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Warwick Township

Warwick Township municipal offices are located at 2500 Ridge Road, Elverson PA 19520; phone: 610-286-5557.

Saint Peters Village was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. A restored Inn and restaurant have made St. Peters a very popular destination for both day and overnight visitors.

Warrenpoint (one of many National Register resources found within the township) was built in 1756, most probably by William Branson. Branson was a leader in colonial iron and steel production, tow local industries which were of great national significance. He was closely associated with the Warwick and Redding iron furnaces, Coventry Forge, and the Vincent Steelworks, which are all located near Warrenpoint in Chester County. (Warwick Township) With Samuel Nutt, another leader of the iron industry in Pennsylvania, he erected Redding Furnace, the second iron furnace to be built in colonial Pennsylvania. Branson was also a pioneer in steel production, and owned the Vincent Steelworks on French Creek, where "blistered steel" was first produced in 1737.

Warrenpoint's significance, however, goes beyond its association with the leadership of the colonial iron and steel industries and its value as a record of the lifestyle supported by those industries. Unchanged by major additions or alterations, it remains a superb example of the early Georgian style as interpreted in the Middle Colonies.

Its plan, in which the center hall is flanked on each side by two generous rooms and a massive chimney, exemplifies the early Georgian ideal of formal balance. Its random fieldstone construction with evenly cut corner quoins is also characteristic of the building tradition of this area, as is the pent eave which crosses each gable end below the attic level. The large windows composed of many small panes are typical of early Georgian architecture, as opposed to later construction in which fewer and larger panes are employed. Finally, the interior detail, largely intact, enhances Warrenpoint's value as an example of the early Georgian. The full-height paneled fireplace walls are very important in this respect.

Warrenpoint, then, is doubly significant, both as a record of the lifestyle associated with the emerging industry in colonial America and as a fine example of the early Georgian farm house, little altered.

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