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 (www.charlestown.org). 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 The original search engine (expensive) has been replaced by an implementation of Google's search engine (free) that only searches this site.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 http://www.charlestown.pa.us 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Free Community Shred Event
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, email@example.com, or Sue Staas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
MANY UPDATES ON CHARLESTOWN COMMUNITY DAY -
Go to http://www.charlestown.org/communityday 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, email@example.com; , 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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