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

April 23
This year the weather cooperated spectacularly for our 14th annual Earth Day Event and we wish to thank the 90+ volunteers who made our day a success. Over 115 bags of trash were collected from roadsides, parks and stream banks.
April 14
The Township and friends are mourning the loss of long term supervisor Michael Rodgers. Mike presided over many accomplishments during his 19 years as supervisor. A letter to Township residents describes his many contributions.
The Official Minutes of the March 15, 2018 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
April 11
The Official Minutes of the March 13, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
April 10
The Agenda for the April 12, 2018 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
Protect your dog. All dogs 3 months of age or older are required by Pennsylvania law to have a current dog license. Failure to have your dog licensed may result in a fine of up to $300 (per dog). Information on acquiring a license for your pet is available from www.licenseyourdogpa.com.
Reminder — Earth Day Clean Up This Saturday. Coffee, donuts, and other refreshments will be available at the Township Office at 9:00 a.m., Saturday the 14th for those participating. The weather should be great and we welcome your help.
April 5
The Charlestown Historical Society will have a special presentation by Dr. Laura Sherrod of Kutztown University on her Ground-Penetrating Radar Survey of the Charlestown Presbyterian Cemetery on May 16th 7:00–9:00 p.m. in the Charlestown Elementary School Cafeteria.
April 4
A reminder that a Wildflower Walk has been planned for the Pickering Trail on April 29 at 1:00 pm. Meet at the Mill on Charlestown Road.
The Agenda for the April 10, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
A Public Hearing is scheduled for May 7 for conditional use approval to construct an accessory structure and driveway apron.
The Official Minutes of the March 5, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
March 28
There will be a Trail Walk on the Brightside Farm Trail on Saturday, June 2 at 10:00 am.
The Environmental Advisory Committee meeting schedule has been added to the 2018 Meeting Schedule.
The Revised Agenda for the April 2, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
March 14
State Representative Duane Milne is offering another Annual Shredding, Recycling and Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 14th, 9–noon at Penn State Great Valley. Paper, flags, electronics, clothing, drugs, and a variety of other items are included. Check the event flyer for inclusions and exclusions.
The Official Minutes of the February 13, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
March 13
The Agenda for the March 15, 2018 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
March 6
Some permit fees have changed as a result of Resolution 909-2018 adopted March 5th. Please update your records if applicable.
The Official Minutes of the February 5, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The Agenda for the March 13, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
February 27
The Agenda for the March 5, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
February 21
Some event dates have been updated in the Route 29 Sinkhole Remediation Project.
February 14
Charlestown Township seeks resident volunteers for the 13th Annual Earth Day Event Saturday, April 14, 2018. (Rain Date is the 21st.)
The Official Minutes of the January 9, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
February 13
Eagle Scout Tommy Brower researched and designed the Township’s tenth historical marker which notes the significance of the Valley Forge Military Hospital on the area.
February 12
The Route 29 Sinkhole Remediation Project has been updated with the current project schedule.
The Township Annual Report is now available for the year 2017.
February 7
CLOSINGS: We are departing from the county’s 2 hour delay and closing the office today. The next Parks and Recreation meeting, scheduled for next Thursday, February 15th is cancelled due to external conflicts.
February 6
Bids are now open for township Road Work, Tree Work, and Mowing.
A revised Historical Resources Map has been adopted as a result of a hearing on February 5th.
The Agenda for the February 13, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the January 2, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the January 2, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Reorganization Meeting.

Projects

Tenth Historical Marker Added

Eagle Scout Tommy Brower researched and designed the Township’s tenth historical marker which notes the significance of the Valley Forge Military Hospital on the area.

Valley Forge Hospital Marker
Adam Brower

Virtual Reality views of Charlestown Historical Sites

George Csete shares some unusual 360° views he has created of the Charlestown Mill and the Longwood School.

George L. Ceste
George L. Ceste

Gallery

Earth Day Cleanup

George L. Csete

With Great Sadness ...

It is with great sadness that the Board of Supervisors announces the passing of our long term member Michael J. Rodgers. Mike passed away on Saturday April 7, 2018 after a brief struggle with cancer at the age of 88. Mike & Fran were married for almost 63 years and had nine children, nineteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mike was born in South Philadelphia and graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then embarked on a long career in steam and nuclear engineering and was instrumental in the construction of many power facilities on the east coast. He was president of U.S. Tool & Die in Pittsburgh, PA which he sold in 1990.

Mike was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1999 and was in his 19th year of service to our township. During his tenure and with Mike’s support the Board of Supervisors increased the total acreage of preserved open space in the township to over 34%. Mike also represented the township as a member of the Valley Forge Sewer Authority Board for the last 19 years and currently served as President. He was also very involved in the Charlestown Historical Society, serving on their board for many years, and was a fixture at the polls every Election Day tabulating the ballots for voters.

The family has requested that gifts in Mike’s memory may be made to the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, 511 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460 for projects in Charlestown Township.

Mike will be remembered by the Board for his willingness to volunteer, his interest in watching over the health of the road and infrastructure and for pushing the Board to justify any and all expenditures. He will be missed.

Sincerly, your Supervisors

Read the full letter to residents.

Events

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Trail Walks
Historical

Snow Closings

The Township follows the County Schedule (www.ReadyChesco.org) for Office Closings due to inclement weather.

Volunteers Needed

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 Council

The Township is considering the creation of an Environmental Advisory Council (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

Recent Documents

Bids & RFPs

There are no bids open at this time.

Hearings

A Public Hearing is scheduled for May 7 at 7:00 p.m. for conditional use approval to construct an accessory structure and driveway apron.

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.

2018 Yard Waste Collection

Waste haulers have appointed dates for specific collections such as leaf and Christmas tree pickup.

Republic Services

  • Christmas Tree Collection: January 6
  • Yard Waste: 4/21, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8
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Area Road
Closings/
Openings
  • Construction to replace White Horse Road Bridge over Pickering Creek in Schuylkill Township will begin January 17, and is expected to be completed by April 2018. During the closure, White Horse Road will be shut down between Loramar Lane and Valley Park Road.
  • PennDOT is planning a multi-phase, two-year project to remediate the sinkhole problem on Route 29 between Yellow Springs Road and the Pennsylvania Turnpike slip ramp.
  • 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.


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