Before William Penn, Jr. obtained his patent for land given him by his father in 1706, he arranged its sale. This land included the area known as New Garden Township, an area of steep slopes and rolling hills cut by fast-moving creeks and meandering streams.
Homes were built, land was cleared and cultivated and Meeting Houses and schools were constructed. Soon villages sprouted - New Garden which grew around the Meeting House; Toughkenamon on the "road from Brandywine to Nottingham" and where the old inn, best known as The Hammer & Trowel was located; Landenberg which was the home of many mills located along the White Clay Creek (most notably cotton mills and woolen mills); and Kaolin which was the center of extensive clay quarries from which a fine china clay was excavated.
As years passed and water power gave way to other sources of energy, the mills closed and many employees moved on to more prosperous industrial areas. The clay quarries filled with water, and the Township returned primarily to farming, and so it remained for many years.
The countryside is changing, but all around us we can still see the lovely homes, schoolhouses, Meeting Houses and Churches that date from the 1700s and 1800s.
New Garden Township and Agriculture
New Residents are reminded that part of the charm of the Township is its agriculture.
There are many corn and hay fields across the landscape and provide a unique break from the typical urban and
suburban scenery. Along with the beautiful landscape there are inconveniences like farm equipment on the roads
that slow down traffic. As with any agricultural facility there are odors associated with natural natural product.
Most farmers make every effort to minimize these odors but they are unavoidable and you should consider them as a part of why the
landscape is as it is.
To obtain a Pennsylvania State drivers license and/or change your address and registration of your cars visit:
www.pennsylvania.dmv/org to find locations or call (800)932-4600
To hook up your cable, internet or general questions about service, contact Comcast, or
Power Outages: Customer Service ( 800)494-4000. To report a power outage please call PECO
Public water: (800) 793-2323. View
Chester Water Authority to find out about water quality, answers to questions about your services, annual reports, etc.
New Garden Sewer Authority. Please note that sewer bills are based on water usage through Chester Water Authority. Please call Joanne Hafner, Sewer Billing Clerk with any questions regarding current rates or billing questions at (610) 268-2915.
Newspapers: “The Daily Local” - To subscribe or place an add call (610)696-1775. Or go online.
“The Chester County Press” - To subscribe or advertise please call 610-869-5553. Or go online.
“Landenberg Today” - To subscribe or advertise please call 610-869-5553. Or go online.
“The News Journal” - To subscribe or advertise please call (302) 324-2500. Or go online.
“The Kennett Paper” - To subscribe or advertise please call (888) 299-3822. Or go online.
“The Philadelphia Inquirer” - To subscribe or advertise please call 215-854-2000. Or go online.
Moving? Visit www.MovePa.com to find help with setting up utility services in your area.
Children & Family. New Garden Township supports the
Bayard Taylor Memorial Library
and as residents you are encouraged to use the Library. There are many programs year round for children and adults. Please take a look at the website or give them a call to find out what programs are available for you and your family.
It is very easy to obtain a card to become a member of the library. All you need to do is fill out the application,
which can be obtained at the library, and show proof of address.
School. New Garden Township is part of the Kennett Consolidated School District. Three of the Districts
six school buildings are located in the Township. For more information visit
Kennett Consolidated School District
New Garden Park. Visit the Park Events.
Contact Barb Underwood, New Garden Parks and Recreation Director, to learn about events going on in the park for children and adults.
Please call the Township building to reserve park pavilions (610)268-2915.
For all emergencies: Dial 911.
New Garden Police Department: (610)268-2907 for non-emergencies Pennsylvania State Police: (610)268-2022 for non-emergencies Avondale Fire Company: (610)268-2486 / (610)268-2309 for non-emergencies
Poison Control: Call (888)222-1222
New Garden Property Taxes: Joseph Bohnert, (610)274-8669
School Taxes, Kennett Consolidated: (610)444-6605
County Tax Office: Chester County Treasurer‘s Office, (610)344-6370
Emergency Municipal Services Tax & Amusement Tax & Earned Income Tax: View New Garden Tax Page
Fire Hydrant and Street Light Tax: call New Garden Township, (610)268-2915
Getting Married in Chester County
Congratulations! You will need to apply for a marriage license not 60 days before your wedding day but at least
three business days before.
Learn about what is required to
obtain a marriage license in PA or
call Chester County Courthouse at (610)344-6355.
To find out more general information about Chester County, visit
chesco.org, or call (610)344-6000, (800)692-1100
call Chester County Courthouse at (610)344-6355.