Franklin Township is named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, who during the late 1760s and early 1770s owned land adjoining what is now the Village of Kemblesville; he took ownership, though an agent, of 200 acres to settle a Post Office debt. Like many other Chester County communities, Franklin Township's development is closely intertwined with the success of agriculture, the gradual construction and improvement of roadways, and more recently, suburban growth in Chester County and the Wilmington-Newark metropolitan area. Find documents and articles that detail the history and changing landscape of Franklin Township.
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