There’s so much to discover in tiny but enchanting Chalfont
With a population of just over 4,000 and a total area of only 1.6 square miles, the tiny borough of Chalfont is a tight-knit community inside Pennsylvania’s Bucks County. Once part of the same area that included its neighbors of New Britain Township and New Britain Borough, Chalfont incorporated as an independent borough in 1902. Today, Chalfont is a well-heeled borough in a strategic location on the way to Doylestown, the county seat of Bucks County.
While Chalfont has plenty of amenities and shopping, many residents enjoy the urban attractions of nearby Doylestown Borough and the surrounding area's natural beauty. The borough has the distinction of being the place where the Neshaminy Creek splits into its West and North Branches and supports plenty of gorgeous green spaces for locals to enjoy.
While Chalfont’s main street, Butler Avenue, offers all the suburban comforts and shopping opportunities, the hustle and bustle quickly melt away to the pastoral countryside and working farms just 10 minutes out of town. Locals appreciate that they have the best of both worlds in their borough and treasure their close relationship with nature and agriculture. Hiking, trekking, and biking are common here, as well as participating in community clean-ups in parks and greenspaces.
Unlike some other areas in Bucks County that lean towards New England fare, Chalfont offers a wide range of food from around the world — Italian, Mexican, and Japanese, just to name a few. The dining room in Los Sarapes is cute as can be, with a burbling fountain and fresh flowers to accompany their excellent Mexican dishes. For Japanese food in a modern setting, locals like Hachi for their fresh sashimi, scallop ceviche, and raw oysters, all presented beautifully on ice.
Local event space Nostalgia 1720 is often booked for weddings and private events but also offers events open to the public via their bar and restaurant space, The Bar at 1720. Catch live music and enjoy a cocktail or two inside their beautiful 18th-century farmhouse space. Maybe you’ll be invited to a private event here as a local!
If you’d like something more low-key, set aside a special morning for a tea chat at the Talking Teacup, a charming tea house set inside a home built in 1761. You and your companions will quickly lose track of time amid the ceremony of delicate flower-painted porcelain, tiny sandwiches and desserts, and their fragrant, heady tea blends. The Talking Teacup is currently taking reservations for breakfast, lunch, and special High Tea and brunch events.
Fortunately, Chalfont doesn’t lack outdoor activities. Whether fishing along the Neshaminy Creek or taking a peaceful walk in the forest, the borough has some of the best local green spaces in the immediate area. A fine afternoon can be spent at the Pine Valley Covered Bridge, surrounded by a wooded park area. If you prefer the water, the nearby Pine Run Dam and reservoir is a great place to walk and view a variety of migrating and local birds.
For fun for the whole family, there are plenty of pick-your-own farms in the Chalfont area that are happy to share their spring and fall harvests. Tabora Farm and Orchard is open year-round — even during non-harvest — and offers an on-site bakery stocked with sandwiches, pastries, and other treats. Just minutes away is Rustic Valley Orchard, which often holds fall festivals complete with pick-your-own apples, hayrides, and corn mazes.
Chalfont is served by the exceptional public Central Bucks School District and hosts Simon Butler Elementary School, Pine Run Elementary School, and Unami Middle School within the borough. Some excellent private schools include:
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