Tour Newtown

Tyler HorsesWilliam Penn purchased a large tract of land from the Indians and 28 miles northeast of his “Great Town” Philadelphia, he discovered a tree-bordered creek.

“This is where I propose to build my new town,” he is reported to have said. In 1684, the new settlement was called “New Township.”

The 640-acre area eventually had its name shortened to Newtown. During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington’s headquarters was in Newtown following his dramatic crossing of the Delaware River.

Links for further reading:

Official site for Newtown Borough
Official site for Newtown Township
Newtown Historic Association