Newtown was the second seat of Bucks County, serving in that role from 1726 until 1813. The town's handsome square plan recalls Philadelphia in its rigorous grid but lacks the secondary public squares. After the Revolution, the village streets were renamed for William Penn, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other American heroes. Newtown is one of the best preserved of eastern Pennsylvania's small towns, in large measure because government left for Doylestown. State Street is an unalloyed delight with eighteenth-century brownstone buildings showing the same careful stonework as the Presbyterian church ( BU23) and with a mix of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century buildings. Court Street, a block to the east, has a superb row of brick and stone houses and Newtown Friends Meetinghouse ( BU24). Washington Avenue is dotted with handsome Victorian houses.
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