short rest. One of the three walkers, Solomon Jennings, dropped out from exhaustion at this point. The hotel stood vacant and in ruins for many years and eventually even the ruins disappeared." [2]

"Today the main road through Ottsville is quiet and infrequently traveled. The village was bypassed by Easton Road (Route 611) so that most traffic speeds by Ottsville without ever seeing the village. However, there are numerous commercial enterprises in Ottsville, and a sign near the southern intersection of Route 611 and Durham Road directs motorists towards these businesses. Ottsville is a relatively large commercial village with about 30 houses located along Durham Road. The center of the village principally consists of older stores and houses, while the edges are a mixture of old and new construction. Many street trees, a large lily pond, and the absence of heavy traffic all contribute to a pleasant village setting." [2]

  1. W. W. H. Davis, The History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Doylestown PA, Democrat Book and Job Office Print., 1876
  2. Bucks County Planning Commission, The Villages of Bucks County: A Guidebook, 1987, p100

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Street Names
Durham Road • Geigel Hill Road • Headquarters Road

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