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General Meeting

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Doug Miller on “William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania”

Pennsylvania Charter to William Penn – March 4, 1681*

In 1681 William Penn, with the signature of King Charles the second, became the largest land holder in England. His fledgling colony would become the Keystone to the development of a nation. Explore the history of our founder and the beginning of our colony of Pennsylvania with Doug Miller, the director of William Penn’s home, Pennsbury Manor.

Pennsbury Manor is a reconstruction of William Penn’s country estate. It is set on 43 acres along the Delaware River in Morrisville, PA. It is the only site in the nation dedicated to preserving the historical significance of William Penn. Pennsbury Manor brings the past into the present by telling the stories of the colonists, servants, enslaved people, and Native Americans who lived on that land.

Doug Miller serves as the historic site administrator for Pennsbury Manor, the home of William Penn here in Pennsylvania. He is employed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and has served as museums director at Brandywine Battlefield, Washington’s Crossing, Hope Lodge in Fort Washington, Graeme Park in Horsham and Curtin Village in Centre County, PA. Mr. Miller serves as a peer reviewer for museum accreditation and as a consultant through the MAP (museum assessment program).

This event is the February meeting of the Newtown Historic Association. It is free and open to the public and will be held at the Half-moon Inn, 105 Court Street, Newtown, PA on Tuesday, February 21, 2022 at 7:30 PM.

*PHMC Record Group 26: Records of the Department of State, Basic Documents, 4 pages, parchment with iron gall ink.


February 21
7:30 pm - 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

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Upcoming Events

NHA Annual Meeting

April 17, 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Join us for the Newtown Historic Association’s Annual Meeting being held at Bucks County Community College in conjunction with a presentation by Dan Tyler and a private tour of the Tyler Mansion.


George F. Tyler: A Synergy of Being and Doing

April 17, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

This is a ticketed event, click "Read More" below for details with a link to purchase tickets. The Newtown Historic Association and Bucks County Community College Foundation will jointly present a special program about the Tyler family with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tyler Mansion


Annual Spring Clean-Up at the Half-moon Inn

April 29, 8:30am - 11:00am

Save the date, more info coming soon.



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.

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