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

Boyd-Yardley House

Newtown Heritage Walk No. 17

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 28, 2010
1. Boyd-Yardley House Marker
Inscription.
This building sits on land that was on the edge of the Newtown Common next to the original townstead land of Christopher Taylor. This property was originally purchased in 1796 by James Boyd “Minister of the Gospel” of the Presbyterian Church for five shillings and the promise to pay yearly rent to the Trustees of the Newtown Commons. In addition to owning several properties in the area, Boyd was an important figure in the history of the church and Newtown. Serving as minister of the Presbyterian Church from 1769-1814, Boyd was well liked and respected. One of his first tasks was to build the new church on Sycamore Street. James Boyd was also committed to education and he was a founder, and for many years a teacher, at the Bucks County Academy and an original trustee of Dickinson College.

Boyd sold Lots 50 & 51 to brothers Joshua and Amos Yardley in about 1808 for $1 and the payment of back rent. Tax records indicate that the Yardley brothers were living in Newtown in 1807 and it is possible they on the property before they actually purchased it. Since 1742, this Yardley family had owned and farmed a large tract of land in Newtown Township near the Lower Makefield border. After the American Revolution, there was a movement in the country away from the farms and into towns, either because town life was seen as more
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 28, 2010
2. Boyd-Yardley House and Marker
attractive or because the land was worn out by over farming. This family seems to be typical of that trend. All of the children moved to the same block in Newtown and took up trades. Amos was a cooper, Enos and Joshua were carpenters and their sister Sarah married Isaac Reeder a harness maker.

The oldest section of the building was probably built in about 1808 by Amos Yardley and it is one of the earlier structures built on the Common. The structure was built in several sections with six winding staircases and eventually became two residences. In 1886, Michael Mann, a German immigrant and stone mason, purchased the property and members of the Mann and Keller families lived in the house until 1958. In 2003, the private residence was converted by the Tyrols into office space.
 
Erected 2007 by Newtown Historical Association and Tyrol Insurance.
 
Location. 40° 14.048′ N, 74° 56.254′ W. Marker is in Newtown, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is on Sycamore Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is about 200 feet south of Silo Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 223 N. Sycamore Street, Newtown PA 18940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brooks House (within shouting distance of this
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 28, 2010
3. Boyd-Yardley House and Marker
marker); Goodnoe Farm & Dairy Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); Randall Double House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Durham Road Toll House (about 600 feet away); William Penn's New Town (about 600 feet away); Old Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elinor Slack Campbell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Newtown Common & Creek (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newtown.
 
Also see . . .  Rev. James Boyd. (Submitted on March 4, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 28, 2010
4. Boyd-Yardley House Photo on Marker
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 28, 2010
5. Boyd-Yardley House Photo on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 3, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 4, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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