Rising Sun Inn
Historic Rising Sun Inn, nestled in the rolling hills on the border of Bucks and Montgomery counties, is situated on the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. Built in 1739, it began its history as an inn when Peter Gerhart and his wife Elizabeth rented it from George Esterly in 1752.
Known then as Gerhart's Tavern, it was an overnight stop for the stage coach which traveled from Philadelphia to Allentown. In 1777 the Liberty Bell was housed overnight in Gerhart's Tavern as it was moved from Philadelphia to Allentown to avoid British capture during the occupation of Philadelphia.
The inn was also a part of the underground railroad, housing escapees overnight in tunnels that had been dug in the basement. Runaways stopped at Gerhart's Tavern after leaving Seth Luken's station on Forty Foot Road and before rejoining the main route to Quakertown. This particular route was used to bypass Norristown. Gerhart's Tavern remained in the Gerhart family until 1912.
Today the Rising Sun Inn continues the tradition of superior hospitality that began with Peter Gerhart. Its newly renovated dining room retains its warmth and the big stone fireplace that has the distinctive character and charm of colonial days. The bar has a cozy, neighborhood feeling with its wood floors, walls, oak bar top and unique "bison theme" decor. It offers entertainment every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. The Liberty Bell Room, located on the second floor, offers an intimate setting for special parties and functions. Larger gatherings are welcomed in our 18th century newly refurbished barn that comfortably allows for 100 guests.
The Rising Sun Inn has ample, convenient parking.