The name, Charlestown, honors Charles Pickering, the friend to whom William Penn granted 5,383 acres along the creek where Pickering and his friend John Tinker, believed (mistakenly) that they had found silver. The two men dug a cave into the side of "Tinker Hill", thus creating the first non-Indian residence in the township. Drowned on a voyage back to England before 1700, Pickering willed his land to sixteen friends. The acreage was combined with that of John Grey and of Penn's sister, Margaret Lawther, to become Charlestown Township in the first official survey of 1738. This included both Schuylkill Township and the Borough of Phoenixville, areas removed from Charlestown before 1850. –source: Charlestown Township.
Nearby Towns: East Goshen Twp • East Pikeland Twp • East Vincent Twp • East Whiteland Twp • Easttown Twp • Malvern Boro • Phoenixville Boro • Schuylkill Twp • Upper Providence Twp • West Pikeland Twp • West Whiteland Twp • Willistown Twp •