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Established in 1681, Newtown Township (Newtown Square) is the oldest township in Delaware County and has over 100 historic structures still standing.

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SUMMER OPEN HOUSE AT PAPER MILL HOUSE & MUSEUM!

In 1860, Newtown Township was largely a farming community, full of Quaker descendants of Welsh Quakers who bought their original farms from William Penn and moved here in the late 1600’s.  The census for that year shows 841 people in Newtown, most living on farms spread out throughout the township.  But in one small corner of the Township, the census taker found a veritable beehive of activity:  more than 100 men, women and children living along the banks of the Darby Creek, skilled weavers and crafts people, many recent immigrants from England and Ireland, working at several textile mills turning the wool from local sheep in woolen blankets and other goods that were sent throughout the country.

Today, those mills are ruins along the creek, but one of the mill workers homes, and a museum of local history, including a period 1850’s general store, can still be found along the banks of the Darby Creek in Newtown. The Museum is open to the public each Saturday in July and August from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please take advantage of this opportunity to tour the museum and walk in the steps of those early millworkers.

GPS:  1 Paper Mill Rd, Newtown Square, PA  19073; park in lot across stream from House.

 


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Some of the Projects we are currently working on

Digital Archiving

We are currently in the process of digitizing a large volume of our records

Endangered Buildings

View our list of buildings & structures that are currently endangered

Preservation Ordinance

Did you know our historic sites are not legally protected by a Historic Preservation Ordinance?

The Newtown Square Historical Society is an all-volunteer non-profit community organization. We invite you to become a member and learn more about what we do.

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