‘Hamilton’ Star Sends Major Gift to Doylestown Museum, Theatre Education Center

Image via Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The famous performer sent a helpful gift to the Bucks County museum.

A famous Broadway performer recently gave a much-needed donation to a museum in Bucks County that preserves a local legend’s legacy. Stephanie Farr wrote about the recent gift for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center has received a major gift from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s fund to help preserve Highland Farm, Hammerstein’s former Doylestown home.

The center is a nonprofit that is focused on buying, restoring, and preserving the property on East Road in the township where Hammerstein spent the last two decades of his life. The farm is the place where Hammerstein, along with his creative partner, Richard Rodgers, wrote classic works including “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I”.

Hammerstein bought Highland Farm in 1941. He lived there with his wife, Dorothy, until 1960, when he died of cancer aged 65. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For the last six years at least, there have been efforts to buy the 1840 house along with the barn and its surrounding 4.9 acres. Preservationists are hoping to turn the property into a museum and theater education center.

Read more about the Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center in The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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