The community is invited to attend the kickoff celebration of Honey Brook Township's 225th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 9, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Township Administration Building, 500 Suplee Road, Honey Brook.
The event will feature guest speakers, and guests will have an opportunity to meet former and present township supervisors and other staff members, as well as representatives from local community organizations.
"(The celebration) is an informal kickoff to let everyone know that it is the 225th anniversary of the township. The township was formed back in February of 1789," said Toni Antonini, Honey Brook Township administrator. "(Scheduled to attend are) Sen. (John) Rafferty, Rep. Tim Hennessey and two of the Chester County commissioners - Kathi Cozzone and Terrance Farrell."
Following the presentations by the special guests, refreshments will be served in the lobby.
According to a history compiled by Barb Schober of the Honey Brook Township Historical Society, Honey Brook Township was incorporated on Feb. 24, 1789, from the western part of West Nantmeal Township. The name "Nantmeal" means "sweet stream" or "honey brook."
A group of citizens banded together to establish their own township; to maintain leadership over schooling, churches and businesses; and to improve the quality of their lives.
The history states, "On February 24, 1789, a large group of disgruntled landholders of the northwestern part of West Nantmeal appealed to the Justices of Court of Chester County at West Chester for a division. They maintained that the 'huge and extensive length of the township put them at a disagreeable disadvantage and that securing officers was exceedingly bothersome and difficult.' Consequently the courts granted the petition and Honey Brook Township was formed."
The township commissioners issued a resolution on March 12 of this year to recognize the anniversary. It reads, in part, "The Board encourages the community to recognize and celebrate this occasion through 2014 and will announce events throughout the year."
For more information about the township and the upcoming celebration, interested readers may visit http://www.honeybrooktwp.com.