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History in Thornton, PA

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The article is presented by the car accident attorneys in Thornton, PA, at Justice Guardians who would like to share some fascinating history about the area.

Thornton is an unincorporated community spanning Thornbury Township, Concord Township, and Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 8,028, up from 7,093 at the 2000 census.


In colonial times, Thornton was known as "Yellow House," which served as a tavern, post office, general store, grocery, textile factory, and a hair salon. The Yellow House opened as an inn and tavern around 1750; the same name knew the surrounding village until it changed to Thornton. John King established the Thornton Post Office in the Yellow House in 1829. The office was one of the first in its county not located on a post road. Today, the Thornton Post Office is considered the oldest U.S. post office in its original building.

The Thornton community contains the Thornton Village Historic District, which includes buildings dating from 1750 to 1855. The national historic district is located at the crossroads village of Thornton at the intersection of Glen Mills and Thornton Roads. The Thornton Village district includes 13 buildings built between 1750 - 1855, some in the Federal style. The majority of the buildings face Glen Mills Road.

The commonly known structures are the Yellow House, one commercial building, seven residences, a converted blacksmith shop, a converted barn, three stables or carriage houses, and two frame sheds.  Other historic buildings in the historic district include the Issac Pyle House, Caleb Hoopes House, Blacksmith House, Beebe House, and William D. Pennell House. In 2006, the historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Across the 9.27 square miles that make up Thornton, PA, resides a population of 8,028, estimating a population density of 830.45 people per square mile. With healthy family and household sizes, it is no surprise that the median income for a household in the township was $82,441, well beyond the national U.S. median household income at $68,703USD. During the time, the median income for a family was $91,179 in Thornton, with males holding a median income of $65,671 and females having $36,750. In 2010, the per capita income for the township was $21,987USD. Approximately 0.9% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line.

The racial diversity of the Thornton township is 72.4% White, 20.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.1% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

Places of Interest With Historical Significance

Rachel Kohl Library

  • The Rachel Kohl Community Library exists today at 687 Smithbridge Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342, primarily because of the efforts of one remarkable woman. Rachel Kohl saw a need in the community and dedicated herself o the task of starting a library in western Delaware County. In 1950, Rachel Kohl and her family moved to Concord, a rural area with a small elementary school and no library. By early 1979, Kohl gathered volunteers to fill a small, vacant closet at the Concord Elementary School and the Community Township Library, as it became officially opened for business. By 1981, the library joined the newly formed Delaware County Library System. Later, the library expanded from the original three communities of Concord, Bethel, and Chester Heights to include Chadds Ford and Thornbury.

PA Veterans Museum

  • The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the legacy and dignity of all veterans of the United States military. The organization and museum’s primary focus is to tell the stories of America’s conflicts through the eyes of those who served in them. The organization aims to ensure that current and future generations understand the true nature of war and recognize the sacrifices made in the name of freedom and security. The historic site can be found at 12 East State Street Media, PA 19063.

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David Petrone
Date Published: May 21, 2021
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