It was the first professional stage on which Grace Kelly appeared, in 1949 as an apprentice in The Torch Bearers, then in The Heiress later that year, and, well into her film and TV career, in Accent on Youth in 1952.

New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse was like that, a theater that began as a gristmill and became a premier summer and Broadway tryout house, giving scores of hopeful young players their starts and providing a lively seasonal respite for veteran theater pros. Their ranks included Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, Robert Redford, Tyne Daly, Anne Bancroft, Eli Wallach, Liza Minnelli, Helen Hayes, Walter Matthau, Helen Hayes, Angela Lansbury, and Shirley Booth, as well as playwrights Neil Simon, George S. Kaufman, and Moss Hart.

"Local Mill Makes Good: Celebrating 75 years of American Theater at the Bucks County Playhouse," at the Michener Museum through March 2, tells the story of the historic landmark in photographs, documents, art, and artifacts. Information: www.michenermuseum.org.