Holiday Open House Tour

Saturday December 1, 2018

The Annual Open House Tour gives participants an exclusive look inside many private local homes and historic buildings decorated for the holiday season. The 56th Annual Open House Tour will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Major snow date is Sunday, Dec 2.

Reserve your tickets online for pickup the day of the event, or purchase tickets directly beginning Nov 10 — available at The Newtown Book & Record Exchange, 102 S. State St., Newtown. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available for purchase at the Half-Moon Inn, Court Street and Centre Avenue, and at the Stocking Works, 301 South State Street, Newtown. Children under the age of 12 are free.

Use the links above to get your tickets and find out everything you need to know about attending this popular event.

2018 Private Homes on the Tour

Private Homes

The Parsonage, 1864 – Paul and Jennie Schottmiller
203 Washington Avenue

The Briggs House, 1886 – Dr. James Coane and Marty Moss-Coane
319 E. Washington Avenue

Carver and Stapler Double House, 1873 – Nancy Freudenthal
314 E. Washington Avenue

Garrett B. Girton House, 1883 – June Hilbert
117 S. Congress Street

Minno House, 2008 – David and Susan Minno
428 E. Washington Avenue

Stenton & Congress Hall, 1836 – William & Meg Newell
35 S. Congress Street

Public Buildings

The Stocking Works – 1889 :: 301 S. State St
Newtown Fire Association – c. 1901 :: 14 Liberty St
Paxson Hall, Friends Home and Village – 1897 :: 50 S. Congress St
Newtown Library Company – 1912 :: E. Centre Ave and Congress St
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church – 1832 :: 100 E. Washington Ave
Half Moon Inn – c. 1733 :: Centre Ave and Court St

Historical Notes

The original Open House tour was sponsored by the Newtown Civic and Historic Association and was called “Christmas in Colonial Newtown.” It was held on Saturday December 14, 1963 from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and the price per person was only $1.50. Seven distinctive homes in Newtown were featured, including the Homestead (1800) at 127 South Sycamore Street; a colonial residence (1740) on South State Street; the Quintin House (1801) at 149 North State Street; the Bird in Hand (1690) at 111 South State Street; the Georgian House (1830) at 111 Court Street; the Schofield House (1837) at 113 Court Street; and a Victorian house (1860) at 219 Washington Avenue. Other buildings included on the tour were the Newtown Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Christmas Alley of the Hanging Lamp on North State Street.

A carol and candlelight parade in costume was featured on Friday night starting at Washington and Chancellor Streets and street caroling on Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bird in Hand. It was noted in the program that the Newtown Civic and Historic Association desired to acquire a historic building and if necessary restore it as a headquarters. The monies derived from the celebration of “Christmas in Colonial Newtown” were to be used toward this goal.

Upcoming Events

5th Grade Walking Tour of Newtown

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Historic Walking Tour of Newtown

June 14 @ 6:30 pm

“Historic Walking Tour of Newtown” by Jeff Marshall


Garden Walk

July 20 @ 12:00 pm

It’s the 3rd annual NHA Garden Walk of Newtown! Learn about the restoration of the Boone Garden and enjoy seeing the lovely local gardens.



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 treasurers 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


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