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History in the Borough of Rutledge, PA

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This article is presented by the personal injury attorneys in Rutledge, PA at Justice Guardians who would like to share the fascinating history of the borough.

The borough of Rutledge is located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Just ten miles from Philadelphia, Rutledge is found near Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad. The borough is west of Swarthmore College and just three miles away from the stunning Delaware River. The borough belongs to Wallingford-Swarthmore district and is home to one of the finest schools in the county. With proud owners of neat and attractive homes, Rutledge is a fantastic area to raise a family.


The charming community of Rutledge was founded in 1885 by a group of Philadelphia businessmen, and incorporated as a borough in 1887. While there has been some moderation and a few name changes since the 1800s, the borough still holds stunning historic homes dating back to the late 19th century.

According to the founders' brochure, the town was named after a then-popular romantic novel written in the 1860s. However, the borough was once a section of land belonging to the estate of Edward Rutledge, who served as Representative from South Carolina at the Constitutional Convention of July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia.

However, the borough's story may not be so simple. Within the quaint 0.14 square miles that make up Rutledge, there is a long-standing legend that the borough was named after Ann Rutledge, beloved by Abraham Lincoln. This story is sustained in the Keystone Marker which greets those approaching Rutledge from the south on Morton Avenue.

The mysterious origins of the borough's name is not the only peculiar story found within the borderlines of Rutledge. In 1958, George Raymond, an American civil rights leader and president of the NAACP Chester branch, purchased a home in Rutledge. However, the night before he was to move in, a fire burned down the house. Following the fire, the township attempted to exercise eminent domain and claim Raymond's property as a site for a new town hall. Raymond then threatened legal action and the township backed down. The house was rebuilt and Raymond took residence in the house in 1959.


The borough of Rutledge hosts approximately 799 residents as of 2019 and a racial makeup of 91.7% White, 2.9% African American, 3.1% Asian, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.
As of the 2010 U.S. census, the approximate median income for a household in the borough was $80,972USD, and the median income for a family was around $90,333USD. Males held a median income of $46,500 versus a $33,281USD female income. The per capita income for the borough was $51,800USD. At the time, about 4.1% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line.

Committees and Services

Rutledge is a well-respected and well-preserved area in Pennsylvania. The borough’s active committees and services work to uphold the Rutledge name and splendid community. Some of the active committees include:

  • The Rutledge Activities Committee organizes annual events, including the Christmas Tree Lighting, Luminary Lighting, and the 4th of July Parade and accompanying games and activities.
  • The Rutledge Borough Communications Committee maintains the website, Facebook page, and publishes the printed and emailed newsletters for the borough.
  • The Morton Rutledge Fire Company, located at 38 Alfa Terrace, Morton, PA 19070. To which Chris Reiff is the Fire Chief and Tom Moleski is the Rutledge Borough Fire Marshall.
  • The Planning Commission Team, which holds meetings every 3rd Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Borough Hall.

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David Petrone
Date Published: May 1, 2021
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