Town­ships mark 300th An­niver­sary

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EAST NOTTIGHAM >> State Sen. Andy Din­ni­man, D-19, re­cently marked the 300th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of East and West Not­ting­ham Town­ships.

Din­ni­man met with mem­bers of the both the East and West Not­ting­ham Town­ship His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sions and their re­spec­tive boards of su­per­vi­sors in honor of the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion.

“Ch­ester County is home to a rich her­itage thanks to the many his­to­ri­ans and vol­un­teers who’ve worked to pre­serve it,” Din­ni­man said. “The story of East and West Not­ting­ham Town­ships is rooted in the creation of our Com­mon­wealth and can be traced to the spirit of in­de­pen­dence, bold self-reliance, and Quaker val­ues that con­tinue to guide us to­day.”

Din­ni­man also pre­sented both town­ships with spe­cial Sen­ate ci­ta­tions in recog­ni­tion of the mile­stone birth­day.

In 1701, “the Not­ting­ham Lotts,” later rec­og­nized as Not­ting­ham Town­ship, was founded by William Penn and ear­lier Quaker set­tlers. Thirty-seven lots were given as grants to fif­teen fam­i­lies.

In Novem­ber 1717, town­ship of­fi­cers voted to spit the town­ship be­tween East and West, based on the Penn sur­vey map of 1702. In 1718, the town­ship was of­fi­cially sep­a­rated.

How­ever, the area re­mained dis­puted ter­ri­tory be­tween Penn­syl­va­nia and Mary­land un­til 50 years later with the es­tab­lish­ment of the Ma­son-Dixon line. In 1768, the line was cre­ated, the dis­pute re­solved and both East and West Not­ting­ham of­fi­cially be­came part of the Com­mon­wealth of Penn­syl­va­nia.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

State Sen. Andy Din­ni­man with mem­bers of the West Not­ting­ham Town­ship His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion and Board of Su­per­vi­sors. Pic­tured from left to right, back row: Sue Lam­born of the His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion; Tif­fany Bell, Chair of the Board of Su­per­vi­sors; and Bill Wi­nand, Vice Chair of the Board of Su­per­vi­sors; front row: Dot­tie Freese and Lois Hor­ton of the His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion; Angie Thomp­son-Lobb, Sec­re­tary/Trea­surer of the His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion; and Din­ni­man.

FRAN MAYE FMAYE@21ST-CEN­TU­RY­MEDIA.COM

State Sen. Andy Din­ni­man with mem­bers of the East Not­ting­ham Town­ship His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion. Pic­tured from left are: Din­ni­man, Aperna Sher­man, Karen Olivieri, Ralph Den­linger, and David John­son.

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