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Upper Chichester Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Upper Chichester Township / McCaysville

 
 
Upper Chichester Township (<b><i>side 1</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 25, 2017
1. Upper Chichester Township (side 1)
Inscription.  
Upper Chichester Township. “Chichester Liberty” was established in 1683 by William Penn. Upper Chichester Township separated from Lower Chichester Township in 1759. The Upper Chichester area was claimed both by the Swedes (1643) and by the Dutch (1654), but both nations were primarily interested only in trading with Lenape. The first evidence of European occupation in Upper Chichester dates to Penn’s grants under his 1681 charter from King Charles II. The “First Purchasers” under Penn’s authority were fourteen English and Welshmen, most of them Quakers.

McCaysville. The regional pattern of independent family farmsteads was followed in Upper Chichester, which retained its rural atmosphere well into the twentieth century. At the intersection of Chichester Avenue & Meetinghouse Road, McCaysville served the civic, social and commercial needs of local residents with a store, chapel and blacksmith shop. The c. 1740 McCay-Pierce House at the corner of the crossroads was used as a school, post office and store.
 
Erected by Chichester Historical Society
McCaysville (<b><i>side 2</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 25, 2017
2. McCaysville (side 2)
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Quakerism ⛪ series list.
 
Location. 39° 49.842′ N, 75° 26.363′ W. Marker is in Upper Chichester Township, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker is at the intersection of Chichester Avenue and Meetinghouse Road, on the left when traveling west on Chichester Avenue. This is to SE of Meetinghouse Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2400 Chichester Ave, Marcus Hook PA 19061, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of Those Who Served (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chichester Meetinghouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lower Chichester Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Hickman Row (approx. 1.1 miles away in Delaware); Marcus Hook (approx. 1.4 miles away); Robinson House (approx. 1.4 miles away in Delaware); Marcus Hook World War I Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Marcus Hook World War II Veterans (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Chichester Township.
 
Also see . . .  Upper Chichester Township.
Settled in 1681 and became a first class township in 1942. Named for the town of Chichester, in the County of Sussex, England. (Submitted on May 29, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Upper Chichester Township Marker (<i><b>wide view</i></b>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 25, 2017
3. Upper Chichester Township Marker (wide view)
1740 McCay-Pierce House in the background
 
 
McCaysville Marker (<i><b>wide view</i></b>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 25, 2017
4. McCaysville Marker (wide view)
Chichester Avenue visible on the left
McCay-Pierce House c. 1740 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 25, 2017
5. McCay-Pierce House c. 1740
McCay-Pierce House, at the intersection of Chichester Avenue & Meetinghouse Road. This building has served as a home, school, post office, store and later for various commercial enterprises.
Upper Chichester Township Street Clock image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 25, 2017
6. Upper Chichester Township Street Clock
Town street clock, located in small park across Meetinghouse Road from the historical marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on August 17, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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