Newtown Hardware has been in continuous operation from the same location (pictured here) in the heart of Newtown, PA since its establishment in 1869. No matter where you grew up, for those of us old enough to remember, our wooden floors and 19th century store fixtures will evoke memories of family outings to the local hardware store. Sadly, over 98% of these iconic stores have disappeared forever from the American retail landscape. Only a very few survive today. Newtown Hardware is one of these survivors.
We offer knowledgeable staff and an amazingly wide variety of products and services packed tightly and efficiently into two levels and 5,000 square feet of retail and light industrial space. Come visit us and experience retail hardware the way it used to be. And while you’re here enjoy historic State Street in Newtown Borough. Nestled in the heart of Bucks County PA, our town features many fine shops and eateries. We look forward to seeing you soon!
We do things the old school way at Newtown Hardware:
• Every customer is greeted at the door and offered personal assistance.
• We still do the things that few others will anymore – make keys, repair screens, cut glass and re-glaze windows, rewire lamps and light fixtures, re-upholster furniture, and much more.
• Do you dread wandering the aisles of sterile Big Box retailers – searching in vain for someone, anyone, who knows what he’s doing? At Newtown Hardware we carry a broad selection of hand tools, paint & supplies, fasteners, plumbing and electrical supplies, seasonal lawn and garden products and unique housewares – all easy to find and arranged conveniently in a quaint retail setting. Need help? A knowledgeable sales person is only steps away!
The Newtown Hardware House was built in 1869 by Cyrus Hillborn and Harrison C. Worstall at 106-108 South State Street. 108 South State Street was a hardware store operated by Hillborn and Worstall, and 106 South State Street was a dry goods store operated by George E. Dolton. Mr. Dolton sold his side to George H. McMaster in 1908. When McMaster died in 1927, both sides of the store were taken over by H.C. Worstall, and later bought out by John J. Burns. When Burns died in 1955, Robert M. Davis bought the business and operated it until 1985, when it was taken over by C. David Callahan. In 2012, C. David Callahan sold the business to William Newell of Newtown and remained on as a part-time employee.
The Newtown Hardware House was destroyed by fire on March 4, 1899. The fire was one of the worst in Newtown's history. It is thought burglars set the building on fire. The building was rebuilt to the exact specifications of the original building and was reopened by Christmas of the same year and is still in operation. Today, when looking at the rear wall, lower left (Northern) portion of the structure, a distinct brick line exists that outlines surviving brickwork dating before 1899. The Newtown Hardware House has been in continuous operation since 1869, which ranks as the longest tenure for any single business in Newtown.