Delaware County, presently consisting of over 184 square miles divided into forty-nine municipalities is the oldest settled section of Pennsylvania. The first major settlement occurred under Swedish rule by Governor Johan Printz who in 1643 established the first court, school, church and governmental offices on Tinicum Island. Equitable treatment of the Lenni Lenape Indians helped the European settlements to thrive and both races continued to farm on the banks of the Delaware.
The Delaware River Settlements after a brief period fell under the jurisdiction of England’s Duke of York. Twenty years later in 1681, King Charles II granted rights for a proprietary colony to William Penn which led to the founding of the Province of Pennsylvania under Penn’s control. The city where Penn first landed during 1682 in Pennsylvania is home of the oldest public building in the United States, The Old Chester Court House in Chester.
In Chester, the General Assembly of Pennsylvania met with Penn and on December 7, 1682 the Assembly adopted Penn’s ” Great Law of Pennsylvania.” The document granted the right to vote, citizenship, freedom of religion and trial by jury to all settlers. William Penn had implemented a form of government which established Pennsylvania as a haven for the oppressed of all nations, emphasizing religious freedom, fair treatment of Indians and minorities with a democratic government. Major developments had began. Early settlements were at Marcus Hook, Upland/Chester, Tinicum and Darby.
For more of the history of Delaware County, check out this article from Delaware County.
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|Aldan Borough||Aston Township|
|Bethel Township||Brookhaven Borough|
|Chadds Ford Township||Chester City|
|Chester Heights Borough||Chester Township|
|Clifton Heights Borough||Collingdale Borough|
|Colwyn Borough||Concord Township|
|Darby Borough||Darby Township|
|East Lansdowne Borough||Eddystone Borough|
|Edgmont Township||Folcroft Borough|
|Glenolden Borough||Haverford Township|
|Lansdowne Borough||Lower Chichester Township|
|Marcus Hook Borough||Marple Township|
|Media Borough||Middletown Township|
|Millbourne Borough||Morton Borough|
|Nether Providence Township||Newtown Township|
|Norwood Borough||Parkside Borough|
|Prospect Park Borough||Radnor Township|
|Ridley Park Borough||Ridley Township|
|Rose Valley Borough||Rutledge Borough|
|Sharon Hill Borough||Springfield Township|
|Swarthmore Borough||Thornbury Township|
|Tinicum Township||Trainer Borough|
|Upland Borough||Upper Chichester Township|
|Upper Darby Township||Upper Providence Township|