The village of Marshallton, originally a Quaker settlement, was first settled in the
1760s. Primarily an agricultural community, the settlement flourished as a crossroad
village due to its proximity to Strasburg Road and nearby waterways. Strasburg Road
became an official state road in the 1790s. This development established it as the
main route between Philadelphia and Lancaster, and further insuring the village as
a prime location for industries such as blacksmithing, wheelwriting, cooping and milling.
Other businesses included a cigar shop, shoe maker, tin smith and barber.
During the American Revolutionary War the iron industry in this region supplied
critical munitions to the continental army. The village is located in the most northern
section of the Brandywine Battlefield where Generals Washington and Howe met on the
filed of battle on September 11, 1777 with 30 thousand soldiers.
Today the village provides and interpretive link between the story of iron and
steel production and the American struggle for independence.