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LaVO: Counting down the wonders of Bucks County

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In the second of a two-part series, columnist Carl LaVO continues his list of his favorite places to visit in Bucks County in the new year.

Behold: The top half of our Top 12 Wonders of Bucks for the new year.

No. 6: Tyler Estate, Newtown Township

A 60-room mansion with 20 fireplaces, service cottages, support buildings, a four-tier herb and flower garden, a stable for 25 horses and a working dairy — all of this set in 2,000 acres of woodlands. Welcome to the grandest estate ever built in Bucks County.

George and Stella Tyler created this wonder in 1931, center pieced by their Tudor-style mansion with turrets on a 200-foot-high cliff above Neshaminy Creek.

George Tyler was a prominent Philadelphia banker; wife Stella was an accomplished sculptor. Stella willed most of the estate to Pennsylvania for what would become Tyler State Park. She set aside 200 acres including the mansion for Temple University, which sold the acreage to Bucks County for its first community college in 1965.

Today the mansion is Tyler Hall, administrative headquarters for the college. A visit to the grand home and its ornamental gardens is awe inspiring.

Address: 275 Swamp Road. Information: 215-968-8000

No. 5: Ringing Rocks, Bridgeton Township

Nature’s bell choir is an incredible 7-acre field of boulders piled up at........

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