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Charlestown Farms and Gardens, Past and Present
The Charlestown Historical Society will hold its first fall meeting at the Elementary School on Wednesday October 15 from 7-9 pm. (Note new start time of 7 PM) The topic of this meeting focuses on the agricultural heritage of our township. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. Please park in the school lot near the bus garage and enter the school at Door #5. Follow signs to the cafeteria for the meeting.
Update on CHS 2014 Patrons' Dinner
The 2014 Charlestown Historical Society's Patrons' Dinner will be held Saturday, September 20 from 5:30-9 PM at the Gill Farm, on the corner of Foster Road and Green Lane Road. The dinner, including salmon, beef, chicken and vegetarian fare, will be catered by Aquilante's. A six-piece country and western band will play with square-dancing before dinner. After dinner there will be a presentation to the community members being honored, followed by folk dancing in the barn. The price is $55 per person or $100 per couple. This is CHS's main fundraiser, and we greatly appreciate your attendance and a donation. Invitations have been mailed to CHS members. All others are welcome. Have questions or wish to request an invitation? Call 610-827-7530 or email
Butterflies at Brightside   (from Sue Staas & Esther Underhill)
The weather forecast looks wonderful. This Sunday, August 10 at 1 PM, bring your butterfly books, and your flower books, and your bird books, and your binoculars! We'll park by the gardens, and start in the gardens - where the butterflies are definitely fluttering. And then we'll walk the Brightside trail. Hope to see many of you there. (Brightside Farm is on Yellow Springs Road opposite the Valley Hill Road intersection.)
Are You Missing a Cat?  (from Alix Coleman)
A male cat grey tabby with white has been at Brightside Farm for several days. Call Alix Coleman 610-827-1577 or Sarah Acosta at Brightside Farm 267-432-3615 if he is yours.
CHS Announces the 2014 Patrons' Dinner
The 2014 Charlestown Historical Society's Patrons' Dinner will be held Saturday, September 20 from 5:30-9 PM at the Gill Farm, on the corner of Foster Road and Green Lane Road. After dinner there will be a presentation to the community members being honored, followed by folk dancing in the barn. The price is $55 per person or $100 per couple. This is CHS's main fundraiser, and we greatly appreciate your attendance and a donation. Invitations will be mailed to CHS members soon. All others are welcome. More specifics will be posted soon. Have Questions? Call 610-827-7530. Non-members can call this number or email to request an invitation.
CUMC Announces their 2014 Silent Auction
Charlestown United Methodist Church on Church Road in the Village has announced this year's Silent Auction to benefit students at the Flandreau Indian School, which the church has been supporting for over 30 years. Items will be displayed at the church and may be bid on from 12-1 PM on Sunday September 28 and October 05. The final day of bidding is October 12th from 12-1:30 and the winners will be announced as soon as bidding closes on that date. Complete information on this event, including the Flandreau Indian School, how and when to bid, how to donate items for the auction, and directions to the church are available on this site at
CV-Grange-Map"Remembering Charlestown" June 6, 2014
The Charlestown Historical Society will be having it's second spring meeting from 7-9 PM this coming Wednesday. NOTE this meeting will be at the Chester Valley Grange, just down the hill from the usual meeting location at Charlestown Elementary School. The Grange (see map) is just south of the PA Turnpike bridge over Phoenixville Pike, on the northwest side of the road. For the program, long-time residents of the township will share there remembrances about living in Charlestown Township in earlier days. Old photographs of township scenes will be displayed. There will be a short business meeting and light refreshmentss will be served. All are welcome to attend.
Peacock Sightings (from Ellen Behrle)
A peacock has been seen on the property behind 25 Valley Beach Ln. which is a private lane off of Valley Hill Road about mile from Bodine Rd. He has been seen over the past several days.
Eagle Sighting?
Eagle at CT ParkOver the years there have been bald eagle sightings in or nearby Charlestown Township. I recall reports of sightings near Creek Road and at the Charlestown Park. In June 2008 I posted Bob Schafer's photo shown here, taken from Charlestown Park. I live near Brightside Farm and have some of our grown children visiting us. Our son-in-law recently said he saw a bald eagle circling the farm's fields near our house. A few days later, I also saw a bald eagle circling near our house. At first I thought it was a turkey buzzard, but then noted it had a white head and the under-side of the tail was also white. It also seemed to be a little bit smaller than the turkey buzzards often seen in our area. Has anyone else recently seen a bald eagle in our area?
Open House for PA Turnpike Widening Plan  (from
As most residents know, the PA Turnpike will be widened to 6 lanes between the Devault Slip Ramp and the Downingtown interchange. The Turnpike Commission is holding an "Open House Plans Display" at the GV Middle School from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on May 8 at which the commission will explain the various ways you may be affected by the expansion. Click here for more information (pdf).
Devault Trail Feasibility Study  (from
If you have ever walked (or biked) the Chester Valley Trail between Exton and Rt. 29 and beyond, you already know how wonderful a paved trail located over an old railroad bed can be. Consideration is now being given to creating a similar trail using the old railroad bed between Devault and Phoenxiville. Residents can learn about the potential project at a May 12 Public Meeting at 7:30 in the cafeteria of the GV Middle School. Click here for more information (pdf).
Rapp House Spring Work-Party - The annual spring work-party to give Charlestown Historical Society's historic property on Yellow Springs Rd a "spring cleaning" will be Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10 to 1. Lunch will be provided. Come and enjoy part of your day with other CHS members and enjoy volunteering at a truly fascinating, historic property. If you have any questions, contact society president Barbara DeWilde by clicking here.
Upcoming Charlestown Trails Events (from Sue Staas)
This list is a combination of fun walks and fun work days. Unfortunately - or fortunately - it is hard to have one without the other! Questions, comments? Call/Email: Sue Staas or Esther Underhill.
  • Pickering Trail Bird Walk: Sunday, May 4 at 8 AM. Meet at the Mill on Charlestown Road. Bring your binoculars, bird book and your flower book. Questions? Email Lisa Tull (
  • Brightside Trail Bird Walk: Sunday May 25 at 8 AM. Meet at the Gardens, near the house. Bring your binoculars, bird book and your flower book. Questions? Email Lisa Tull.
  • Brightside and Pickering Trail Mile a Minute Vine day, Saturday, June 14, 9:30 to Noon. Meet at the Gardens at Brightside or at the Mill on Charlestown Road at 9. Wear Long sleeves, pants and gloves.
  • Trail Walk on the McDevitt Trail: Saturday, June 21, 9:30 AM. Meet at the Longwood School Parking Area, corner of Valley Hill Rd and Bodine Rd.
  • Brightside and Pickering Trail Mile a Minute Vine day, Saturday, July 26, 9:30 to Noon. Meet at the Gardens at Brightside or at the Mill on Charlestown Road. Wear Long sleeves, pants and gloves.
  • Brightside Butterfly Walk, Sunday August 10 at 1 PM. Meet at the Gardens near the house. Bring your binoculars, and butterfly book. Wear sunscreen!
  • Vine Day: Brightside and Pickering Trail: Sunday, August 31, 9:30 - Noon. Wear Long sleeves, pants and gloves.
Charlestown Playhouse Consignment Sale March 29 - April 5
The Charlestown Sale is a multi-family consignment sale held for the benefit of Charlestown Playhouse, a non-profit parent-cooperative play-based preschool and accredited kindergarten. The Sale is held twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall, and is organized and run by a committee of volunteers with the help of parents from the school. This spring sale is held at the Kimberton Firehouse. All workers at the Sale are volunteers. See for more info, including how to consign goods for sale and specific sale dates. Starts 3/29 and runs through 4/5.
New Charlestown Historical Society Website!
The Charlestown Historical Society (CHS) has a new website at The site features information on upcoming events, a blog about CHS events and other information, photo gallery, automatic email announcements, and more. (Additional information about CHS and its publications is available on this site at
Support the East Whiteland Fire Company's New Firehouse
The East Whiteland Fire Company, responsible for fire and ambulance service for a large portion of Charlestown Township, is raising money for the construction of a much needed new firehouse near the intersection of Rt. 401 (Conestoga Rd) and Mill Lane. Click here for more information on the need for a new firehouse and a link for contributing funds for the project.
Charlestown Day 2014 - Save the Date!
The Charlestown Township Parks and Recreation announces Charlestown Day 2014 to be held from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday October 4th, 2014 at Charlestown Park. The community will enjoy many vendors selling their wares, local non-profit organizations, music, food and Kid Zone activities and demonstrations. There will be lots of fall events including bouncy houses, pony rides, petting zoo, hay rides and lots more! The day will feature a 5k run/walk around our beautiful township, a 1 mile Fun run/walk through Charlestown Park, and a Kids' Dash. For more information check out

I am working on bringing this "citizens' website" that I started in 1997 up to date.

I can no longer send a single email to almost 250 subscribers to this web site ( Therefore, I have implemented a commercial mailing list service, "Constant Contact". Update notices will be very similar to the previous ones, but with a slightly different appearance. To subscribe for updates, click here.

Several changes and updates have been made to this site in an effort to make it more current, and in one instance, less expensive to operate -

1. The original search engine (expensive) has been replaced by an implementation of Google's search engine (free) that only searches this site. Click "Search this site" in the left menu column.

2. The "Charlestown Organizations" and the "Neighborhood Links" pages have been updated, including the removal of many broken links. I have a number of other pages to be checked in the near future.

3. I have added "Bricks 4 Kids" to our "Kids Stuff" page and have started (but not completed) checking all of the links on the page.

4. Looking ahead, every effort will be made to be more responsive to materials submitted for possible posting.

5. This is a privately run web site for current and past residents of Charlestown Township. This site was started in 1997 by a resident (me) who funds the site and posts information to it. This site accepts no commercial advertising.

6. Remember, this is NOT Charlestown Township's official web site. That site at was started by the township in late 2009, at which time all of the official township information (agendas, minutes, ordinances, etc.) that had been posted on this site was moved from this site to the new official township site. The official township site is linked from the top of the left menu column on this site's pages. If you follow this site then you should also follow the official site. You can subscribe to that site as well and will receive an email whenever the official site is updated (agendas, meeting minutes, announcements and other news of interest to residents).

Jacob Wisner and his Wife Invite
the Charlestown Community to an Open House

Sunday, December 8 from 2-4 the Wisner-Rapp House will be open for the community to have a tour of the house, enjoy an art show and have some refreshments. "Jacob Wisner" and his "wife" will greet you in the living room of the Wisner-Rapp House which is at 3032 Yellow Springs Road in Charlestown (between Hollow and Valley Hill Roads).
The Charlestown Historical Society welcomes all to its historic home and will have the new 2014 Scenes of Charlestown Calendars, the new Charlestown Note Cards, and the 316 page hardbound Historical Sketches of Charlestown Township book for sale. Paul Hogan will have a hand made walnut coffee table on display and for sale.
The Great Valley Nature Center will be at the open house and offer their evergreen Christmas wreaths and wreaths to be enjoyed by the birds. Both kinds of wreaths will be for sale.
Please call Barbara DeWilde, President of the Charlestown Historical Society, at 610-827-7530 or Margaret Ricker at the Nature Center at 610-935-9777 if you have any questions.

2014 Scenes of Charlestown Calendar Now Available
2014_Calendar_Images The seventh annual calendar of photos and paintings of scenes of our township is now available from the Charlestown Historical Society. Each month's image is accompanied by background information. These calendars make great gifts for township residents and are saved by many for their beautiful images and local information.
This year's calendar includes three paintings by students at Charlestown Elementary School, one of which is September's main image. Another new type of image is a photo essay about a female fox and her families of kits from 2011 and 2012.
More information on the 2014 calendar is available here. The calendar may be purchased at the December 8 Open House at the Wisner-Rapp House (see entry above) and are also available at the Township Office over the Devault Post Office. Calendars are also available using the order form here. Calendars cost $12 if picked up in person and $14 if mailed to you.

Scenes of Charlestown Note Cards Now Available
Note_Cards_Promo The Charlestown Historical Society is introducing a new way of sharing the beauty and enchantment of our township. CHS has created packs of 10 folded note cards, available in two sizes. Each pack has the same 10 different images of our township (see example at left). All seasons are represented. The card sizes are 5x7" and 4x5.5". These cards are great for your personal use and as gifts to others. Each pack of ten 5x7" cards costs $10 while each pack of 4x5.5" cards costs $8. More information on these cards is available here. These cards are available at CHS events (such as the open house announced above) and using the order form available here.
Valley Hill Rd. Turnpike Bridge is Open
The new Valley Hill Road Turnpike Bridge opened today. The Yellow Springs Road bridge replacement project is to begin in late 2014 or early 2015.
Valley Hill Rd. Turnpike Bridge Progress (Photos)
For those interested in the closure on Valley Hill Road, here are some photos taken 09/30/13. An employee at the scene said they are still expecting to have it completed by November 1, 2013. Note below that most of the rebar is in place for pouring concrete for the sides and roadbed.
The west side of the new bridge.
Looking northeast from the south side of the bridge.
Lost Dogs! (From Elizabeth Andersen, Eastwick Rd.)
Our two dogs, Jake, red Golden Retriever and Pippa, small, black and white Border Collie ran away from our house today. If found, please contact us at
CHS First Fall Meeting
The Charlestown Historical Society's first fall meeting will be held Wednesday night, October 2nd at the Charlestown Elementary School's cafeteria. This will be our yearly business meeting, and all regular members and board members are strongly encouraged to attend. We will be dealing with work on the Markley property and CHS elections, among other topics. Light refreshments will be served. Please park in the school lot near the bus garage and enter the school at Door #5. Follow signs to the cafeteria for the meeting.
You're Invited to the CHS 2013 Patrons Dinner  (Download Invitation Here)
On Saturday, September 21 at 5:30 PM, the Charlestown Historical Society celebrates 40 years of working to preserve the history of our beautiful township and honors long time Charlestown resident and community servant John Martin. The celebration will take place at "Marshall's Half Hill Farm" on Charlestown Rd., the home of Executive Chef Paul and Julie Marshall. An invitation with return reservation card has been mailed to all CHS members. However, anyone may attend and all are welcome. Complete information with background on Chef Marshall, parking info and the last page of which is a response-card to be mailed to the Society by September 14th, is available here.

Upcoming Trail Workdays
Two work days scheduled to remove invasives at Brightside Farm
Mile-a-Minute vine has taken over in several areas of the farm. Although it is an annual and will die back with frost, it is a prolific seeder. We'd like to eliminate as many seeds as possible. There are briars and poison ivy in the hedgerows, Mile-a-Minute has small thorns, and we will be in the sun. A brimmed hat, water, sunscreen, gloves, long pants and long sleeves are recommended.
Hope you can join us one of these days. (Note corrected dates from original posting.)
     Friday September 20, 9:00 to 11:30
     Saturday September 21, 9:00 to 11:30
If you have any questions please e-mail:
Esther Underhill,, or Sue Staas,
Free Community Shred Event
Protect yourself from identify theft by shredding confidential, unwanted documents at this FREE community shred event on Saturday morning October 19 at CAT Pickering at 1580 Charlestown Road, Phoenixville. More information is available on the official township web site by clicking here.
The date of the Charlestown Historical Society's 2013 Patrons' Dinner has been changed from September 14, 2013 to September 21. Note that this is a change from the date published in an article in the Charlestown Township Newsletter recently mailed to all township residents. More information on the Patrons' Dinner will be posted soon.
Sample Official Ballots for Tomorrow's Election
(Links to the county's offical sample ballot pages.)
  • For the Democratic Ballot, click here.
  • For the Republican Ballot, click here.
Go to or click here for a great deal of information about the many activities in store for you on June 1, 2013 at Charlestown Community Day. This new page includes links to the updated one-page flyer and narrated bus tour map as well as more detailed information regarding events at Charlestown Township Park and events throughout the township at other venues.
Charlestown Community Day - Saturday, June 1, 2013
The Charlestown Historical Society, Charlestown Township Parks and Recreation Committee and the Charlestown Township Trails Committee are hosting Charlestown Community Day on Saturday, June 1. At Charlestown Township Park there will be live music, games, pony rides, food vendors and other activities. Narrated Bus Tours will depart from and return to Charlestown Township Park with over a dozen tour stops throughout the Township. At some of the stops you may get off the bus and tour the site, and get back on a later bus to continue your tour. Complete details are available in a two page flyer (below) available by clicking here and here.
Upcoming Trail Walks - The Trail Committee has planned three trail walks to bring you an enjoyable time meeting new people and acquainting, or re-acquainting, yourself with our beautiful township. For questions, you can reach Esther Underhill at 610-827-7776,; , cell for day of event 484-716-9036 .
1) Sunday, April 2, 2013, 8:00 AM, Bird Walk, McDevitt Trail -
This walk begins early in the day when the birds are most active. A birder will accompany us, so bring binoculars if you have them. Park at the Longwood School, on the corner of Valley Hill and Bodine Roads. Its a small lot so park with others in mind. (Note: Valley Hill Road is currently closed at the turnpike bridge between Green Lane Road and Bodine Road.)
2) Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:00 AM, Bird Walk, Pickering Trail
We should see lots of birds and spring flowers as we walk this creekside trail. A birder will accompany us, so bring binoculars if you have them. Well meet at the Charlestown Woolen Mill on the West side of Charlestown Road, where the road crosses Pickering Creek (#11 on the map).
3) Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m., Trail Walk, McDevitt Trail -
(See first map above.) We will have a knowledgeable plant person with us to help identify early spring flowers. We may also see a bird or two. Park at the Longwood School, on the corner of Valley Hill and Bodine Roads. Its a small lot so park with others in mind. (Note: Valley Hill Road is currently closed at the turnpike bridge between Green Lane Road and Bodine Road.)
Lost Dogs - Trooper and Buster are back home. Workers let out our dogs today. They were last seen at the farm at 401/Newcomen headed east on 03-01-13 at approx 1:30 pm. "Trooper" (white with collar) & "Buster". Dogs are friendly family pets, up to date on shots, and chipped.
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