Elverson is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,225 at the 2010 census. Settled near the region’s early iron mines, Elverson is close to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, an example of a 19th-century “iron plantation”. Elverson’s building styles follow the periods of its commercial growth and range from early 19th century stone or log buildings to post-railroad Queen Anne structures and 20th century craftsman and Foursquare-style houses. Commercial and residential development since the 1950s has occurred largely on the outskirts of the borough’s historic center. The Wilmington and Northern Railroad line, later incorporated into the Reading Railroad system, was abandoned and removed in 1983.
The Elverson Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
In 2011 an Elverson resident, Stuart Connelly, began the filming of his first major production, The Suspect. This 96 minute feature-length film was picked up by Modoc Spring. Connelly, the film’s writer and director, upon moving to the area a few years prior knew he wanted to use Elverson and the surrounding area as the location for a film some day. The film was released to select theaters in 2013. In the high paced thriller, two African American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.