Caln Township, PA: The Old Caln Historical Society, a local non-profit organization dedicated to researching and sharing the history Caln Township, has embarked on a new project to locate, reset, and document the historic stones which were once erected to mark each mile between Philadelphia and Lancaster. This week, the society, with the help of Caln Township Public Works, reset mile marker 32, in what they believe to be its original location across from the Wedgewood Shopping Center on Lincoln Highway.
Brenda Porter, who has headed up the project said she and another member, Lois Demchak, were chatting about the mile markers and lamenting the fact that many are missing when Lois remembered that one of the markers had been donated to the Township after many years in a private home. Porter located the marker and coordinated the effort to reset it with Caln Township and PennDOT (who owns the property where the marker was set). The marker reads “32 M TO P” meaning 32 miles to Philadelphia. Other markers down the line add “M TO L” for “Miles to Lancaster.” Since the Philadelphia and Lancaster Pike was constructed in 1794, the marker could be as much as 225 years old.
Additional nearby markers include:
Mile 31 – located on the North side of Lincoln Highway in front of the Janwood Apartments in Downingtown
Mile 33 – marker is missing, but it would be located near the Happy Days Diner in Thorndale
Mile 34 – located on the South side of Lincoln Highway near Barley Sheaf Road
Mile 35 – built into the stone wall near Veteran’s Drive in Coatesville
Mile 36 – missing, would be located in Coatesville near Pennsylvania Ave.
The website http://pastones.yolasite.com/ lists each of the 62 markers and their whereabouts, if known.
The Philadelphia and Lancaster Pike operated as a toll-road with log turn-stiles serving as gates wherever tolls were collected. It was one of the first turnpikes in the country.
The Old Caln Historical Society asks anyone who knows the location of any of the missing markers, to please contact Abbey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-384-0600 x148.