Holiday Open House Tour

Tips and guidance for tour day

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Whether this is your first house tour or your 57th, here are some tips to help you have the best day possible.


  • Tickets are $30 and will be sold the day of the tour at the Half Moon Inn (Court Inn) and at the Stocking Works
  • Buy tickets in advance online or at The Newtown Book & Record Exchange, 102 S. State St., Newtown
  • If you buy your tickets online, you will need to come to the Stocking Works or Half Moon Inn (Court Inn) on Saturday to pick up your tour booklet, which gets you into the houses


  • There is free parking at the Stocking Works, 301 S. State Street
  • Municipal parking lots are available within 2 blocks of the Half Moon Inn, behind the Starbucks and also behind the First National Bank of Newtown

General Tour Information

  • The event is rain or shine, but if there is a major snowstorm it may be postponed until Sunday the 8th – check this site for up-to-date information
  • The houses open at 10am and close by 4pm. There is much to see and do, so come early and enjoy the day
  • The tour booklet includes a map; you can review it online to plan your route
  • Half Moon Inn and Stocking Works will be open at 9:30 for ticket purchase and pickup
  • Wear your comfortable walking shoes. Depending on the weather you may be given slip-on booties to put over your shoes as you enter the houses
  • No high-heeled shoes please
  • There is no picture-taking allowed in the homes

Half Moon Inn (Court Inn)

  • The headquarters of the Newtown Historic Association will be open all day; stop in and say hello to our volunteers
  • There will be colonial music and re-enactors of the colonial period, as well as an open-hearth cooking demonstration on the first floor
  • Gift items may be purchased in the Museum Shop

Food & Drink

  • The Half Moon Inn will be serving complimentary hot mulled cider and cheese all day
  • There are many eateries in the immediate Newtown downtown area. Come extra early and have a pre-tour breakfast!
  • No food or drink allowed in the homes


  • Restroom facilities are available at the Half Moon Inn (Court Street and Centre Avenue).

Other Events in Town

Soup Luncheon
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Macedonia Baptist Church
218 North State Street

Soup Luncheon, Craft Bazaar, and Bake Sale
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Washington Avenue & Court Street

Chili Luncheon
11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Newtown Presbyterian Church, Ettenger Hall
Washington Avenue & North Chancellor Street

Things to Do

Upcoming Events

Market Day

October 2 @ 10:00 am

Save the date! Market Day is returning for 2021 on October 2nd. It is our proud tradition to feature high-quality crafters, artisans & fine artists; colonial-era demonstrations, reenactments & activities; farm stands; entertainment for all ages; and food from local restaurants.


Historic Walking Tour of Tyler Park (Saturday)

October 9 @ 10:00 am

This annual event is designed as a self-guided walking tour of the historic properties and farmhouses scattered throughout the Tyler State Park grounds. The self-guided tour will begin at 10am at the Boathouse Pavilion on Saturday, October 9th and again on Sunday, October 10th. Representatives from both the Newtown Historic Association and the Pennsylvania Department … Continue reading Historic Walking Tour of Tyler Park (Saturday)


Historic Walking Tour of Tyler Park (Sunday)

October 10 @ 10:00 am

This tour will take place on Saturday, Oct 9 and again on Sunday Oct 10.



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


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.