Reamstown, Pennsylvania

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Reamstown is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,498 at the 2000 census.



Reamstown is located at 40°12′43″N 76°7′3″W / 40.21194°N 76.1175°W / 40.21194; -76.1175 (40.212046, -76.117587)[1]. The town was named after Eberhard Ream (Johann Eberhardt Riehm 1687–1779), whose son, Tobias Ream, founded it in the 1740s. It was originally known as "Zoar" according to a local highway marker.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 50 square miles (5.9 km²), all of it land.


Following the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777 Reamstown served as one of a number of field hospitals for the wounded. A dozen or more of these troops died here and are buried in unmarked graves in the Salem Evangelical Cemetery. The cemetery is also home to a large boulder that once served as a mortar and pestle for the Indians who lived on nearby Ephrata Mountain. It was transported to Reamstown by Pierce Lesher and today a plaque on the stone details both the Native American and military history.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,498 people, 1,161 households, and 897 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,542.0 people per square mile (595.0/km²). There were 1,194 housing units at an average density of 526.3/sq mi (203.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.23% White, 0.31% African American, 0.26% Native American, 2.23% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.92% of the population.

There were 1,161 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.9% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.25.

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