The Springhaven Country Club from about 1910, shortly after it was built.
PROVIDENCE SHOWS THANKS FOR SAFE OCEAN VOYAGE
Upper and Nether Providence and Concord Townships were given their names to reflect the feelings of the early settlers, it is believed.
The name Providence was bestowed on the central county townships by early settlers. It is presumed that it was a manifestation of their thanks for their safe journey across the ocean and their deliverance from persecution.
This theory is believable if one recalls the many references to “providence” in many of the statements made by early settlers. William Penn said on this arrival, “Providence has brought us here safe.”
Records show that the name Providence was used for this territory as early as 1683 when a court record read, “The inhabitants of Providence make application fort a highway to the town of Chester.” It is believed to have been organized as a township in 1864. Thomas Nossiter was appointed constable.
The division of Providence into Upper and Nether is believed to have been effected about 1722. Up until that time both townships were assessed as one municipality. At this time only 40 persons were listed as taxable in both townships.
The name Concord is believed to have been bestowed out of gratitude for the friendliness of early settlers of this township. Dr. George Smith writes, “The name probable had its origin in the harmonious feelings of some of the first settlers.” Concordville takes its name from the township.
Concord Township was said to have been laid out in rectangular form. However, the southwest border was extended breaking up the straight-lined boundary line. Next to Radnor Township it still has one of the county’s most regular boundaries.
One example of the harmonious feelings that prompted the name is cited by Dr. Smith. Land for a Friends meeting house and graveyard at Concord was conveyed, or rather leased, to trustees by John Mendenhall in 1697. Rent was established as “one pepper corn yearly forever.”