Newtown - County Seat

Newtown - County Seat (HMLO7)

Location: Newtown, PA 18940 Bucks County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 13.687', W 74° 56.206'

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Newtown Heritage Walk No. 32

The buildings at 35 South State Street are situated on the tract of land on which the three main public buildings in Newtown were erected in 1726 when Newtown became the County Seat (Jail Keeper's House & Records Office, Jail, Court House). The original jail was found to be too small for the growing criminality of the county, naturally arising from the wild conditions of a backwoods community of the time. In 1745, another larger jail was erected on this site. Some of the original brownstone walls that enclosed the cells of the jail (building at far left in sketch) were reused to build the wall that can be seen surrounding the buildings currently on this site (see wall in photo below).

About thirty years after the County Seat was removed from Newtown to Doylestown in 1813, the home at 35 South State Street and part of the old courthouse property were purchased at auction by Maurice P. Linton and later by Daniel C. Heilig. This land included the "Old Office Building" that was presumably the only remaining evidence of the original County buildings. Between 1873 and 1884, Daniel B. Heilig renovated this property and also constructed a number of stores that are located between 27 and 33 South State Street.
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HM NumberHMLO7
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Year Placed2007
Placed ByNewtown Business & Professional Association and Newtown Heritage Association
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 5:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 505379 N 4453078
Decimal Degrees40.22811667, -74.93676667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 13.687', W 74° 56.206'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 13' 41.22" N, 74° 56' 12.36" W
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Area Code(s)215, 267
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 31-99 S State St, Newtown PA 18940, US
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