In 1681, William Penn planned the “first inland town west of Philadelphia” at the intersection of Goshen Road and Newtown Street Road. The Township was laid out around a center square, or “townstead” of approximately one square mile surrounded by farmland. Today, Newtown is considered a second class township with a land area of 10.11 square miles, and a population of about 17,000 individuals. Some farms and large estates remain, but for the most part, the Township was developed into a suburban community with old stone homes and structures dotting the landscape to serve as reminders of days gone by.
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