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Racing against time in Bucks County to save 400 years of land records

August 22, 2018

By Staff

Steve Pizzollo gets chills every time he sees William Penn’s signature, its looping letters inked into a deed book for farmland in what is now Bucks County.

The handwriting of the founding father of Pennsylvania has weathered the ravages of time for 334 years, most recently buried among reams of paper inside the county’s storage facility in Doylestown Township. Pizzollo, the county’s second deputy recorder of deeds, thumbed through some of those volumes Wednesday, stacked on pallets in a warehouse that also holds voting machines and seasonal decorations.

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