The year was 1860. Abraham Lincoln was president. The Pony Express started delivering mail. And in a little corner of the world a community bank was born.
On September 3, 1860, Downingtown Bank was organized under the General Banking Law of Pennsylvania, to meet the needs of its local community. The first president of the Bank, Charles Downing, was a descendent of one of the Quaker families that settled the area in the late 1730’s and for whom the Borough of Downingtown is named.
On December 30, 1864, the bank became a national bank and continued to prosper as did its community, strategically located halfway between Philadelphia and Lancaster on the first turnpike constructed in the United States.
Today, DNB First is the oldest national bank headquartered in the greater Philadelphia region. The bank provides a full range of products and services to individuals, families, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Employing the same honest values and commitment to service on which the bank was founded, DNB First has earned a reputation for trust and stability.