Caernarvon Township

Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Township municipal offices are located at 3226 Main St, Morgantown, PA 19543.
Phone: 610‑286‑10101.


Beginnings [†]

As with so many places between Philadelphia and Lancaster, the area was first settled by the Welsh. The word “Caernarvon” is a Welsh word, based on “Caer Yr Arfon” meaning “Fort (Caer) on the River (Arfon)”. Caernarvon officially dates back to 1752, the same year Berks County was established. Caernarvon (Berks) was originally part of Caernarvon (Lancaster), but was divided to accommodate county delineation. The Village of Morgantown was named after Colonel Jacob Morgan, who laid out the town around 1770. His father, Thomas, had been a native of Wales, a captain in the French and Indian War, and owner of a large tract of choice land in Caernarvon Township. Jacob Morgan, a Philadelphia merchant, settled in this area around 1765, building a large stone house, which still stands on Hartz Road between Mineview Drive and Shiloh Road. During the late 1800’s and early to mid 1900’s, the region was well known for its iron ore production, which was utilized for numerous projects of national magnitude, including the iron ore that was utilized to manufacture the steel for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Since the arrival of the Turnpike in the 1950’s, Caernarvon has changed from a quiet, mostly agrarian village, to a busy commercial and industrial center. The population has experience a steady growth rate over the past 50 years.

Southern Berks Joint Comprehensive Plan, 2020,, accessed March, 2023.

Nearby Towns: Birdsboro Boro • Elverson Boro • Honey Brook Boro • Honey Brook Twp • New Morgan Boro • Robeson Twp • West Nantmeal Twp •

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