East Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania

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East Whiteland Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 9,333 at the 2000 census.



Founded in 1704, Whiteland Township was made up of what is today known as East and West Whiteland townships. The first European settlers were Welsh. The name Whiteland came from Whitford Garden in Flintshire, Wales.[1] Whiteland Township was divided into two townships in 1765.

Native Americans called the area "The Dark Valley" because of the numerous trees and undergrowth. During the American Revolution, Gen. George Washington and many of his troops camped at Malin Hall here. They were preparing for a September 16, 1777, encounter with British General William Howe. The Continental Army also camped near White Horse Inn on Swedesford Road. Because of bad weather, however, the "Battle of the Clouds" was never fought.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 11.0 square miles (28.6 km²), of which, 11.0 square miles (28.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.27%) is water. East Whiteland Township is located about 25 miles from Philadelphia.

The township has a ridge of hills along its northern and southern boundaries. These constitute the valley walls of the Great Valley, which runs generally west to east toward the Schuylkill River. In the center of the township, there is a somewhat uneven valley floor. The Great Valley contains a number of streams, including the Valley Creek, a watershed, and the Little Valley Creek, which is a narrow stream that goes across land and woodlands.[1]

Prominent transportation routes

The former main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad, currently owned and operated by Amtrak and also used by SEPTA, whose Paoli/Thorndale Line regional rail service passes through, though no stations are located in the township.


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