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A History of Chester Heights, PA

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The personal injury attorneys in Chester Heights, PA, sponsor this article to offer readers a detailed excerpt about the neighborhood.

Chester Heights is a charming borough in Deleware County, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood spans 2.22 square miles and hosts an approximate population of 2,531 with a population density of 1,238.48 per square mile. The area belongs to ZIP code 19017 and area codes 610 and 484.


The history of Chester Heights begins before the grants of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania when the Swedes found rich soil favorable for farming not too far from the Deleware River.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Chester Heights belonged to Aston Township, incorporated in 1688; however, at the time, the land didn't have the village aspects it does today.

The railroad development was monumental for the area and made its first run-through on Christmas Day in 1833. Following the railroad began the construction of homes, and soon enough, a concentration of houses developed.

Soon following, automobiles spread throughout the United States, and subsequently, a settlement of homes developed along the oldest road in the area.

The road is now known as Valleybrook Road, which was once known as the "Logtown Road" - the earliest route from Chester settlement to the interior. The road is especially known for its abrupt curves at the southern end.

In 1852 the cornerstone of St. Thomas the Apostle Church was demolished and replaced with a Roman Catholic congregation. Prior to the relocation, the congregation had been meeting on the property of the Willcox family since 1728.

The congregation still exists today and is associated with a modern church, parochial school and residences.

In 1872, an association of Methodists purchased a farm in Aston, incorporating as the Chester Heights Camp-Meeting Associations. The association still meets each July for religious retreats.

By 1945, the borough of Chester Heights was officially incorporated.

Chester Heights still is home to some of the area's original homes that date back to 1720 and earlier. Many of the homes still standing were established by 1777 and represent a historically valuable span of 18th century to Victorian architecture.

Historic Sites

With such rich history, it shouldn't be a shock to anyone that Chester Heights is home to some historical places. Of which include,

The Chester Heights Camp Meeting Historic District

  • The Methodist Camp meeting and historic district include 101 contributing buildings designed in the vernacular camp meeting style of architecture. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 8, 2001.

Chamberlain-Pennell House

  • Also known as Hill of Skye, the home was built around 1722 and modernized in the 19th century. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 27, 1977.


  • Also known as the John and Sarah Lundgren House was originally built in 1799. The home is a vernacular Federal-era dwelling with a Georgian plan and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

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Date Published: June 3, 2021
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