Peculiar Names: Churchtown

Lancaster County is full of communities with peculiar names. This series examines their curious etymology. Next up: Churchtown.

📷: Patrick M. Reynolds

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.


Bangor Episcopal Church on the Northwestern corner of Main and Water Streets in Churchtown, Pennsylvania.

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Read about other Lancaster County towns with peculiar names, such as Bird-in-Hand, Blue Ball, Intercourse, and Paradise.

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