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About Newtown Township

Until relatively recently, Newtown Township was a pretty rural area. Now, homes are rapidly replacing farmland, as people are drawn to Newtown’s proximity to Philadelphia and to New York, (via trains from nearby, New Jersey locations), affordable housing, and small town sense of community. Happily for residents both old and new, wise local government places a premium on protecting the Colonial charm of this 300-year-old township.

History

Newtown’s original 5,000 acres were part of the immense land parcel purchased by William Penn from the Lenni Lenape Indians in 1682. Penn named the region his “New Township”, which became “Newtown” in time.

The county seat of Bucks County from 1726 to 1813, Newtown was designed to resemble an open fan surrounding a narrow town common, and the town boundaries are basically the same today. While it started as a small farming village, over this period Newtown became a prosperous governmental center, with a courthouse and several inns and taverns.

During the Revolutionary War, George Washington established his headquarters in Newtown after his famous crossing of the Delaware River. His two famous letters to congress, in which he describes his victory at Trenton, were written in Newtown.
After the relocation of the country seat to Doylestown in 1813, Newtown remained the commercial and cultural center for its surrounding rural community, and the town has many lovely homes from this period.
One of the America’s foremost folk painters, the Quaker Edward Hicks, lived in Newtown from 1780 to 1849. He worked as a coach and sign painter, and painted many local scenes. Today his gravesite may be visited in Newtown.

Location

Newton is in the lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania, about 21 miles north of Philadelphia. Trenton, New Jersey, is about 10 miles east across the Delaware River, and Princeton is about 10 miles east of Trenton.
The Delaware Expressway is about 4 miles from downtown Newtown; this is an interstate that runs in a wide ring around Trenton, New Jersey, and is fed by interstates that journey east to New Jersey and New York, and west to Philadelphia.
New Hope is about 10 miles northeast of Newtown and Doylestown is about 10 miles northwest. Yardley. is about 6 miles south.

Transportation and Local Airports

Newtown is served by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transport Authority (SEPTA), which runs trains into nearby stations at Doylestown, Warminster and Yardley.

Passengers may travel by interconnecting lines to the entirety of southeastern Pennsylvania, including the R1 line to the Philadelphia International Airport (which is about 33 miles from Newtown). Additional airports include the Trenton Mercer Airport (about 10 miles away) and the McGuire Air Force Base (about 29 miles away in Wrightstown, NJ).

Special Attractions

Newtown residents and business people are proud of their charming and community minded town. Locals work hard to protect the small town ambience of their community and to protect the historic downtown from shopping malls and super stores. Locals get together to celebrate community events, like the annual “First Night” new years bash at the local school. A local sensation since 1955, the family owned Goodnoe’s Dairy restaurant continues to serve up delicious ice cream treats to kids and their parents.

Newtown has several parks and good recreation facilities and the Tyler State Park is a short distance away. Locals enjoy biking and horseback riding the many trails that wind through the lovely woods, and canoeing on the river.

Education

The Council Rock School District encompasses Newtown’s 3 elementary, 1 middle, and 2 high schools, and there are several (mostly religious) private schools in the town.

The Bucks County Community College in Newtown offers continuing education, arts and culture degrees and courses, and business and industry training and certification. Nearby colleges and universities include, the Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Princeton University (about 22 miles away), Thomas Edison State College (about 12 miles away in Trenton, NJ), Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington (about 16 miles away), Arcadia University (about 19 miles away in Glenside), La Salle University and Philadelphia University (both about 20 miles away in Philadelphia), and the College Of New Jersey (about 20 miles away in Ewing, NJ).

What To Do With Kids

Color Me Mine
This is an art studio that stocks clay pots, mugs, plates, and any number of figurines, along with glazes and brushes. Kids and adults paint their selection. There is a work area in which to create a masterpiece, and the studio will then fire the creations and have them ready for pick-up. Also features a “Design a Bear” outlet where kids can design their own animal.

Newtown Library
Visit the happy kid’s area; borrow books and tapes, and come to the weekly pre-school story time and special events. The library often hosts bedtime story times for toddlers and pre-schools-come in your pajamas!

Newtown Parks and Recreation Department
There are five parks in Newtown and numerous open spaces and wilderness areas. Most parks have ball parks or courts; visit this site to find out more and for news on upcoming recreational events and activities.

Helen Randle Park
Visit the children’s playground at this Newtown Park.

Tyler State Park
Ride a horse or bike along over 100 miles of paved trails or go fishing, swimming or canoeing on the river. You can rent horses and canoes in the park and there are plenty of picnic areas in the woods.

Girl Scouts of Pennsylvania (5 to 17)
Girl scouting increases your confidence and opportunities. Recent research showed that two-thirds of all women in “Who’s Who in America” are Girl Scout graduates; 72 percent of these women say that their success is greatly due to their Scout experiences.

Newtown Pack 99 Cub Scouts (5 to 10)
Go on challenging and fun outings and learn outdoor and communication skills with other boys your age.

Bucks County Boy Scouts
There are several boy scouts chapters in Bucks County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County
See a movie, go to a museum, listen to music or make something with an adult mentor; you can talk about what’s happening in your life and just have fun.

Things to Do for Everyone In The Family

Tyler State Park
Ride a horse or bike along over 100 miles of paved trails or go fishing, swimming or canoeing on the river. You can rent horses and canoes in the park and there are plenty of picnic areas in the woods.

Newtown Parks and Recreation Department
There are five parks in Newtown and numerous open spaces and wilderness areas. Most parks have ball parks or courts; visit this site to find out more and for news on upcoming recreational events and activities.

Rose Bank Winery
Enjoy spectacular surroundings in the heart of historic Bucks County while sipping enchanting wines at Rose Bank Winery.

Brass Lantern/Carousel Village
Carefully chosen country furniture and decorative accessories to give your home a Bucks County look.

Things For Your Pets

Pets Are Inn
Pets Are Inn makes special arrangements for your pet that far surpass the offerings of a traditional kennel. We carefully screen animal loving individuals and families to care for your pet(s).

Dogs & Cats Rule
There are all kinds of pet things in here. Lots of cool treats, toys, collars, training things and so much more!

Sports & Sporting Events

Big Leagues Academy
Tons of sporting activities for your children are available at this academy.

If you are interested in spectator sports, the Eagles, Phillies, Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers are less than an hour away. There is an excellent minor league baseball team and minor league hockey team in Trenton, New Jersey. Those games can be reached within 15 or 20 minutes and are very reasonably priced.

Golf

Northhampton Valley Golf Club
Surrounded by 127 acres of rolling green hills, Northampton Valley Country Club provides the perfect setting for a wedding that you will never forget.

For golfers, play the 18-hole championship golf course; playing to a par of 70, that will challenge the most experienced golfers.

Olde Masters Golf Club
This hilly course is difficult because of its narrow, tree-lined fairways. There is water coming into play on five holes, and the greens are medium in size and speed.

Restaurants

La Stallaý
18 Swamp Rd, Newtown, PAý – (215) 579-8301ý
“La Stalla is a very enjoyable restaurant. The food is great with such a wonderful selection of Italian meals.”

Isaac Newton Food & Drinký
18 S State St, Newtown, PAý – (215) 860-5100ý
“This is one of the best restaurants in Buck’s. They have great food and service”

Temperance Houseý
5 N State St, Newtown, PAý – (215) 860-9975ý
“The decor was very charming, this place has a lot of history to it and set the mood for our dinner just perfect.”

Siam Cuisine Thai Restaurantý
2124 S Eagle Rd, Newtown, PAý – (215) 579-9399ý
“The food is excellent and reasonably priced, the decor is tasteful and the service excellent.”

Piccolo Trattoriaý
32 W Rd, Newtown, PAý – (215) 860-4247ý
“This is a great Italian restaurant! It’s very lovely inside and beautiful.”

Contact Marty Millner Cell (215) 519-1399

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