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"What a treat to sit under the big shady oak tree and enjoy the voices and instruments!  And the house tour was icing on the cake." -- Blessings from Joan Marie, Holland, PA
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"We all enjoyed ourselves a lot on Saturday. You go to a lot of trouble to entertain all of us.  Next year we will make sure we get more coming. Glad you sang and played again, you are a pleasure to listen to.  Have  a wonderful year and we'll see you next June." -- Kathy
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11th Annual History
& Performing Arts Event

Saturday June 3, 2017
12pm to 4pm

(Rain Date Sunday June 5 same time)

Download Printable Flyer

This is a free 4-hour event in Holland, Bucks County for those interested in history, antiques, and the performing arts. Tours of the historic farmhouse are given indoors while musical performances and historical activities take place outdoors in the garden and yard.

Parking is available in the STUDENT LOT (lower parking area) of Council Rock South High School on Rock Way Road.  A small air-conditioned shuttle bus circles the location throughout the afternoon to carry guests to and from that parking area.  There is no charge for this service.

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CD: Tom Baust--In The Spotlight

A collection of high-end unique solo arrangements of show tunes & standards.

The CD showcases Tom's artistry as arranger, producer, as well as performer on piano, synthesizer, and bari-tenor voice. Tom is the consummate singer: he conveys lyrics with the artistry of Sinatra and sings a silky-smooth melody with the gift of Mel Torme!

"About 3 years ago I attended a cabaret with you at piano and Melissa K. singing at Society Hill Playhouse.  After the show I bought one of your CDs and have enjoyed it many times . . . I have to tell you that I think you are fabulous!  The CD gets better and better (meaning that I enjoy it more and more).  I would love to experience your shows if you have any coming up. Best Wishes" -- Rob Cox

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Book a Live Performance

Tom Baust (and friends) are available for a performance at your location.

"It was so good to see you and hear your music again. I know no one whose music from the American Songbook comes close to yours. It was just magic. I'm sure you have worked long and hard to be able to perform as you do. You are someone who has the gift, and had the patience and determination to develop it. I'm fortunate to be in your audience." -- Brian Daly

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History: the Rightly Murders of 1893

The 1806 Farmhouse was the site of a double hatchet murder of an elderly couple, Samuel and Leanah Rightly, a year after Lizzie Borden's similar crime of 1892. Arrested was drifter Wallace Burt, who killed the couple after having been hired to mow the lawn of the cemetery outside the farmhouse, and having been paid only 75 cents and not the dollar he said he was promised. Burt hid out at first in Newtown, sleeping in the lumber yard, then was captured in Morrisville alone in the woods, and tried in Doylestown in 1894. Click Here for more information about the case.
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New Book About the Rightly Murder Case
to be For Sale at This Year's Event!

THE SCYTHE AND THE HATCHET, a new book by Eric Stedman telling the story of the case is now available. It includes a history of the farmhouse, background information on the Rightlys and Wallace Burt, and covers the crime, its discovery, the pursuit and capture of the killer, his imprisonment and trial, the execution held in Doylestown, and also includes the story of how the house, after it was abandoned for many years, became known as "the Murder House" and its subsequent restoration by Tom Baust. The book includes rare photographs, summaries of witness statements, a transcription of the charge to the jury, and basically everything there is to know about the case. READ MORE