North Coventry Township boasts a rich history and a unique background relative to the rest of Chester County, as it was settled largely by families of German descent, writes Spencer Claypoole for the township.
Among the earliest landowners in the township were the families of Martin Urner and Thomas Millard. Urner founded the Coventry Church of the Brethren in 1724, the oldest church of that denomination in continuous use in the nation.
A milestone for North Coventry occurred in 1824 when the Schuylkill Navigation Company opened the Girard Reach of the Union Canal. The village that formed along the canal, known as Pottstown Landing, is on the National Register of Historic Districts.
Two buildings in the township are also associated with the Underground Railroad movement of the 1850s, the Jerome Titlow barn and the John Stubblebine farmhouse.
Made up of villages in the 19th century, North Coventry, by the 1900s, started to change the rural character along major roads. The township got its first high school in 1912, and then in 1964, PennDOT used sections of the canal for a major highway. Its modernization was cemented with the opening of its first mall in 1967.
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