Welcome to
  Charlestown Township!

Our township is about 25 miles west of Philadelphia and very close to Valley Forge National Historical Park. It is rich in the history of Pennsylvania. The township is about 12.515 square miles (8,010 acres) in area.


Latest News

September 16
On Sunday afternoon, October 13, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Charlestown United Methodist Church and Charlestown Township are co-sponsoring the Charlestown Heritage Art Show, displaying works from past and present Charlestown area visual artists.
September 12
The Official Minutes of the August 14, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
September 11
French & Pickering Trust will give an evening lecture on the Spotted Lanternfly on September 19 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
The Official Minutes of the August 13, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the August 5, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
September 10
The Agenda for the September 10, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting. The location has been moved to the GVMS library.
August 30
The Township has found a candidate for the Assistant Secretary position.
August 28
The Environmental Advisory Committee wil present The Environment and Our Health by Veda Maany, MD on Monday, September 23 from 7 pm to 8 pm at the Charlestown Playhouse.
August 26
The Agenda for the September, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. Note it’s on Tuesday because of Labor Day and returns to the Middle School Location.
August 19
The decision on the Subdivision Plan of Donald and Elizabeth Andersen has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the July 18, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the May 8, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
August 14
The Agenda for the August 15, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the June 11, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting. (There was no July meeting.)
August 9
The Township is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Township Secretary/ Administrative Assistant.
August 7
The Agenda for the August 13, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the July 1, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
August 5
The bridge over the Pigeon Run Creek on Yellow Springs Road approaching Foster Road will be closed intermittently this week for PennDOT to perform mortar repairs.
July 30
Photos of the Pickering Trail improvements from July 26th.
The Agenda for the August 5, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The Summer 2019 Newsletter is now online.
July 16
Tonight's (July 16) HARB meeting has been cancelled. Next meeting is scheduled for September 17.
The Agenda for the July 18, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
The Malarkey Brothers concert has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 25. Same time and place - 7 to 9 pm at Wisner-Rapp House, headquarters of Charlestown Historical Society located at 3032 Yellow Springs Road (near Yellow Springs Road and Hollow Road), Malvern, PA. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy an evening of Irish music and Celtic Folk Rock
Dan Malloy Paving Co. will be resurfacing several township roads between July 24th and August 7th including: Howell Road, Union Hill Road – third section to complete the project, Southwest Avenue – in Charlestown Park Township Line Road off Coldstream Road.
The Official Minutes of the June 20, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
July 12
The Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) would like to recognize businesses in Charlestown that make efforts to reduce, reuse, refuse, use high energy efficiency methods, and install green infrastructure. Read more about this project and download the nomination form at Green Business Award.
July 11
The Malarkey Brothers Concert for tonight has been canceled due to expected continued rain. If the Historical Society is able to reschedule the concert, we’ll post it here.
July 2
The Planning Commission meeting for July 9th has been cancelled. The next meeting will be August 13.
The Official Minutes of the June 3, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
June 25
The Agenda for the July 1, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
June 24
The Official Minutes of the May 16, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
June 20
6:12 p.m.: The Historical Society concert at Brightside Farm is on for this evening!
The Zoning Hearing Board decision on the Application of Janet Rubino, No. 01-2019 has been posted.
June 19
The Charlestown Historical Society is sponsoring a FREE CONCERT being held at the Wisner-Rapp House (located on Yellow Springs Road between Hollow and Valley Hill Roads) on Thursday, June 20 between 7 and 9 pm featuring a James Taylor Tribute Band. Bring your lawn chairs and beach blankets. The weather might be a problem — check back for updates.
June 18
Minor adjustments were made at the Planning Commission meeting June 11th to the Clean Energy Resolution.
The Agenda for the June 20, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
June 12
Due to renovations planned at the Middle School, all Township meetings from June 17 – August 31 have been relocated to the Great Valley High School.
The Official Minutes of the May 14, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
June 4
The Board of Supervisors invites you to comment on their draft Clean Energy Resolution, which will be considered for adoption at the July 1, 2019 meeting. If you would like to offer any comments, please email them to Township Manager Linda Csete at manager@charlestown.pa.us.
The Agenda for the June 11, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the May 6, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
May 29
The Agenda for the June 3, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
May 28
The Chester County Agricultural Development Council has just released its new 2019 Local Farm Products Guide. The guide is available in English and Spanish.
May 20
The Official Minutes of the April 10, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
May 16
Public Bids are being accepted until 11:00 a.m. May 31 for the sale of the former Auchincloss property.
The Official Minutes of the April 9, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
May 14
The Agenda for the May 16, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the April 18, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
May 9
The Public Hearing for Application of Janet Rubino for a variance to increase the area of a nonconforming dwelling. May 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
May 8
The Revised 2019 Budget is now online.
The conditional use decision on the Application of Donald and Elizabeth Andersen has been posted.
May 7
The Agenda for the May 8, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
The Agenda for the May 14, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the April 1, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The Chester County Commissioners announced results of a study, Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County, during an Open Space Summit on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Lenfest Center at ChesLen Preserve in Newlin Township. The study—and its accompanying video—highlight the valuable economic, environmental, and public health benefits that open space preservation has provided to Chester County for the past three decades. Learn more about the study and view the video: chescoplanning.org/openspace/roe.cfm.

Projects

3D Scans of Charlestown Mill

George Csete is a professional engineer from West Chester who specializes in 3D laser scanning. George has provided images of his scans of the Charlestown Mill captured in 2013 and 2018. These revealing scans now appear on our Mill page in the Historical section.

Gallery

Pickering Trail Improvements

Events

Let’s Talk About... the Spotted Lanternfly

The Environment and Our Health

Yoga in the Park

Charlestown Heritage Day Art Show

Adelphia Gateway Project

Adelphia Gateway Project Township Outreach

If you have received any notices from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as a landowner regarding the Adelphia Gateway Project or as a Charlestown resident you have concerns or questions related to this pipeline project, please contact the Township’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC):

Pete Goodman at peteg@bee.net or (610) 655-5020 or

Veda Maany at vmaanymd@yahoo.com or (917) 566-1904.

The EAC is working with the Township to obtain answers for resident questions, and to consolidate and transmit their concerns on this project to FERC.

Update — February 5 — The township has responded to the FERC regarding the Adelphia Assessment. The letter is available here.

Volunteers Needed

Docent

Trail Maintenance

The time is now! Mile-a-minute vine is up and growing! It’s along all of our trails including behind our gardens at Brightside.

Please don your gloves and long sleeves, bring a couple of big black trash bags and go to the gardens or your favorite trail; and PULL! Stuff the vines in your bags and put them out with your trash. If you need to, leave the bags at the bottom of my drive, Hana Lane, 4th drive off of Hollow on block between Charlestown and Route 29.

Best pulling on Pickering Creek Trail is on the end closest to Charlestown Road, between the little dam and the little bridge — or on the shore near the creek near the bridge leading from Pickering Dam Road entrance.

Best pulling on Pickering Dam Trail is from the Pickering Dam Road entrance right around the corner, when you are paralleling the Creek. From Route 29, go either way where the trail forks – it is everywhere!

At Brightside, there are vines covering the rocks between the gardens and the hayfields — and gardeners! Watch for it in the gardens! It is also to be found along the mown path that leads from the gardens by the house, down the hill and up toward the new paved trail.

The next two weeks are our window of opportunity – before the vines flower and berry!

Parks & Recreation Board

The Township is seeking two volunteers to serve on the Parks & Recreation Board beginning January 1st. The Board consists of seven members who serve 5 year terms.

The Parks and Recreation Board advises the Board of Supervisors on matters of recreational policy and the development and maintenance of parks and trails in the Township, including the 44 acre Charlestown Park on Township Line Road, Brightside Farm Park, the future Jenkins Park on Valley Hill Road, the Pickering Trail between Charlestown Road and Route 29, and other recreational and open space throughout the Township.

Parks & Rec meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month in the Choral Room at the Great Valley Middle School.

If you are interested in joining this active and involved group, please submit a letter of interest to Charlestown Township, P.O. Box 507, Devault, PA 19432 or email: admin1@charlestown.pa.us.

Historic Commission/Historical Architectural Review Board

Due to a recent vacancy, the Township is seeking a volunteer to serve on its combined Historic Commission/HARB. The group consists of seven or more members who are appointed to five-year terms by the Board of Supervisors. While some members serve at-large, this particular vacancy is for a resident who is a licensed real estate broker.

The Commission meets on the 3rd Tuesday every other month (Jan-Mar-May-Jul-Sept-Nov) at 4:00 p.m. at the Guidance Office at the Great Valley Middle School.

If you are interested in the preservation and protection of the many historically significant structures located in Charlestown Township, please submit a letter of interest to Charlestown Township, P.O. Box 507, Devault, PA 19432 or email admin1@charlestown.pa.us.

Environmental Advisory Committee

The Township has created an Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) to provide advice and research to our municipal officials on a range of environmental issues.

We are seeking interested persons with backgrounds relevant to environmental science and best practices who would consider serving on a pilot trial of an environmental advisory group.

To learn more or to apply, see our Environmental Advisory Council page.

Meeting Agendas

  • Board of Supervisors: September 3
  • Planning Commission: September 10
  • Parks & Recreation: August 15
  • Environmental Advisory Council (EAC): July meeting cancelled.
    Next meeting: August 14.

Recent Documents

Bids & RFPs

There are no bids open at this time.

Hearings

There are no hearings scheduled at this time.

Decisions

The decision on the Subdivision Plan of Donald and Elizabeth Andersen has been posted.

Tips

Don’t get duped by unscrupulous solicitors. Here are some guidelines to avoid problems.

Dividing a property? Our new Sketch Plan Fact Sheet will point you in the right direction.

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Closings/
Openings
  • The bridge over the Pigeon Run Creek on Yellow Springs Road approaching Foster Road will be closed intermittently the week starting August 5 for PennDOT to perform mortar repairs.
  • Road Hazard? Visit the new PennDOT District 6 interactive Customer Care Center or call the Chester County Maintenance office at (484) 340-3200.
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike Milepost 312-319 – Total Reconstruction and Widening Project website.

The Chester County Planning Commission has released its June 2018 Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Study.

Click on FINAL_Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Study_June 2018.pdf when the file list is displayed to download a copy from the Chesco FTP Website.



New for 2019...

Chester County
Local Farm Products Guide

In English and Español


PA Dept of Agriculture

The Spotted Lanternfly is becoming an increasing environmental threat to the area. Learn to identify this pest and destroy its eggs when possible. For more information, visit Penn State Extention on the topic or the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.


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