NEWTOWN BOROUGH, PA — The historic Temperance House in the heart of Newtown will celebrate its 250th anniversary on Monday, Dec. 5.
And Proprietress Kathy Buczek invites the patrons and friends to join her at 6 p.m. in raising a pint in celebration of the milestone.
Although some historians believe there may have been a tavern at the location 50 years earlier, Andrew and Nancy McMinn built the first part of the Temperance House at 5 South State Street, circa 1772, according to the Newtown Historic Association.
Part of the building was used as a tavern and another section as a schoolhouse, where Andrew McMinn taught school. McMinn became a well-known figure in Newtown, and later served as a sergeant in Capt. Henry Van Horn’s militia company during the Revolutionary War.
General Francis Murray and Jolly and Mercy Yardley Longshore ran the inn during post-Revolutionary days. Innkeeper William R. Hallowell renamed the hostelry, “The Temperance Hotel,” in 1848. The inn later became known as “The Niagara Temperance House” under proprietor Joseph Willard, complementing Edward Hicks’ sign depicting a moose standing by Niagara Falls.
Samuel Willard later named it, “The Temperance Hotel Oyster and Ice Cream Bar.” The name was reduced by common usage over the years to simply “The Temperance House” and then to “The Temp”.
Today, the Temperance House is a full service restaurant, bar, hotel, meeting place and an historic icon in the downtown business district.
Proprietress Kathy Buczek, who has owned and operated The Temp for the past six years, has made a special effort to ensure that The Temperance House retains its historic charm, grace, elegance and where hospitality is paramount.
Renovations are currently ongoing at the property, which will transform the bar area into The Tap and Barrel, create a fine dining restaurant in the front room and establish a small speakeasy between the bar area and the hotel.
Buczek invites her friends and patrons to join her in raising a pint on Monday, December 5 beginning at 6 p.m. to mark the historic milestone.