Tulpehocken means 'the land of the turtles' (the clan of the Lenni Lanape who settled this land).
Modern development began in the 1850's, and the Tulphocken Historic District is now on the National Register of Historic Places as one of America’s first railroad suburbs.
Villas representing every style of Victorian architecture regale—a few styles on view include:
French Second Empire (1865—1880s)
During the seventeenth century, French architect Francois Mansard used high-pitched two-sloped roofs to turn cramped attics into livable spaces. In America, a tall mansard roof with a rectangular tower offered a sense of height and European majesty. French Second Empire houses are often square in shape with single-story porches.
Queen Anne (1880s—1890s)
In America the Queen Anne (QA) is the quintessentially Victorian style. The style referenced back to Queen Anne’s rule, but also incorporated a variety of Elizabethan, Jacobean, Classical, and Oriental elements. Generally, QA houses fall into several categories:
• spindled (delicate turned porch posts and lacy, ornamental spindles),
• free classic (classical columns, often raised on brick or stone piers),
• half timbered (decorative half-timbering in the gables), and
• patterned masonry (frequently found in Center City, these QAs have brick, stone, or terra-cotta walls and decorative details in wood).
Georgian Revival (1870s and beyond)
Named after the four King Georges, a revival of this classical style (also called colonial revival) occurred at the end of the nineteenth century in reaction to the extraordinarily ornate Victorian-era styles. Georgian Revival architecture is a simple box, two rooms deep, with strictly symmetrical windows.