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In The Lansdale, Pennsylvania and North Penn Area.



  • LANSDALE HISTORY-The region's first inhabitants were Native Americans, followed by European settlers. One of these early pioneers was Jenkin Jenkins, a Welsh immigrant who claimed a large parcel of land in what is now known as Lansdale Borough, as his home. Jenkins is generally accepted as Lansdale's first permanent resident with his 1795 farmhouse the oldest existing structure in the borough.

    Through the mid 1800's, the area consisted of a handful of farms scattered throughout the wilderness. However, in 1853, the North Pennsylvania Railroad began constructing a link between Philadelphia and the northern part of the state. Chief surveyor, Philip Lansdale Fox, who also provided for much of the labor force, oversaw completion of the first 21 miles of the line by 1856. Since the name of the first area settler was already paid in tribute at nearby Jenkintown, the current terminus of the railroad line was named after the railroad's prominent surveyor. Hence, the town of Lansdale was born.

    Lansdale became a natural place for railroad workers to settle, with businesses quickly blossoming to serve their needs. Soon, Lansdale became an area postal hub as well. By 1872, the year of Lansdale's official "Incorporation", the population had swelled to 400. Over the years, the borough grew to its present size of 1,896 acres. The railroads aided in the development of the borough as a business, residential and transportation center. Today, Lansdale is considered the geographic center of the North Penn Region and provides jobs and housing opportunities for many. Small businesses and shops are very active as the borough continues to promote its downtown district. It should be noted that many businesses and residents have a Lansdale mailing address but are actually located in the surrounding Townships of Upper Gwynedd, Towamencin, Montgomery and Hatfield. Since its beginning, Lansdale has continued to grow as both a cultural and industrial center of Montgomery County and S.E. Pennnsylvania, and home for many of Pennsylvania's prominent citizens.

    Once an encampment for General Washington’s Revolutionary War troops, later a stop on a 1900’s rural trolley route, Skippack today has evolved into a bustling center of culture and charm. Enjoy many fine shoppes and antique outlets. Experience an excellent opportunity to savor lunch or dinner in either a casual or an upscale atmosphere (Shippack Village Restaurants).

    Peddler's Village, Bucks County’s premier shopping, dining, lodging, and entertainment destination, is an 18th-century style attraction. The Village features 70 quality specialty shops and restaurants, a 70-room luxury inn, year round festivals and craft competitions, plus an antique operating carousel, set amidst 42 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and winding brick pathways (Peddler's Village Restaurants). .

    Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the collective sacrifices and dedication of the Revolutionary War Continental Army, it pays homage to the ability of everyday Americans. Of all the places associated with the American War for Independence, perhaps none has come to symbolize perseverance and sacrifice more than Valley Forge. The surrounding area is alive with shopping, dining and entertainment. Conveniently located between NPHI (10 miles), and Phila. International Airport (16 miles).

    The largest mall on the east coast - The King of Prussia Mall. With their unparalleled combination of American and European Retailers. Eight department stores, nearly 400 specialty shops, and 40 restaurants and eateries make the King of Prussia Mall a shopper's dream town. Located at the Valley Forge exit of the PA Turnpike.

    Complete Shopping Mall just 3 miles from both North Penn Hernia Institute and Central Montgomery Medical Center. This mall features 4 major department stores (Macy's, Strawbridges, Penny's and Sears) with over 100 additional specialty shops, 2 'bistro' style restaurants and a large mulit-cultural food court, all in a twin-level, modern and spacious atmosphere. Minutes from area hotels. Good place for that post-operative walk.

    Birthplace of our Country. Visit such historic sites such as Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell, The National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House and many other historic sites.

    -The world’s premier horticultural display garden. Longwood Gardens was created by industrialist Pierre S. du Pont (and is sometimes referred to as the DuPont Gardens) and offers 1,050 acres (425 hectares) of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of heated greenhouses; 11,000 different types of plants; spectacular fountains; extensive educational programs including horticultural career training and internships; and 800 horticultural and performing arts events each year, from flower shows, gardening demonstrations, courses, and children’s programs to concerts, organ and carillon recitals, musical theatre, and fireworks displays. Longwood is open every day of the year and attracts more than 900,000 visitors annually.

    Historic Sites, Inns and Shopping await you just minutes from Lansdale including:
    • Washington's Crossing State Park
      - Located on the Delaware River just eight miles north of Trenton and about 20 miles from Lansdale is Washington Crossing State Park. It was here that the Continental Army under the command of General George Washington landed after their historic crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776.

    • New Hope Village
      -Arts Community in nearby Bucks County featuring Restaurants and Dining, Lodging, B&Bs, Shops & Stores, Antiques Artists & Art Galleries, Theater & Music.

    • Pearl S. Buck House
      -Originally built in 1835, the Bucks County, Pennsylvania farmhouse was home to Pearl S. Buck and her international family for 38 years.

    • Mercer History Museum
      -Towering castle houses dramatic displays of the implements, folk art and furnishings of early America before mechanization. 6 miles from Lansdale.

    • Moravia Pottery and Tile Works
      -The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark, is maintained as a "working history" museum by Pennsylvania's County of Bucks, Department of Parks and Recreation. Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery's founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930).