William Penn laid out the "Townstead" plot three years prior to the township's incorporation in 1684. The original settlers, being mostly Welshmen, were members of the Society of Friends, or Quakers. First purchasers of land in the township were entitled to a certain number of acres in the Townstead, or "newvillage" as it was sometimes called -- thus providing the name of the township. From a few scattered dwellings and farms in the pre-Revolutionary days, Newtown Township has slowly emerged as a modern, high-level socio-economic suburban community with a viable population of some 15,000 individuals.
Newtown Square is a blend of old and new. Shopping areas such as St. Albans Shopping Center and the Newtown Square shopping center stand in stark contrast to buildings such as the 1742 Square Tavern that sits at Route 252 and Goshen Road.
Numerous other historic buildings - many on the Historic Register - are located in the area and are maintained by the Newtown Square Historical Preservation Society and/or private owners and serve as reminders of the rich heritage of this community.
There are a wide variety of parks, recreation areas and activities for residents to take advantage of. Swamp Road Park features 30.8 acres with a more than a half dozen athletic fields, basketball courts, a walking trail and playgrounds. Chandler Fields Carl Sedia Park features three Little League fields, picnic area and an exercise trail on 11.4 acres.
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