August 1, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Pocopson isn't just another one of those sleepy, historic, sprawling, thinly populated Chester County townships. It does have history, of course, and although the town wasn't established until 1848, 71 years after the Battle of Brandywine, the British did cross the west branch of the creek at Trimble's Ford, now a historic district shared by Pocopson and West Bradford. Pennsbury and East Marlborough - which also were linked to the battle, according to every historical record - "donated" land to form Pocopson Township.
July 4, 2016 |
John Murphy was in his doctor's office one late-November day in 2013, reading a newspaper "from cover to cover" to pass the time till his appointment. Murphy, a history buff interested in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, came across an application to participate in an auction for the Squire Cheyney Estate in Thornbury Township, Delaware County. In 1777, Thomas Cheyney, a Thornbury farmer, rode on horseback through the British lines and dodged musket balls to alert Gen. George Washington that the Redcoats were about to outflank his army at Brandywine Creek.
July 21, 2014 |
Along both branches of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Creek - in 24 hilly communities west of Philadelphia - about 37,000 acres have been marked off-limits to development. Part is public parkland; most is owned by private landowners who have given up development rights in exchange for lower property taxes and other incentives. The acreage covers nearly a quarter of the land in those communities, an area four times the size of Philadelphia's park system, including Fairmount Park . Is it enough?
March 31, 2014 |
There was no official signal to open trout-fishing season Saturday morning in Southeastern Pennsylvania - no starting gunshot or horn. But thousands of anglers across the region knew that 8 a.m. meant they could once again break out their tackle boxes and wet a line. So for dozens of fishers standing nearly shoulder-to-shoulder along the West Branch of Brandywine Creek near Coatesville - many had arrived before dawn to claim a spot on the banks - one fisher's first cast was as good a signal as any: lines soon after dunked into the creek, and the brook was open for business.
June 25, 2013 |
It was a low-tech week with high ideals. No cellphones, no showers, and the cuisine came freeze-dried. Still, 13 Chester County teens shunned modern conveniences in the name of a historic creek and an adventure meant to tap their inner environmentalists. "Because of technology, our generation doesn't know things about the world and how it runs," said Nijia Walls, 15, of Kennett Square. "We never have to do anything for ourselves. " For a week, the teens participated in a mostly do-it-yourself excursion along the Brandywine Creek.
November 15, 2012
The Williams Co. of Tulsa, Okla., received permission Wednesday from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to replace a portion of its existing Transco natural gas pipeline in East Brandywine and East Caln Townships, Chester County. The company will be allowed to to use an open-trench method to replace a 30-inch pipeline that crosses the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek and Ludwig's Run with a 42-inch pipeline. The permit addresses runoff and the effects of stream encroachment.
September 8, 2011 |
The morning flooding that closed roads is likely to get worse in some areas, as rivers keep rising, in some cases until Friday morning. That means some places might still have flooding Saturday. The Delaware River is the biggest worry, predicted to rise more than 11 feet above flood stage at Easton. Here's a list of overflowing rivers and when they should crest, according to the National Weather Service. SCHUYLKILL - At Philadelphia , should crest at 14 feet, 3 feet above flood stage, at 7 p.m. today.
August 28, 2011 |
Flashing flooding that prompted calls for water rescues overnight is expected to be followed by lasting flooding problems Sunday — and beyond. Boats were brought in overnight to try to get to people trapped by rising water in cars, homes and apartments in Upper Moreland, Abington, Willow Grove and other parts of Montgomery County, according to a dispatcher. As of 3 a.m., Chester Creek was already about eight feet over flood stage and still rising. McDade Boulevard in Darby was also underwater as Darby Creek overflowed.
June 11, 2009 |
In good weather, the Brandywine Creek in Chester County beckons scores of outdoors enthusiasts, who routinely dot the waterway with canoes, kayaks, and inner tubes. On Tuesday, two brothers would have been turned away if they had tried to rent kayaks: Heavy rain had churned up the usually slow-paced creek, creating a muddy, menacing environment that prompted rental businesses to suspend operations. Christopher Miller, 28, of Yonkers, N.Y., and the Rev. Chad Miller, 34, of Wilmington, never got to hear warnings from shop owners.
July 27, 2008 |
There is no natural feature that defines Chester County better than the Brandywine Creek. We know the Brandywine has inspired paintings and poems, songs and a love of nature in its local residents. But what do people really know about it? First of all, where does the name come from? Some say the Brandywine was named after an early settler named Brandt Wyn but nothing is known about him. Others say the river looks like the color of brandy wine. The waterway starts out as numerous streams trickling down from the Welsh Mountains in Honey Brook Township.