William Harvey House is a historic home located in Pennsbury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The original house was built c. 1715, and is a 2+12- to 3+12-story, stone-banked dwelling. It is the earliest of the five Harvey family homes in Pennsbury Township.[2]

William Harvey House
William Harvey House, March 2010
William Harvey House is located in Pennsylvania
William Harvey House
William Harvey House is located in the United States
William Harvey House
LocationNorthwest of Chadds Ford on Brinton's Bridge Road off U.S. Route 1, Pennsbury Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°52′35″N 75°37′4″W / 39.87639°N 75.61778°W / 39.87639; -75.61778
Area7.8 acres (3.2 ha)
Builtc. 1715
NRHP reference No.71000690[1]
Added to NRHPMay 27, 1971

William Harvey, a maker of malt, immigrated from Lye, Worcestershire, England prior to 1715. He purchased 300 acres (120 ha) of land in 1715. He died in 1754, leaving the house to his son, William Harvey. That son owned the house when it was in the line of fire during the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. A local legend holds that he refused to leave his home until a 12-pound (5.4 kg) cannonball came through the kitchen wall, however, a later register of damages from the British occupation shows a loss of farm animals, hay, and oats, but no claim for household goods.[2]

Descriptions of the property from the will of the grandson of the original William Harvey show that no structural changes were made to the house between 1821 and a remodel sometime after 1926.[2] The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Pennsylvania Register of Historic Sites and Landmarks (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: William Harvey House" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-12-09. Photo