Ruscombmanor Township

Berks County, Pennsylvania

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Township municipal offices are located at 204 Oak Lane, Fleetwood PA 19522.
Phone: 610-944-7242.

Ruscombmanor Township [1] is located in the east-central Berks County and is bordered by the Townships of Richmond, Maidencreek, Muhlenberg, Alsace, Oley, Rockland and the borough of Fleetwood. The Township is a typical rural Berks County township, with no major commercial or industrial industries, and provides a "bedroom community'' function for residents who are employed in nearby industriesorserviceestablishments.TheTownshipisbisectedbytwo major state roadways, SR 0662 and 2026, which intersect in the Village of Pricetown and which provide easy and direct linkage to the state and interstate highway systems for vehicular access to points within Berks County and the Commonwealth. Ruscombmanor is partially located within the Lake Ontelaunee Watershed.

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Beginnings [2]

Ruscombmanor Township was established in 1759 and named from a district in Wales, Ruscomb. The Penns requested 10,000 acres to be set apart in this locality for their use, and the tract was called "Manor of Ruscomb." It is probable that the early settlers were attracted chiefly by the springs of excellent water. They located here about 1730.

Two grist mills and a clover mill at one time were in operation in the township, but only one grist mill is now in use. The glue factory and tanneries which once existed in the vicinity of Pricetown, as well as the foundry and forge, have all be discontinued. The district also contains five or six iron mines which at one time employed quite a number of hands.

  1. Ruscombmanor Township, Comprehensive Plan Update, 1994, elibrary.pacounties.org. accessed September, 2021.
  2. A. E. Wagner, Ph.D., F. W. Balthaser, M.E., and D.K. Hoch, The Story of Berks County Pennsylvania, Eagle Book ad Job Press, Reading, 1913.

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