Research Center

Research Center and Barnsley Room of Newtown History

Barnsley RoomThe Research Center is a repository of records focusing on Newtown history from its founding to the present time. The collection includes deeds, wills, diaries, genealogies, photographs, directories, inventories and maps dealing with Newtown people, land, houses, farms, schools, service organizations, events and many other topics of interest. The collections are strong in the period 1725 to 1813, when the village served as the county seat. Edward Hicks, America’s foremost primitive painter, is also well represented. The collections are of particular value to persons interested in genealogical information of former Newtown residents, and the maps and deeds are of assistance to those studying land history or dating historic houses in the Newtown area. In 2001, the archives were supplemented by a donation of over 150 photographs from the estate of Norman Kitchin. The Research Center was opened in 1982 and the core of the collection was a gift from Edward R. Barnsley, a long time Newtown resident, collector and preservationist.

The Research Center & Barnsley Room of Newtown History is open to the public without charge on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and by appointment. Copying facilities are available. Research is also done by request. Download a copy of the Research Request Form.

HOURS

Newtown Historic Association Research Center
100 Mercer St
Newtown, PA 18940

Tuesdays 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Thursdays 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
And by Appointment

Upcoming Events

General Membership Meeting

October 21 @ 7:30 pm

Learn about the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds, Robin Robinson’s effort to preserve the history of Bucks County landowners. She will discuss the effort to restore the county’s deed books and more. Also see a sampling of some of the more than 400 deeds in the NHA archives.

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General Membership Meeting

November 18 @ 7:30 pm

Learn about Bucks County history from acclaimed local historian and columnist, Carl LaVo. His curiosity and knowledge about all things Bucks County are both informative and entertaining.

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Holiday Open House Tour

December 7 @ 10:00 am

On Saturday, December 7th, celebrate the beauty of the season with the Newtown Historic Association’s 57th holiday house tour.

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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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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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