Trimbleville Historic District

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Trimbleville Historic District
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Greenwood Dell Boarding School
Trimbleville Historic District is located in Pennsylvania
Trimbleville Historic District
Trimbleville Historic District is located in the US
Trimbleville Historic District
Location Northbrook, Broad Run, and Camp Linden Rds., Pocopson & West Bradford Twps., Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°55′55″N 75°40′56″W / 39.93194°N 75.68222°W / 39.93194; -75.68222Coordinates: 39°55′55″N 75°40′56″W / 39.93194°N 75.68222°W / 39.93194; -75.68222
Area 125 acres (51 ha)
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Colonial, Federal, Vernacular Colonial
MPS West Branch Brandywine Creek MRA
NRHP Reference #


Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 16, 1985
Designated PHMC September 01, 1915[2]

Trimbleville, Pennsylvania, also known as Trimble's Ford and the Trimbleville Historic District is a hamlet of about six homes, in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, about two miles south of Marshallton.

James Trimble first bought land in the area on the banks of the west branch of the Brandywine River in 1744, with his descendants living in the hamlet until 1948. Several buildings survive from the eighteenth century. Buildings in the area include the Trimble's farmhouse, a mill, blacksmith and wheelwright shops, and a boarding school. The area was listed by the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district in 1985.

1915 historical marker near Trimble's Ford, where over 12,000 British troops crossed the Brandywine on September 11, 1777 during the Battle of Brandywine.

During the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777, over 12,000 British troops under Generals William Howe and Charles Cornwallis crossed the west branch of the Brandywine at Trimble's Ford. The troops began the flanking maneuver in Kennett Square, made their first crossing at Trimble's Ford,[3] then crossed the east branch at Jefferis Ford,[4] before engaging the American troops near Birmingham Friends Meetinghouse.[5]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ 39°56′0″N 75°40′50″W / 39.93333°N 75.68056°W / 39.93333; -75.68056 (Trimble's Ford) Trimble's Ford
  4. ^ 39°56′20″N 75°38′10″W / 39.93889°N 75.63611°W / 39.93889; -75.63611 (Jefferis Ford) Jefferis Ford
  5. ^ Martha Leigh Wolf, 1984, NRHP Nomination Form for Trimbleville Historic District Enter "public" for ID and "public" for password to access the site.