The Newtown Square Historical Society is Hosting its annual Community Celebration!
Making History on Saturday, June 2nd at Historic Newtown Square Day
What: Historic Newtown Square Day
When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Start at any one site, pick up our program with its map and an updated list of activities, and enjoy learning about the history all around you! The event supports the mission of the Newtown Square Historical Preservation Society to educate the community on local history and the importance of preserving and using the historic buildings that we are fortunate to have in the Community.
New This Year: In addition, this year we are collaborating with two other great community organizations that day:
- Historic Home: The Caley family lived in Newtown for much of its first 200 years, and continuously occupied a house on what is now Caley road. The Caley house will be open for tours to celebrate its 250th birthday!
- The Newtown Square Railroad Museum, always a participant on Historic Newtown Square Day, will have more activities this year, including a small choo choo train for children to ride, an antique car display, and vendors offering food and fun for all ages. And of course the main attraction there is the wonderful collection of full size train engines, cars, and railroad memorabilia, and a museum on the history of the railroad that ran to Newtown.
Schedule of Events
Activities at Drexel Lodge Park & Garrett Williamson: In the meadow at the Drexel Lodge Park, various vendors and other activities will be hosted – bluegrass music, food, crafters, the 1st Colonial Regiment of Foot Revolutionary Soldiers, some Lenni Lenape Indians, sheep shearing & blacksmith demonstrations, animals, an art show and more.
Raffle Baskets: Our local merchants have donated an amazing collection of thousands of dollars in merchandise and gift certificates that we have divided into different baskets of cheer. Buy your raffle tickets and you choose which baskets you bid on. All items will be on display at Drexel Lodge Park all day long.
Historic Sites: Newtown has five historic sites that are on the National Register of Historic Places. We hope to have four of those sites open this year as well as the oldest place of worship in the community, the Newtown Square Friends Meeting, and a number of other sites significant to local history.
1711 Newtown Square Friends Meeting & Cemetery, 120 N. Newtown Street Rd
1828 Paper Mill House & Museum, Paper Mill & St. Davids Roads
1842 Hood Octagonal School, 3500 West Chester Pike
1860 Bartram Bridge, Boot & Goshen Roads
Garrett-Williamson Barn, 395 Bishop Hollow Rd