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Getting to Know the History of the Township of Pocopson, PA

The personal injury attorneys in Pocopson, PA, at Justice Guardians have shared the following details on the historic town and its many landmarks.


The township of Pocopson is situated in the southern region of Chester County in the state of Pennsylvania. The town covers 5,376 acres, of which 89.6 acres are water, such as the Brandywine Creek that flows along its eastern edge. Communities that share a border or are close to the township include Marshallton, Embreeville, Willowdale, and Birmingham. 

Early History

The area was once referred to as Kennet Township, but the township was formed in 1849. Its name came from the Native Indian word, Pocaupsing, meaning roaring waters. The area consisted of four Indian villages. Two were on the Brandywine River, one north of the current Route 926 and the other northeast of Route 52. The third was closer to the town of Marshallton, while the fourth was just over the border in Newlin Township. Many Native Americans were part of the tribe that occupied the greater territory for thousands of years. They were referred to as the Lenape Tribe, meaning ordinary people. A typical village would consist of 50 to 200 natives that lived in round or oval structures.

In 1616, the Dutch became the first Europeans to settle in the area. The English came in around 163, soon followed by the Swedes in 1638 and the Finns in 1640. It was not until 1882 that the Welsh-Quakers began to move into the area. By the late 1600s, the English Quakers and the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians dominated the region.

Historical Landmarks

There are two historic districts within the township, Trimbleville Historic District and Northbrook Historic District.

The town is home to the historic Wilkinson House, located on Route 842. The two-story house was built in 1884 and constructed with German siding in a Rural Gothic architectural style. 

Another historical landmark is the Lenape Bridge, located near Pennsylvania Route 52. The stone arch bridge was built between 1911 and 1912. It stretched for 308 feet and was constructed of random stones. 

Neighborhood Highlights

The township offers its residents two main dining options, including:

  • Northbrook MarketPlace
  • Lenape Pizza

Visitors can explore the wonders of the historical creek by booking a kayaking tour with Northbrook Canoe Co, located on Beagle Road. Others can enjoy the outdoors by walking the walking trail along Shaw's Bridge Park. 


In 2000, 3,350 residents resided in 859 households and made up 716 families within the township. The diversity of the community  included the following:

  • 81.6% non-Hispanic White
  • 8.4% Black or African American
  • 0.3% Native American
  • 4.3% Asian
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 1.6% two or more races
  • 4.4% Hispanic or Latino

Follow along for more fun facts: Discover the Historical Town of Embreeville, PA

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David Petrone
Date Published: November 23, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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