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Richburg: The Gateway to Chester County

Richburg (c.1878; .8 sq. miles; population: 312).

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In the mid 1800s, a New York preacher by the name of Miller worked out a chart that proved the world would come to an end on March 15, 1843. He had lots of followers called Millerites all up and down the East Coast. After selecting a high elevation from which to view the end of the world, the Millerites in this area obediently set about putting their affairs in order, constructed temporary shacks, and awaited the coming of the great day. Only the rich could afford to stop work and live on accumulated supplies of food, The less wealthy people in the community could not afford to stop work and ridiculed the Millerites, and called the place where they had settled Rich Hill. When the night passed without mishap, and the sun rose as usual the next morning, the people lost faith in the Prophet Miller. They found the so-called Rich Hill a pleasant place to live so they began to construct permanent homes. About this time the people applied for a post office for Rich Hill, but since there was already a Rich Hill in Lancaster County, the people decided to name the post office Richburg. The exact date is not known for the founding of the Richburg Post Office. In about 1878, the railroad came through Richburg. It was a narrow gauge connecting Chester with Lancaster. It was a new method of transportation to the people of Richburg. Each train was met with friendly greetings, for there was always someone coming or going on it. It made as many as four trips a day carrying passengers, mail, and cotton to and from Lancaster.

In 1998, Town Hall opened in what was formerly Armstrong's Grocery, a town landmark. The Chester County Genealogical Society–with a membership base that extends well beyond the county lines and into other states—also calls Richburg home.  The town celebrates its Fall Festival in October each year.