Celebrating The History of Two Welsh Townships
Rare pictorial map of Easttown and Tredyffrin Townships, drawn by local artist Franklin Wandless.
The map celebrates the early history of the two townships, with the map centered on Berwyn on the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad on the western edge of suburban Philadelphia.
Easttown and Tredyffrin Townships are located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and have a rich history dating back to the early days of the American colonies. Initially part of the land set aside in 1684 by William Penn for Welsh settlers, these townships were part of the so-called Welsh Tract, a large expanse of land promised by William Penn to a group of Welsh Quaker settlers in which they would be able to speak and conduct business in the Welsh language.
While the areas would quickly become part of Chester County and not the autonomous entity envisaged by early settlere, it left its mark in the many Welsh place names, such as the Berwyn in Easttown and adjacent Tredyffrin Township.
The map is apparently very rare.
We note an example in the Pennsylvania State Archives and a copy referenced in the Historical Map of Easttown & Tredyffrin Townships as having been gifted by the local history club to the Easttown Library & Information Center in March 2004.
No copies noted in OCLC or elsewhere.