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

The Brick Hotel 

1 East Washington Avenue, (215) 860-8313

The Temperance House

5 South State Street, (215)944-8050


Library of Newtown History

Located at the Half Moon Inn, Court Street and Centre Avenue, (215) 968-4004. 

Newtown Library Company

Located at 114 Centre Avenue, (215) 968-7659.  


Acqua e Farina

50 Richboro Rd, Newtown, PA 18940: Italian Cuisine & Pizza, 215-944-8326

Boccaccio Restaurant

31 South State St, Newtown, PA 18940: Italian Cuisine, 215-968-3101

Cafe Con Leche

16 S State St, Suite 8, Newtown, PA 18940: American Diner Cuisine, 215-497-1020

The Green Parrot

240 N Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940: American & Irish Pub, 215-504-7277

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - Newtown

2865 S. Eagle Rd, Newtown, PA 18940: Grill & Bar, 215-844-8469

Isaac Newton’s

18 S State St, Newtown, PA 18940: American Pub Bar & Restaurant, 215-860-5100

La Stalla

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

State Street Kitchen

24 S State St, Newtown, PA 18940: Korean & American Cuisine, 215-968-7665 

Sycamore Grill

255 N Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940: American Bar & Sandwiches, 215-968-6326

The Temperance Hous

5 South State Street: American Pub & Seafood, 215-944-8050

Vecchia Osteria

20 Richboro Rd, Newtown, PA 18940: Italian Cuisine & BYOB, 215-860-7774

Zoes Kitchen

280 N Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940: Mediterranean & Greek, 215-497-3417

Local Bakeries

The Caketeria

5 W Washington Ave, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-860-2444

Riehl’s Bakery

2150 S Eagle Rd, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-968-1708

Nothing Bund’t Cakes

2838 S Eagle Rd, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-944-8491

Ice Creameries

The Zebra Striped Whale

12 S State St, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-860-4122

Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar

4 S Sycamore St, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-968-3544

Owowcow Creamery

591 Durham Rd, Wrightstown, PA 18940, 215-598-3248

Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream

931 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley, PA 19067, 267-575-9074