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

Newtown Library Company

Newtown Heritage Walk No. 2

 
 
Newtown Library Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
1. Newtown Library Company Marker
Inscription.
The third home of the Newtown Library Company is located at 114 East Centre Avenue at the corner of Centre Avenue and Congress Street. The Newtown Library Company was founded in 1760 and it is the third oldest private library in Pennsylvania. Originally, the collection of books was kept at the homes of the various librarians from 1760 until after the County Seat was removed to Doylestown in 1813.

The collections were housed in the old Court House until 1824, when the first library building was constructed. In 1883, a new, larger building was constructed at what is now 11 Centre Avenue (top photo). In 1912, the Library Company dedicated the present building at 114 East Centre Avenue (bottom photo). Expansion in 1979 provided additional stack rooms, a children's area, librarian workspace and handicap ramps. In 2004, the Library was renovated and expanded once again to meet the needs of the growing community.
 
Erected 2007 by the Newtown Library Company and Newtown Heritage Association.
 
Location. 40° 13.662′ N, 74° 56.076′ W. Marker is in Newtown, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is at the intersection of Centre Avenue and Congress Street, on the right when traveling east on Centre
Newtown Library Co. & Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
2. Newtown Library Co. & Marker
Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 E. Centre Avenue, Newtown PA 18940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Newtown and Vicinity World War I Honor Roll (a few steps from this marker); Half-Moon Inn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward Hicks (about 400 feet away); Edward Hicks House (about 400 feet away); Justices House (about 600 feet away); Newtown - County Seat (about 600 feet away); February 9, 1778 (about 600 feet away); Loyalist Raid of 1778 (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newtown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Newtown Heritage Association. (Submitted on June 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Newtown Library Company History. (Submitted on June 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Newtown Library Co. Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
3. Newtown Library Co. Photo on Marker
[Caption reads] View of the second site of the Library, circa 1890. This was located at 11 East Centre Avenue.
Newtown Library Co. Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
4. Newtown Library Co. Photo on Marker
[Caption reads] View of the third home of the Library, circa 1915, at 114 East Centre Avenue.
Newtown Library Company image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
5. Newtown Library Company
World War I Honor Roll in left foreground.
Newtown Library Co. Sign on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
6. Newtown Library Co. Sign on Marker
[Caption reads] Original library sign painted in 1825 by Edward Hicks.
Newtown Library Company Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
7. Newtown Library Company Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 598 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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