John Chapman House

Also known as: London Purchase Farm, Knox-Hamilton Headquarters, Dr. Chapman
S of New Hope off PA 232 on Eagle Rd., Upper Makefield Township, New Hope, Pennsylvania


National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 24, 1974
Reference number
NR name
Chapman, John, House
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year


18th Century (4,657)
Brick (42,464)
Bucks County, Pennsylvania (181)
Built 1745 (23)
Built during 1740s (309)
House (27,760)
New Hope, Pennsylvania (11)
Pennsylvania (4,380)
Private owner (54,398)
Stone (26,166)



John Chapman House
Posted December 10, 2019, by Peggy N Bainbridge (pegbain2b [at] gmail [dot] com)

My school friend Jessie O'Brien lived down the street from me in Langhorne, PA, before her family moved to London Purchase Farm in New Hope, PA. I knew it was an historic property but had no notion of its value or story. We were convinced there were ghosts there, of course. It was a beautiful place.....but far beyond my family's means...which I knew, but until this moment didn't really goodness! It certainly sheds new light on what can happen if you found a company in an entirely new business, as Jessie's father had. Sigh. We didn't just move away from each other, but moved apart as friends, and I didn't know why....but the change in that family's (literal) fortunes obviously accounted for a lot. I often wonder what happened to the James O'Brien family. In a way, it hurts. But if anyone knows, I'd love to find out.