Parker's Pennsylvania Place
The Bucks County Connection
Dorothy Parker's name is synonymous with Manhattan and the high life of posh parties and smoky speakeasies. But for 20 years she was a part-time resident of a sleepy village in Eastern Pennsylvania when she took refuge from New York and Los Angeles during the Depression and World War II.
DOROTHY IN PIPERSVILLE|
This is the house in Pipersville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the late 1930s and 1940s Dorothy and her husband Alan lived in the house. Top view is today, bottom is from the Parker-Campbell era. Forty more photos here
Dottie and her second husband, Alan Campbell, bought a country farmhouse with money they made as a screenwriting team in Los Angeles during the Golden Age of movies. In the summer of 1936, Dorothy and Alan visited Bucks County, located about three hours from New York and one hour from Philadelphia. Dottie wanted to plant "roots" according to biographer Marion Meade. Friends were already buying homes in the area, and Dottie and Alan were eager to join them.
The couple bought a 14-room Pennsylvania Dutch farmhouse on 120 acres in Pipersville, Pa. Named Fox House; it had an apple orchard, a barn, and a view of the Delaware River. It was a steal at $4,500. The original section of the home dates to about 1750; it was owned by the Fox family and their name is still on a piece of the woodwork that was retained in the kitchen area. The center part of the home dates to 1841 and it was remodeled when Dottie and Alan bought it; they added electricity and indoor plumbing. The owners in the 1990s added a large, cozy addition to the house. Today the house is on 20 acres.
Dottie and Alan sunk tens of thousands of dollars into the house, and used the country residence for entertaining their New York and Hollywood friends. Dottie, who was in her early 40s when she bought the place, turned to gardening and shopping in Bucks County. Some say she attended movies at the theatre in nearby Doylestown. The writing in her country residence was done on the patio, nearby the pool. A statue of Bacchus, god of wine, sits in the garden, a gift from Alan to his wife.
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Dottie and Alan also are said to have stayed at the Doylestown Inn while their farmhouse was being renovated. One account says they frequented the Water Wheel Tavern.
Getting there: The house is outside Pipersville. The house is a private residence on a private road, and is not open to the public. It cannot be seen from the road. For privacy reasons, we will not post the address online. Sorry.