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Newtown in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Half-Moon Inn

Newtown Heritage Walk No. 1

 
 
Half-Moon Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
1. Half-Moon Inn Marker
Inscription.
The Half-Moon Inn (popularly known as the Court Inn) is located at 101-103 Court Street. The south portion of the Inn was the original one and one-half story frame cottage of Margaret and Joseph Thornton built in 1733 and later used as a tavern. The Inn was a popular gathering place during court sessions when Newtown was the County Seat; hence, the name "Court Inn."

In the 1890s, the local telephone company purchased the building and subdivided it into two separate units. The Newtown Historic Association was the recipient of the north portion of the property in 1964 as a gift from the LaRue family. The Newtown Historic Association purchased the south residence in 1974 and restored it in 1982. After the restoration, the two doors connecting the two properties were re-opened to turn it back into one building. The Half-Moon Inn has served as the headquarters of the Newtown Historic Association since 1964 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn is one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Newtown.

Next door, the Thornton/Hicks House was initially constructed in 1782 by Margaret Thornton as a 2 1/2 story stone residence with a brick front facing Court Street. After her death in 1790, the property was purchased by Abraham Chapman, a prominent attorney of the time, and then was sold to the famed
Court Inn 1733 [Marker] image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
2. Court Inn 1733 [Marker]
Given to
Newtown Historic Ass'n Inc.
by
Robert L. LaRue
Restored
in His Memory
By His Wife Ruth
1965
Bucks County primitive painter, Edward Hicks in 1811, where he lived until 1821 when he moved to the stone house on Penn Street. The Thornton/Hicks House is owned by the Newtown Historic Association.

Directly across the street is the Boone Garden. This 2,100 square foot parcel was donated to the Newtown Historic Association from the late Grace R. "Missy" Boone in 1972 for the enjoyment of the community.
 
Erected 2007 by the Newtown Historic Association.
 
Location. 40° 13.669′ N, 74° 56.171′ W. Marker is in Newtown, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Street and Centre Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Court Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101-103 Court Street, Newtown PA 18940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Justices House (within shouting distance of this marker); Newtown - County Seat (within shouting distance of this marker); Loyalist Raid of 1778 (within shouting distance of this marker); February 9, 1778 (within shouting distance of this marker); The First National Bank (within shouting distance
Half-Moon Inn and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
3. Half-Moon Inn and Marker
of this marker); Bird in Hand (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitehall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); White Hall (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Newtown.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Newtown Heritage Walk. (Submitted on June 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Edward Hicks Bio. (Submitted on June 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Half-Moon Inn Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
4. Half-Moon Inn Photo on Marker
[Caption reads] View of the Half-Moon Inn, 1897.
Half-Moon Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
5. Half-Moon Inn Marker
[Caption reads] View of the south portion of the Half-Moon Inn, 1905.
Half-Moon Inn image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
6. Half-Moon Inn
Half-Moon Inn Sign on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
7. Half-Moon Inn Sign on Marker
Half-Moon Inn Oven image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
8. Half-Moon Inn Oven
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 798 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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