Lower Merion

Lower Merion Township, a historic and affluent township located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is known for its excellent schools, beautiful neighborhoods, and convenient location. Situated just 10 miles west of Philadelphia, Lower Merion Township offers residents a perfect blend of suburban comfort and easy access to urban amenities.

Lower Merion Township was originally settled in the late 17th century by Welsh Quakers who were attracted to the area’s fertile farmland and natural beauty. The township was officially established in 1713 and remained a primarily agricultural community throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

In the early 20th century, Lower Merion Township began to transform into a suburban community, with the development of large estates and the expansion of the railroad.

Local Landmarks:

  1. Bryn Mawr Film Institute: This non-profit community theater, located in the heart of Bryn Mawr, showcases independent, classic, and foreign films, as well as hosting special events and educational programs.
  2. Harriton House: This historic house, built in 1704, was the home of Charles Thomson, the secretary of the Continental Congress, and features guided tours and educational programs.

Lower Merion Township is served by the highly-rated Lower Merion School District, which includes:

  1. Harriton High School
  2. Lower Merion High School
  3. Bala Cynwyd Middle School
  4. Welsh Valley Middle School
  5. Belmont Hills Elementary School
  6. Cynwyd Elementary School
  7. Gladwyne Elementary School
  8. Merion Elementary School
  9. Penn Valley Elementary School
  10. Penn Wynne Elementary School

Nearby Colleges:

  1. Bryn Mawr College (within township)
  2. Haverford College (within township)
  3. Villanova University (5 miles)
  4. Saint Joseph’s University (6 miles)
  5. Rosemont College (7 miles)

Lower Merion Township is home to several shopping districts, including Suburban Square in Ardmore, which features a variety of upscale retailers and restaurants. The nearby King of Prussia Mall and Wynnewood Shopping Center offer additional shopping options.

Lower Merion Township offers a wide variety of dining options, from casual cafes to upscale restaurants. Some local favorites include the White Dog Cafe for farm-to-table cuisine, Sang Kee Noodle House for Asian dishes, and Besito Mexican for upscale Mexican fare.

Lower Merion Township is home to several parks and nature preserves, including the 103-acre Rolling Hill Park, which features walking trails, sports fields, and a playground. The nearby Schuylkill River Trail provides a scenic route for walking, cycling, and running.

Annual Events:

  1. Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert Series: This summer concert series, held in the heart of Bryn Mawr, features live music from a variety of genres.
  2. Narberth Dickens Festival: This annual event, held in December, transforms the town of Narberth into a Victorian wonderland, with costumed characters, street vendors, and live performances.
  3. Main Line Art Center Fine Arts and Crafts Festival: This annual event, held in October, showcases the work of local artists and artisans, with live demonstrations and family-friendly activities.