History of Franklin Township

Histories

A Concise History of Franklin Township

     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.

View Document

How Two Deadbeats Helped Name Franklin Township, or Did Ben Franklin Seize Your House and Farm?

Historians largely agree that the township is named for Ben Franklin, but they don't agree on how much land Franklin might have owned in what is now Franklin Township, and don't make it clear where that land really was: Was the land in the part of New London Township that became Franklin Township? Did Ben Franklin visit his land, or the area generally?

VIEW DOCUMENT

The History and Changing Landscape of Franklin Township

Officially created in 1852, Franklin Township was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, who during the late 1760s and early 1770s owned land adjoining what is now the Village of Kemblesville. 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.

View document

SNAPSHOT HISTORIES

10-Interesting-Facts-About-Franklins-Past (pdf)

Download

Alexander-Family (pdf)

Download

Elbow-Lane (pdf)

Download

Franklins-Mills (pdf)

Download

Franklins-Oldest-Remaining-House (pdf)

Download

Franklin-Twp-Historical-Resource-Survey (pdf)

Download

GKemble-House (pdf)

Download

Life-on-the-Ford-Farm (pdf)

Download

Mail-Order-Houses (pdf)

Download

Mason-Dixon-Line (pdf)

Download

Mt-Olivet-School-and-Church (pdf)

Download

One-Room-Schoolhouses (pdf)

Download