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Newtown History Center (The Tavern)

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The Tavern
1819, John Cockerel; later additions. 5408 Main St.

This, the oldest brick house in town, was constructed by Cockerel for John Pitman. The two-story, Flemish bond brick, gable-roofed Federal building acquired a one-story front porch with Tuscan columns and turned balusters in the twentieth century. The slate-covered gabled roof is pierced by interior-end brick chimneys. The building's prominent location at the intersection of the Valley Pike and Fairfax Street made it a handy stop for travelers making their way along these roads. Around 1830, Andrew Jackson gave a political speech from the original one-bay front porch. The building now serves as a visitors' center, house museum, and office for the Stone House Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to local history and historic preservation.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Anne Carter Lee

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