Now recently renovated, expanded and re-opened, this historical home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright George Kaufman has never been more worthy of being called New Hope's premier inn.
George Simon Kaufman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in November 1889 to Joseph Kaufman and Henrietta Myers. In 1917, he married Beatrice Bakrow and in 1936 they moved into a farmhouse in Bucks County that would someday be known as The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm. They bought the property for $45,000 and Kaufman called his home Cherchez La Farm.
Kaufman enjoyed playing croquet on his grounds and it is said that matches could often be played well into the night. His play, The Man Who Came to Dinner, is based on an evening in Bucks County where a difficult critic was not able to spend the night at Kaufman’s home and had to stay over at Moss Hart’s, Kaufman’s friend and writing partner, and was reportedly fussy and demanding.
His daughter, Anne, recalled happy memories from their summer home in Bucks County where the Kaufmans would invite writers and celebrities of the time to come for dinner or the weekend.
During his tenure as a playwright, Kaufman wrote 45 Broadway plays and musicals and was the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes. He saw major success for his unparalleled wit and works.
Kaufman and Bakrow were married for 28 years until she passed in 1945. Kaufman passed away in June 1961 and was survived by his daughter and his granddaughter, Beatrice Colen. Kaufman and his legacy remains a part of Bucks County’s history and an important part of our history at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm; we’ve even named our rooms after some of his famous works.