Recorder of Deeds office celebrates William Penn’s birthday

    On October 15th, Robin Robinson and the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds office celebrated William Penn’s 375th birthday.

    For both the Recorder of Deeds office and our great commonwealth, William Penn is an important figure.

    He is the founder of this land we call home.

    It was in 1681 that Penn was given a large portion of King Charles II’s land holdings in the new world colony, present-day states Pennsylvania and Delaware, to settle a debt owed to Penn’s father, Admiral Penn.

    While only living in the new colony for three-and-a-half years, Penn set into motion high standards that have carried on to present day.

    As part of Penn’s birthday celebration the Recorder of Deeds office offered a variety of fun activities for both adults and children alike.

    There was a festive photo booth, a William Penn impersonator, and refreshments.

    More importantly there were preserved deed books on display dating back to William Penn land in 1684.

    These books are part of Robinson’s ongoing project to save the history of not only Bucks County, but of the United States of America. 

    Beginning at the Grange Fair in August, and continuing until Penn’s official birthday on October 14th, the Recorder of Deeds office conducted a drawing for a chance to get an individual’s name placed in one of the newly preserved deed books.

    It was during the birthday celebration that Robinson drew the winning name live on the official Recorder of Deeds Facebook page.

    Betsy Hunt was the winning name.

    She was in the Recorder of Deeds office to take pictures with Robinson and Deed Book 145, the preserved book with her name now permanently displayed for years to come.

    A practicing realtor for the past six years, Betsy, from Newtown Borough, is very aware of the important history Bucks County holds.

    Her current residence was originally purchased by Shadrack Walley from William Penn and is the oldest frame house, a house constructed from a wooden skeleton, in Pennsylvania.  “As far as my work goes, I am particularly good with historic houses and realizing the intrinsic value of them. I always look forward to stewarding the history of Bucks County homes when possible,” says Betsy.

    For more information on Robin Robinson’s historic deed preservation project please call the office 215-348-6209.

    PHOTO CAP: Recorder of Deeds, Robin Robinson (left), with Deed Book Drawing Winner, Betsy Hunt.