Description: Parkesburg is located in Chester County, one of William Penn’s original three counties. The town was first known as the Fountain Inn, after a 1730s tavern, and the tavern later became the town’s first post office. Fountain Inn was renamed Parkesburg after prominent politician John G. Parke. A number of important businesses had connections to Parkesburg, including the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, which was later a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1872, Horace Beale moved his ironworks from nearby Hibernia to Parkesburg and named it the Parkesburg Iron Company. The company had a competitive baseball team, and major leaguers such as Babe Ruth played against the team. The town also was home to one of the first airfields in the county.
Release date: December 14, 2009
Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series
About the Author
Bruce Edward Mowday is the author of five Arcadia volumes: Coatesville, Downingtown, West Chester, Along the Brandywine River, and Chester County Mushroom Farming. Parkesburg is a collaboration involving the Parkesburg Free Library, the author, and local citizens. Many of the photographs in Parkesburg were drawn from the library’s collection.