The Westtown Township Historical Commission (HC) was created in March, 2013, and consists of seven residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors. (Township Code section 170-2400) The purpose of the Historical Commission is to foster a community appreciation of the rich and varied history of the Township. This includes educating residents about lands, buildings, and sites of historic, architectural, archaeological, or cultural significance and the people who worked, farmed, and lived in Westtown Township.
The Historical Commission meets at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to the public.
There are no events scheduled at this time.
WESTTOWN DAY – October 8, 2023
Our annual community gathering featured something for everyone – carnival games, petting zoo, historical re-enactors, emergency service vehicles, bounce castle, archaeological dig box for kids, self-guided tours of the Oakbourne Mansion, face painting, food trucks, live music by The Quixote Project, and local exhibitors and vendors.
Thank you to our sponsors: Univest Bank, Carroll Engineering, The Westtown School, WSFS Bank, Cedarville Engineering, and Swope Lees Commercial Real Estate.
Congratulations to Mary and Craig Harleyvetch who were awarded the 2023 Good Stewardship plaque for the restoration and preservation of their home at 203 Oakbourne Road.
Updated Westtown History Book is available now – HERE
Westtown Township is not large in area compared to other municipalities in Chester County, but it has a history that is rich beyond its size. From the Lenni Lenape to William Penn, the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Brandywine, to fox hunting, transportation arteries, industry, farming, mining, and interesting people – Westtown’s story spans 335 colorful years. As a group of passionate history buffs, the Westtown Township Historical commissioners realized we needed to put our research down on paper. Using a wonderful 59-page history published in 1973 by township resident Arthur James as its foundation, the commission added and added and added more facts as we learned them. While the 275-page history we present here will continue to be updated, we wanted to share it with you hoping you will enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed researching it. Hardcopies are available at the Westtown Township building at our printing cost of $30 each.
The Historical Commission invites those who lived or worked in Westtown prior to 1960 to share stories, photographs, anecdotes, and remembrances of life in our community more than fifty years ago. These will be shared and stored in the Township archives to further educate present and future residents on the Township’s rich and diverse past. If you have any information you would like to share regarding any aspect of Westtown’s history or have any comments on this history please contact us at email@example.com.
Historic Resources Map
The Westtown Township Historical Commission maintains the Township Historic Resources Map that identifies locations and classifications of historic resources in the Township. The list of resources was vetted by an independent professional architectural historian, and unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors.
The purpose of the map is to:
- Officially recognize various properties as a Historic Resource.
- Further the mission and purpose of the Historical Commission by increasing public awareness of the historic resources present throughout Westtown.
- Require a thirty (30) day Historical Commission review period from the submission of a building permit application for exterior alterations and/or demolition. This gives the Historical Commission an opportunity to request permission to document and/or photograph the property prior to the start of construction and/or demolition. If the owner of a historic resource declines such access, it will not affect the issuance of the building permit.
Brandywine Battlefield Heritage Interpretation Plan
Westtown Township is participating in the Brandywine Battlefield Heritage Interpretation Plan, a multi-municipal plan to help interpret the Battle of Brandywine across seven communities and two counties. The project will focus on advancing the implementation of three new heritage centers and a network of smaller scale sites within the eastern portion of the Battlefield. Together, this network of historic places will help tell the story of the Battle of Brandywine and highlight the unique heritage of local communities. The project team includes planners and experts from the Brandywine Conservancy and Miller Designworks. Funding provided in part by the Chester County Planning Commission Vision Partnership Program. Participating communities include: Birmingham Township, East Bradford Township, Westtown Township, Thornbury Township, Chadds Ford Township, Pennsbury Township, and Kennett Township.
The final draft of the plan has been published! Click here to view the plan and learn more about this exciting effort:
Historic Subdivisions and Neighborhoods
The Township has worked with Brandywine Conservancy to develop a map of historic neighborhoods for community’s interest. The map depicts subdivisions’ given names and boundaries as appeared on the approved and recorded land development plans.