Lancaster County is full of communities with peculiar names. This series examines their curious etymology. Next up: Churchtown.
Most people think Churchtown got its name from the many nearby churches. In fact, there are currently seven within a two-mile radius. While William Penn did grant land in eastern Lancaster County to build churches, so much property was left over that the churches sold or rented to farmers. These farmers named the town after their landlord: the church.