Alfred and William Levitt devised a plan for a new kind of self-contained community in the early 1950s that would change America forever. They bought land in Bucks County and pioneered a method of building homes from pre-assembled sections. Named for Alfred and William, Levittown soon became wildly popular with workers. The same factors that drew so many enthusiastic residents to the community in its early days -- inexpensive homes and proximity to Philadelphia and Trenton, New Jersey and the jobs those cities provided - continue to bring people to Levittown today.
Levittown celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2002. The community offers the benefits of small town life within minutes of Philadelphia and all the opportunities afforded by a large city. Atlantic City, and all that the Atlantic Ocean offers to vacationers, is just an hour away. Opportunities abound for all types of water sports. Families can enjoy days building sand castles with the children or splashing in the ocean.
The community boasts an ideal location within beautiful Bucks County, a treasure for those inclined toward the great outdoors. Silver Lake Nature Center in Bristol provides an opportunity for families to slow down and see rare and threatened animal and plant species. The best-protected coastal plain woodland in Pennsylvania is part of the Center.
The nearby Peace Valley Nature Center is another opportunity for exploration. There are footpaths and remote hiking trails where more than 250 species of birds have been seen. Center programs include birdwalks, moonlight hikes and star watches. There are bird blinds and trails that are open from dawn to dusk. Churchville Nature Center in Churchville offers environmental programs for young people from kindergarten through middle school in a setting that showcases many of nature?s most glorious assets. The Churchville Center also sponsors bird walks, bird and butterfly counts, walks with a naturalist, and campfire programs.
As a bedroom community for Philadelphia, Levittown is just a stone?s throw from the educational, entertainment and cultural opportunities that this great city offers. The Avenue of the Arts is the entertainment and arts district with theatre, museums and concert halls. Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a mile long cultural odyssey that begins at City Hall and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Philadelphia is also rich in historical sites. Independence Mall is America?s most historic square mile, and includes the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed. The U.S. Constitution was also written there. Levittown is an ideal location from which to explore all these national treasures. Residents enjoy a charming small town ambiance, yet have an extremely varied collection of educational, work, and recreational opportunities to choose from.
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