Harry Nessler opened the 1740 House in 1968, converting the remains of an 18th Century farmstead to a modern inn. Inspired by trips as a child, staying in motor lodges across the county, Mr. Nessler’s goal was to create a “motel-style” inn right along the scenic Delaware River. Through his vision, the inn was remodeled so that every room had a view of the water and a small, riverfront balcony to enjoy in any season. Nearly 50 years later, guests continue to visit the 1740 House to take in the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape – and to enjoy the inn’s warm hospitality. The property is steeped in the area’s history dating to before the William Penn Land Grant in 1681.
In November 2010 the Inn was purchased by New Hope hotelier and restaurateur Joe Luccaro and a few good friends. Together with partner Dr. Neil Cohen, the owners have committed to bringing the property back to its former prominence as a quaint, country inn along the Delaware River. The 1740 House offers every visitor an opportunity to be a house guest in historic Bucks County, enjoying the tranquil vistas and small town hospitality that the owners are fortunate to experience every day.
As Joe has been known to say, “The area has been good to all of us. We think you will find the same true when you visit.”