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General Meeting

October 18, 2021 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm

Historic Preservation and the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) in Newtown, PA

Newtown is what it is today as a result of the efforts, starting in the 1960’s and 1970’s to establish the Historic District. The townspeople then went on to preserve and protect the many historic homes and buildings in the Historic District. That effort continues today with the oversight of Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB). Michael Hutchinson will be speaking on the preservation efforts that have been taken in Newtown over the years and the ongoing effort to sustain the Historic District. Come and hear Michael share his experiences and perspectives on what it means to be stewards of Historic Newtown.

Michael J. Hutchinson is a third-generation builder who specializes in historic additions and renovations. Born and raised in Newtown, Mike learned the craft from his father, Brud Hutchinson, who learned it from his father, Earl Hutchinson – all Newtown-based builders. Now in his 46th year in business, Mike has led countless restoration and rehabilitation projects in Newtown and surrounding areas. His keen eye for detail and commitment to preserving the story behind each building is evident throughout his work.

For over 15 years, Mike has served as a member of the Newtown Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB), which reviews plans for changes to historic buildings in Newtown Borough, and makes recommendations to Borough Council. Married for nearly 50 years, Mike and his wife, Susan, reside in a N. State Street home built in the 1800s that was once owned by his grandfather. There they raised their three children and today spend time with their 11 grandchildren. In his spare time, Mike can be found sailing, fly fishing, or enjoying time with family.


October 18, 2021
7:30 am - 9:00 pm


Half-moon Inn (Court Inn)
105 Court St
Newtown, PA 18940
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(215) 968-4004


The Newtown Historic Association

Upcoming Events

Historic Graveyard Tour

March 24, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Join us for a fascinating presentation of the history and restoration of the Old Presbyterian Church Graveyard and the Slack Cemetery, followed by a guided tour of the restored headstones and footstones.


Annual Meeting

April 15, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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Memorial Day Tribute to Local Veterans at the Callahan Research Center

May 27, 10:00am - 2:00pm



The Edward Hicks Room

The Newtown Historic Association invites you back in time to experience the life of Newtown's most famous artist, Edward Hicks. The Edward Hicks Room displays many of the treasures owned by Hicks during his lifetime. These items include a double-faced swinging sign portraying William Penn's Treaty with the Indians and Penn's Landing at Chester in 1844...learn more


We invite you to sign up to stay informed of upcoming events, educational programs and community activities. Most are held in our historic Half Moon Inn, a tavern in the early days of Newtown, and are open to the public.

Join the celebration of our past and help ensure the preservation of our future.