Highlon, Pennsylvania

How did Highlon, Pennsylvania get it’s name? This page provides a brief history about the naming of Highlon, Pennsylvania, the people who settled it, and the industry rising within it.

Village on Street Road on the line between Buckingham and Solebury Townships and between Clayton and Buckmanville. It was formerly known as Smiths Corner from the Smith family, old-time residents there. The origin of the name Highlon is obscure. In the Noll Atlas of Bucks County, 1891, the village is erroneously called “Higlon.” The public road known as Street Road, forming the boundary line between Buckingham and Solebury, is one of the oldest in the county. It extends for eight miles from a side road at Cottageville to another side road on the northern slope of Jericho Mountain in Upper Makefield Township. It was projected around the time when the lands on the line of the two townships were first surveyed and was probably laid out by Phineas Pemberton, County Surveyor, in 1700. In the will of Benjamin Fell, son of Joseph Fell I, dated September 6, 1758, he refers to the Street Road simply as “the Street, so called.” In old deeds, it was written for some years as “street or road.” Over time, the word “or” was dropped, and it became Street Road. The part of the road from Highlon through Buckmanville to Jericho Mountain was opened around 1770.1


MacReynolds, George. Place Names in Bucks County Pennsylvania, 2nd Edition. Doylestown, PA: The Bucks County Historical Society, 1955.

  1. Information supplied by C. Arthur Smith, Wycombe, Pa. []

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