Holiday Open House Tour

Saturday December 4, 2021

Thanks to all who made the 2021 Holiday House Tour a success!

On Saturday, December 4th, celebrate the beauty of the season with the Newtown Historic Association’s holiday house tour. Now in its 58th year, this tour gives visitors the opportunity to peek into several of Newtown’s unique private residences, all dressed for the holidays.

Besides the private homes, there will be multiple public buildings open for visitors. All sites are within easy walking distance from the town center.

The $30 cost of a tour ticket also includes entry into the Half-moon Inn, home to the Newtown Historic Association. Once inside this beautifully restored 18th century building, tour-goers will enjoy period musical entertainment, hearthside colonial cooking demonstrations and more.

Please, no picture taking or high-heeled shoes permitted in the houses.

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

We will be following PA & CDC COVID guidelines

  • We are taking smaller groups through the sites to maintain social distancing
  • We are requiring masks to be worn at all times (we will have extra masks available for free)
  • We will have hand sanitizer available at all locations

2021 Private Homes on the Tour

Private Homes

Horace Fenton House, 1893 – Michael and Chris Franko
240 S. Chancellor St.

Josiah Worstall House, 1874 – Kati Sowiak
121 S. Chancellor St.

Wisteria /Blackfan House, 1880 – Lou and LeeAnn Fancher
32 S. Chancellor St.

Milnor House, 1760 – Nancy Gracia
127 Sycamore St.

Public Buildings

The Stocking Works – 1889 :: 301 S. State St.
Old Presbyterian Church and Session House – 1769 :: 76 N. Sycamore St.
Newtown Theatre – Newly Renovated! – 1831 :: 120 N. State St.
Newtown Fire Association – c. 1901 :: 14 Liberty St.
Newtown Library Company – 1912 :: E. Centre Ave. and Congress St.
Half-moon Inn – c. 1733 :: Centre Ave and Court St.
N.H.A. Research Center :: 100 Mercer 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.

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