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Early history noted

Published August 09. 2013 05:03PM

Norman Burger, chairman of the Chestnuthill Township's 250th anniversary committee, said since the tea was presented by the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society, he was providing some of the history.

Pennsylvania was begun when William Penn received land given to his father in payment of a debt owed by the king. Penn made a treaty with the Lenape Indians for the land that was to become the three counties of Bucks, Philadelphia and Montgomery. Missionaries visited the area north of the Blue Mountain.

In the 1750s a European war spread to the English colonies and was known as The French and Indian War.

The Walking Purchase was expected to cede land to the settlers as far north as Easton but by hiring professional walkers the northern point of the walk became Mauch Chunk from which point the line to the east was drawn on a Northeastern line rather than directly east. It led to dissatisfaction on the part of the Indians.

A petition in the 1760s requested a township and that is what the anniversary celebration is about. The oldest known document, the appointment of Abraham Schmidt as a constable, is the only date positively known for the township. That was September 1763.

The other three townships of the Pleasant Valley School District were cut out of the large original Chestnut Hill.

A book is being published and will be on sale at the September 7 anniversary celebration at the West End Fairgrounds.

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