Bethel Township is a suburb located along the southern border of Delaware County and sits just twenty miles south of Center City Philadelphia. The name Bethel is shortened from “Bethel Lyberty,” a Palestinian phrase meaning “House of God.” The area is known regionally as “Garnet Valley” because of the garnet mines that were operated here until 1912.
Earliest mentions of the township date back to 1683 when Edward Beazer and Edward Brown had five hundred acres surveyed to them. The area homed some of PA’s earliest settlers and like much of the region, many were Quakers looking for religious liberty. Bethel was originally established as the smallest township in Chester County, but shifted over to Delaware County’s borders on September 26,1789.
In 1759, British General John Forbes demanded that residents of Bethel pay a “bounty” of ten pounds in addition to a wagon of supplies and oats, to support his army as they marched to Fort Duquesne. In 1777, the British Army passed through town again, as they continued to pursue the Continental Army. The British plundered the village, leaving many entirely without food. Bethel bounced back and celebrated when the same army lost the war.
Today, Bethel is a highly regarded family community with low crime and top-notch schools. Students are serviced by the Garnet Valley School District, which serves Bethel, Chester Heights, and Concord Township. Despite being a newer district, founded in 1959, it is one of the leading districts academically and athletically. Garnet Valley High School student’s SAT scores routinely outperform state and national averages and the school has a student performance rating of 99.1, making it the top school in Delaware County, eleventh in the state and in the top 1% of the nation.
Hutchinson’s plumber and HVAC services are also highly ranked, celebrated and win awards every year. We pride ourselves with our education, training and certifications. Our plumbers as well as our heating and AC contractors are considered expertly better at all of the services we offer. This isn’t only because of seventy years of handed down experience, but due to continued education.
Our company is one of the few certified to do Home Energy Star Audits and are in the top three companies in the entire country with completed Energy Star Projects. Our specialists also have a wide range of excellence. Some of the training our expert contractors bring to your door include NATE certifications, Universal Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC certifications, all types of brand names expertise, refrigerants experts, air quality & home comfort specialists, forced air and hydronics systems specialists… we can go on. Let’s just say if your home needs something, we know how to get it done. We guarantee our work, so we get it right, the first time.
When you need a plumber, or when your heating, AC, or your water heater is having issues, Hutchinson’s will be on our way to Bethel to get you running right again any time, 24.7. We do general maintenance and will come over to change a filter or check your duct work. All appointments are at your convenience, and we can come complete your services when your schedule calls for it.