Holiday Open House Tour

Calendar of Events

Saturday December 2, 2023

House Tour Home

Tips and Guidance for Tour Day

Whether this is your first house tour or your 60th, here are some tips to help you have the best day possible.


  • Tickets are $30 for members or $35 for non-members, advance purchase, and will be sold the day of the tour for $40 at the Half-moon Inn (Court Inn) and at the Stocking Works
  • Buy tickets in advance online (available now), or at The Newtown Book & Record Exchange, 102 S. State St., Newtown (beginning November 15)
  • 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 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

  • 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
  • Restrooms

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

    Other Events in Town

    Soup Luncheon, Craft Bazaar, and Bake Sale
    10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
    Washington Avenue & Court Street
    (“A” on tour map)

    Chili Luncheon
    11:30 am to 2:30 pm
    Newtown Presbyterian Church, Ettenger Hall
    Washington Avenue & North Chancellor Street
    (“B” on tour map)

    Things to Do

Upcoming Events

Annual Spring Clean-Up

April 27, 8:30am - 11:00am

Every year, in the Spring, we take a day to clean the Half Moon Inn, and it’s a time to put the Inn back to “right” while seeing neighbors and making new friends


NHA's Spring Garden Cocktail Party

May 18, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Enjoy a beautiful evening wandering among the gardens, sipping a glass of wine, and having the opportunity to bid on a Craig Hackett painting.

The one-day-only “Tribute to Local Veterans” is the NHA’s annual Memorial Day event to honor local soldiers.

Memorial Day Tribute to Local Veterans at the Callahan Research Center

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

The one-day-only “Tribute to Local Veterans” is the NHA’s annual Memorial Day event to honor local soldiers.



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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