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History of Berks County - Maiden Creek Township

The following is reproduced from the 1876 Atlas of Berks County, Pennsylvania

Maiden Creek derives its name from a large stream which flows through the limits of the township. Since its formation, parts have been taken away to form Ruscomb Manor and Ontelaunee townships.

The first settlers were Friends, of whom more than seventy families resided in the township in 1738. We have no accounts of troubles with the Indians in the Colonial Records. Doubtless the peaceful character of the people prevented any disturbance with the natives, a state of affairs very different from that which prevailed in some localities.

Maiden Creek is bounded on the north by Perry; on the east by Richmond ; on the south by Ruscomb Manor and Muhlenberg; on the west by Ontelaunee. The principal supply of water-power is from the Maiden Creek, on which are mills of various kinds.

In common with most of the neighboring townships, Maiden Creek has very fertile soil. When cultivated it yields plentifully of its fruits for the sustenance of its inhabitants. The principal villages in this township are Blandon, Evansville and Molltown. Blandon on the East Penn. Railroad, eight miles from Reading, is a flourishing place. In contains all the branches of industry usually carried on in a country village, and is a pleasant place of resort for strangers.

Maiden Creek, in 1870, had 1,615 inhabitants.