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Discover the Historical Town of Embreeville, PA

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The unincorporated community of Embreeville is situated in the Township of Newlin in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Brandywine Creek flows through the neighborhood. The town is home to the Star Gazers' Stone which Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon used to survey the Mason-Dixon Line only 15 miles to the town's south. Neighboring communities include Willowdale, Romansville, Marshallton, and Woodville. 


The Historic District comprises two parts, a milling complex on the west side of the river and the village of "Old Embreeville" on the east side. The milling complex features four main buildings, which originated during the 18th century. A 1756 deed mentions many mills along 6 acres, including:

  • a message
  • a corn or grist mill 
  • a sawmill

By 1769, there were over 100 acres of land and only two tenements. In 1771, James Trimble bought the mill and remained its owner for 15 years. After this, the mill was bought and sold frequently throughout the 19th century. Several proofs of sale provide a picture of its years of growth and change.

In 1856 Thomas G. Smedley sold the 146-acre property, which included:

  • a new stone house
  • a stone tenant house
  • a mill with two runs of burrs
  • outbuildings, such as a barn, wagon house, etc.
  • a sawmill

A notice of sale dated 1860 described the area as having a stone tenant, a new stone house, and various outbuildings are described at length. The sawmill was made of stone and frame. A Howd's patent iron wheel drove the machinery. The three-story gristmill was made of stone and frame, using french burrs, and had a corn breaker, smut machine, two bolting chests, and two elevators, all driven by a pair of Tyler's patent iron wheels.

In 1876 Robert G. Smith purchased the mill along with 29 acres. Around this time, the town, then known as "New Embreeville," began to develop. Three houses, a store, two warehouses, and a depot were built. In 1879 the area was also referred to as the North Ward and Old Embreeville, the South Ward.

Historical Landmarks

Aside from the historical mill that is situated along the West Branch Brandywine Creek, the historic district is made up of 12 buildings. They surround the Philadelphia - West Chester KOA Holiday located on Embreeville Road. These historical buildings include:

  • a farmhouse
  • a country store
  • a storekeeper's house
  • a blacksmith's house
  • a wheelwright's house and store
  • a mansion built in 1856


Households within the community are predominantly wealthy, making it among the country's 15% highest income neighborhoods. Some of the working residents are employed in the following professions: 

  • 45.9% executive, management, and professional occupations
  • 25.5% sales and service jobs
  • 14.7% manufacturing and laborer occupations
  • 11.2% clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations

94.4% of households speak English, and 3.9% speak Spanish as their first language. Some of the ancestries found within the community include:

  • Irish (24.8%)
  • German (18.3%)
  • English (17.0%)
  • Italian (12.7%)
  • Polish (6.1%)

Keep reading: Getting to Know the History of the Township of Pocopson, PA 

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David Petrone
Date Published: November 17, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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