History of Newtown
After William Penn had laid out Philadelphia, his "great town", in 1682, he traveled north through a vast tract of land he had purchased from the local Indians. Some 28 miles northeast of Philadelphia, in the middle of trees that bordered a creek flowing to the Delaware River, he allegedly announced: "This is where I propose to build my 'new town'". No documentation supports this tale but, two years later in 1684, William Penn's surveyor, Thomas Holme, devised a plan for a new settlement initially called New Township. Straddling what is now called Newtown Creek, the site included 640 acres. In time, the name was shortened to Newtown.
The small village along Newtown Creek became the County Seat of Bucks in 1725 and it remained the center of county government until 1813 when the Court House was moved to Doylestown. The village had been settled as part of Newtown Township until it was incorporated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania General Assembly as a borough on April 16, 1838. Qualified voters accepted the Act of Incorporation and, on May 21, 1838, met at the public house of Oliver Cadwallader to elect by ballot one person for Chief Burgess, one person for Assistant Burgess and nine persons to compose a Town Council, five of whom were to be freeholders. The newly elected officials then met for the inaugural Council session.
The Borough was enlarged four times since 1838 and its buildings show excellent examples of all major architectural styles. Newtown Borough became one of Bucks County's preeminent communities with the construction of many substantial colonial residences and taverns. The Historic District was established in 1969, enlarged in 1976, again in 1985 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Newtown today still retains the character of this important period of history.
For more information about the history of Newtown go to the Historic Association web site.
List of Schools
Council Rock High School North - (215) 968-7000
Council Rock High School South - (215) 944-1100
Council Rock Junior High School - (215) 968-7200
Holland Middle School - (215) 944-2700
Goodnoe Elementary School - (215) 968-7240
Newtown Elementary School - (215) 968-7040
Newtown Middle School, (215) 944-2600
Newtown Friends School, (215) 968-2225
St. Andrew Catholic Education Center, (215) 968-2685
Colleges & Universities
Holy Family College - (215) 504-2000
Bucks County Community College (BCCC) - (215) 968-8000
Hotels and Inns
1 East Washington Avenue, (215) 860-8313
5 South State Street, (215)944-8050
Located at the Half Moon Inn, Court Street and Centre Avenue, (215) 968-4004.
Located at 114 Centre Avenue, (215) 968-7659.
50 Richboro Rd, Newtown, PA 18940: Italian Cuisine & Pizza, 215-944-8326
31 South State St, Newtown, PA 18940: Italian Cuisine, 215-968-3101
16 S State St, Suite 8, Newtown, PA 18940: American Diner Cuisine, 215-497-1020
240 N Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940: American & Irish Pub, 215-504-7277
2865 S. Eagle Rd, Newtown, PA 18940: Grill & Bar, 215-844-8469
18 S State St, Newtown, PA 18940: American Pub Bar & Restaurant, 215-860-5100
18 Swamp Rd, Newtown, PA 18940: Italian Cuisine & Bar, 215-579-8301
2808 S Eagle Rd, Newtown, PA 18940: Sushi, Korean & Thai Cuisine, 215-860-5511
Located in the Brick Hotel, 1 East Washington Ave, Newtown, PA 18940: Steakhouse, 215-860-8313
24 S State St, Newtown, PA 18940: Korean & American Cuisine, 215-968-7665
255 N Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940: American Bar & Sandwiches, 215-968-6326
5 South State Street: American Pub & Seafood, 215-944-8050
20 Richboro Rd, Newtown, PA 18940: Italian Cuisine & BYOB, 215-860-7774
280 N Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940: Mediterranean & Greek, 215-497-3417
5 W Washington Ave, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-860-2444
2150 S Eagle Rd, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-968-1708
2838 S Eagle Rd, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-944-8491
12 S State St, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-860-4122
4 S Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-968-3544
591 Durham Rd, Wrightstown, PA 18940, 215-598-3248
931 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley, PA 19067, 267-575-9074