Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Exeter Township is a township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was about 25,000 in 2005. Daniel Boone Homestead is within its borders. Betsy King, the famous female golfer, grew up here. This formerly rural township is now made up of mostly sprawl-oriented developments along Route 422(Perkiomen Avenue) and Route 562 (St. Lawerence Avenue/Boyertown Pike). Its school district also contains the adjacent borough of Saint Lawrence. It is the most populous township in the entire county (although Spring Township isn't far behind).

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 24.6 square miles (63.7 km²), of which, 24.4 square miles (63.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.77%) is water.

Adjacent townships and boroughs

Attractions

Exeter township is a thriving place with many places being built, such as a new shopping center;Exeter Commons, and two new gyms;Gold's Gym, and Vahalla.

History

The name Exeter derives from the town of Exeter in Devon, England. Numerous other places have also been given the name Exeter.

Origin

The year 1701 is believed to be the year that Berks County was first settled. Swedes, relocating from the Philadelphia and Delaware River areas, settled in what is now Amity Township. In 1712, Isaac DeTurk moved from Esopus, New York to Oley and began a settlement there. It was a mix of French Hugenots, Germans Quakers and Swiss. In 1740, they petitioned Philadelphia County for Oley to become its own Township. Exeter Township was founded December 7, 1741. Previously considered part of Oley Township, the area's residents petitioned Philadelphia County to become a separate Township six months after the establishment of Oley. The petitioners were: James Boone, Benjamin Boone, John Boone, Squire Boone, John Hughes, William Hughes, Francis Yarnell, Peter Yarnell, Michael Warren, Peter Huyett, Peter Higo, Ezekiel Mathias, Roger Rogers, Joseph Brown, Jacob Vetter, and Ellis Hughes. These petitioners represent our Quaker background, and mostly resided in the area around the Quaker Meetinghouse and the Monocacy and Limekiln creeks. The actual name of the Township, "Exeter", is generally credited to the George Boone family. That family was from a town called Bradninch, England, just outside the town of Exeter. Many similarities still exist between the two cities, among them being the geography, soil type, and proximity to a town called St. Lawrence.

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