East Nantmeal prepares for town tours

If you’re interested in the history and culture of the Nantmeal area, grab some supportive footwear and get over to Nantmeal Village on Thursday.

The East Nantmeal Township Historical Commission will host a Town Tour and Village Walk in Nantmeal Village on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Parking spaces will be located at Camphill- Soltane along Nantmeal Road. Directions will be clearly marked along Nantmeal Road. A shuttle wagon with 20 seats will provide transportation into the village where tourists will be left off at the Nantmeal Methodist Church. Only handicapped parking will be available in the village. No other parking will be permitted in the Village of Nantmeal.

Ann Bedrick, member of the Historical Commission and a resident of Nantmeal Village, said the last time they had a tour of Nantmeal Village, they hosted 250 people. That attendance was the largest to date of any of the Town Tour events, sponsored by the Chester County Historical Association.

Chairman Jim Jenkins said the commission is notifying the West Vincent Fire Police Department to ask for help in traffic control.

Refreshments will be available at the Nantmeal Methodist Church.

Historian Mark Dzuban is interested in placing a sign along Route 345 near Bulltown to draw attention to the historic homes, mills and other amenities of the local area. He is looking for an interesting logo for the sign.

Dzuban said he will pay for the sign. The state had turned down his application because of the cost. He is presenting his design for the logo to the board of supervisors.

The French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust has shepherded the paperwork relating to the preservation of the Nestorick farm along Route 401 and Fairview Road in the southern area of East Nantmeal, said Township Attorney Tom Oeste. Some funds were also obtained from the Nature Conservancy, Chester County and the township to secure conservation easements on 77 acres of land belonging to Nestoricks and 21 acres belonging to their close relatives, the Heilners.

Also, the Natural Lands Trust is providing assistance on purchasing easements on the McAffee property at Fairview Road and Route 401, said Oeste.

James Mill Road has been tarred and chipped from the bridge to Nantmeal Road, said Jenkins. Work was coordinated with Warwick Township to save funds. Storm water drains and basins have been cleaned along Nantmeal Road near the village, said Jenkins. Nantmeal Road will be repaired from the Methodist Church to the Burkharts’ property, where the road bears to the left. The western end of Nantmeal Road will be repaired also.

The yard sale held at the Municipal Building along Route 401 in early June netted $2100, said Allison Malamo. There were 35 vendors. It was very successful and there were no complaints, she added.

The funds will help to get historic recognition for Nantmeal Village by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Malamo thanked Jenkins and the Road Crew for their help.

The ice cream stand, the hamburger stand and the home made French fries sold well, she said. The local Boy Scout troop was thanked for their help. Jenkins thanked Malamo and the members of the committee for the good job.

Resident Norma Strouse was admittedly upset when she emphasized the fact that the American Flag in front of the township building had not been illuminated properly. Strouse said it was not lit up on Memorial Day or July 4. She has lived here for six and a half years.

“I want to see the flag lit,” she said. “People will be coming here for the Village Tour.”

She named many people in her family who are veterans. It has been mentioned by people who live outside the community, as well, and was a topic of discussion at the last board of supervisors meeting. The flag was occasionally illuminated by a solar powered device which has proven inadequate. As reported at the last meeting, John Philips is working on the issue.

Traffic control is needed along Prizer Road at Welkinweir, where 50 or more children are attending camp every day, said Dawn Stewart, administrator at Welkinweir. The children, ages 4 to 13, walk along Prizer Road to the stream every day.

The speeding is ridiculous, Stewart said, adding that some are at speeds of more than 50 mph.

Resident Nancy Wodell, who lives along Prizer Road, agreed. She lives 100 feet from the entrance to Welkinweir but has to taxi her grandchildren to camp because of the unsafe conditions.

Stewart asked for speed bumps or red cones to be placed along Prizer Road. Wren said the board will borrow the speed barometer from West Vincent Township, which will flash the speed of motorists. The state police will be notified also.

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