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NEWS & UPDATES
Historic Preservation Ordinance:
The Society has presented a proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance to the Township Supervisors as of April 12, 2021. The proposed ordinance now goes through various layers of review. The draft was circulated to all owners of Historic Resources in the Township for their comments and concerns. Changes were made based on that input. The current versions of applicable documents are here:
2019 Annual Report
Articles on Local History:Crossroads of History (article)
In 1981 several historically minded residents of Newtown (Delaware County, PA) decided to host a celebration for Newtown’s 300th anniversary. A year of activities and a wonderful parade were the impetus to the creation of the Newtown Square Historical Society in 1984. The main purposes of the Society are to protect, preserve and promote the historic resources of the Township, as well as to tell its story. We are an all volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization funded through member donations, fundraising and grants. All contributions to the Society are tax deductible, and go to support the work and programs of the Society.
The Founding of Newtown Township
Newtown Township dates to 1681, when William Penn planned two inland “new towns” (the second one is Newtown, Bucks County) in which buyers who bought plots of farm land would be entitled to a “Townstead” plot in the new town planned for the intersection of Newtown Street Road and Goshen Road. The original settlers were Welsh Quakers, drawn to the new world by relatively cheap land, Penn’s promise of religious tolerance, and the prospects of new beginnings. Newtown remained a farming community from that time until after World War II, when it began growing into a suburban bedroom community outside of Philadelphia, 15 miles due east.