Nestled in the central section Chester County are 11 square miles of rolling green acreage known as East Brandywine Township. They were once Part of Cain Township, established in 1702 as one of the first townships in modern Chester County. This large area was divided in 1739 when residents of East Cain Township petitioned for more manageable boundaries. Brandywine Township was established in 1790. Another split occurred in 1844, and East and West Brandywine Townships were born.
In the 1800s, religion was the common bond for residents of the township. Hopewell Methodist Church has been active since 1785, and a log church was built prior to 1800 in what is now the church cemetery. Stone structures replaced it in 1843 and 1867. The present gray stone chapel on Hopewell Road was built in 1913, and the sanctuary added in 1990.
The East Brandywine Baptist Church was established in 1842 in a stone structure on Route 322. Outgrown and replaced in 1968 by the more modern present church, the old building was demolished in 1991. Both Methodist and Baptist followers remain active in the township today.
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