Goshen Township was divided into East and West in 1817. In its early days, it was primarily a farming community. The 1950s through the 1970s saw explosive population growth as the township developed and became "suburbanized."
West Goshen Township [†] is located in east-central Chester County, about thirty to thirty-five miles from central Philadelphia. The most prominent physical features of the township are its gently rolling hills. Within the township is a complex pattern of streams, including Taylor Run and the East Branch of the Chester Creek, and closely-associated narrow bands of steeply sloping land.
The township contains approximately 12 square miles of land area and measures just over 3 miles in an east-west direction and just over 4 miles from north to south. The municipality is traversed by several important highways, notably US Route 202, PA Route 322 (West Chester Bypass), PA Route 3 (West Chester Pike), Pottstown Pike and PA Route 100. Historically, the West Chester Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad crossed the north central portion of the township, with two stations located within the township—Fern Hill Station and Green Hill Station. The railroad has been abandoned and the right-of way has reverted to adjacent landowners. The other railroad in West Goshen, the West Chester and Philadelphia Railroad, crossed the southern part of the township. There were not any stations for this railroad in the township. The line is now owned by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA). However there is no service from Philadelphia on this line past Elwyn Station in Delaware County.
Township of West Goshen, Comprehensive Plan, 2004, www.westgoshen.org. accessed December, 2021.
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