Part of Bucks County's history, relatively unknown to the rest of the world, is about to make its debut on the big screen.
"The North Star" will fill movie screens soon. To give audiences a tantalizing taste of what's to come, the official trailer promoting the movie was recently released.
Shot in locations throughout Central Bucks County, the film tells the story of "Big Ben" Jones and Moses Hopkins. Slaves on a southern plantation, the two attempt to escape to freedom in the north in the mid-1800s.
They follow the proverbial north star along the winding pathways of the underground railroad, a series of safe houses manned by opponents of slavery who helped slaves escape bondage.
After befriending a Quaker family, the two men eventually were ushered through Bucks County to the farms of rural Buckingham Township.
Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter plays Big Ben in the film, which was written and directed by Bucks County native Thomas K. Phillips.
Bucks Countians will recognize several locations in the movie, including the Newtown Theatre, Cuttalossa Farm, Plumstead Friends Meeting, The Moland House in Warwick and Oscar Hammerstein's former estate Highland Farm, in Doylestown Township.
Look for a premiere showing at the County Theater soon.
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