Text, below, was transcribed from a copy of the West Brandywine Township 2005 Comprehensive Plan.
The relative wealth and breadth of historic resources that remain in West Brandywine are integral to the character of the community. They are also an evocative representation of the Township's heritage and its surviving, present-day community character. That character, complemented additionally by exceptional vegetative, topographic, and other natural and manmade features, is ... [significant]. One hundred thirty-six buildings or groups of buildings were recorded by the Chester County Historic Sites Survey in 1982; additional resources were subsequently added.
Most of the sites ... [in the township] ... are agricultural-related buildings or sites and vernacular residences. Instances of industrial association exist at several old mill sites. Some resources stand alone; many are grouped in farmsteads, mill complexes, or hamlet settings.
The Hatfield-Hibernia Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The historic district comprises clusters of former tenant houses, principal residences, and industrial structures and ruins associated with the Hibernia iron works and the Hatfield Mill. It includes all of Hibernia Park, lapping into West Caln Township. A number of other resources in the Township may prove to be eligible for the National Register, should further research and formal assessment of historical significance be undertaken.
West Brandywine's scenic resources consist of scenic roads, vista points and scenic open landscape. Together, these attributes create landscapes that are aesthetically pleasing, ranging from views of rolling farmland to steeply wooded hills along the Township's stream valleys. Of course, the Township's landscape is also inhabited by humans, and includes single family homes along secondary roads, relatively new subdivisions, and several historic villages. The scenic built environment reflects historical development and settlement patterns or embodies unique attributes of architecture or siting; it may also contribute to community sense of place and scenic landscape quality.
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