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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania

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Norristown is the county seat for Montgomery County
Lower Merion Township is in Montgomery County
      Montgomery County (237)  
      Berks County (258)  
      Bucks County (250)  
      Chester County (292)  
      Delaware County (239)  
      Lehigh County (124)  
      Philadelphia County (1154)  
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1Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Bala Cynwyd World War I Memorial
Erected by the residents of Bala and Cynwyd as a tribute to the men and women of this community who served our country in the World WarMap (db m146370) WM
2Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Barmouth Train Station — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
Barmouth Station was active from 1899 to 1986, at which point the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) decommissioned the tracks between Cynwyd and Ivy Ridge station in Manayunk. Unlike Bala and Cynwyd, which were also freight . . . Map (db m146360) HM
3Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry
A pioneering liberal arts school for working women was held here on the campus of Bryn Mawr College, 1921-1938. Led by Hilda Worthington Smith, it graduated over 1,700 students from diverse racial, ethnic and geographic backgrounds; some became . . . Map (db m84842) HM
4Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Duffy's Cut 57
Here lie the remains of some of the 57 Irish railroad workers who died of violence and cholera while building the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad in East Whiteland, Penn. August 1832Map (db m146621) HM
5Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Early Tavern — General Wayne Inn —
Opened in 1704, this tavern was known in Colonial times as the William Penn Inn, the Tunis Ordinary and Streeper’s Tavern. Familiar to Franklin and Washington, the inn was renamed, shortly after the Revolution, in honor of Gen. Wayne, who had . . . Map (db m68614) HM
6Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Gladwyne Historic District — Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Originally the Cross Roads Village of Merion Square. Settled by Welsh Millers who prospered along Mill Creek in the late 1700's. Many of the early 19th century buildings including the inn village shops and houses are still in use. Many fine examples . . . Map (db m146338) HM
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7Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Harriton
Built 1704 by Rowland Ellis; named by Richard Harrison, the next owner. His son-in-law, Charles Thomson, Secretary of Continental Congress, lived here 1774 until his death in 1824.Map (db m84865) HM
8Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Henry Harley Arnold
Henry Harley Arnold General of the Army Commanding General United States Air Force World War II Born June 25, 1886 on this site Map (db m146336) HM WM
9Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — James A. Bland
Buried in this cemetery is the famous minstrel, composer of "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" and many other songs. Born on Long Island in 1854, he traveled widely but died in obscurity at Philadelphia in 1911.Map (db m84839) HM
10Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — John Dickinson — (1732-1808)
Statesman, author. In influential writings, 1765-74, argued against British policies. Later, as a member, Continental Congress, 1774-76, favored conciliation and opposed the Declaration of Independence; nonetheless, served the patriot cause as . . . Map (db m68628) HM
11Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Lest We Forget
Lord God of Hosts be with us yet Lest We Forget Lest We Forget In honor of the men and women of Gladwyne who served in the Armed Forces of our country Map (db m146337) WM
12Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Merion Friends Meeting — One of the oldest places of worship in the Nation —
Continuously used since its erection in 1695 by Quakers, this Meeting House is thought to have been visited by William Penn. Welsh carpenters are believed responsible for its highly unusual cruciform architecture.Map (db m68646) HM
13Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Merion Friends Meeting House — A National Historic Landmark —
Merion Friends Meeting House Has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possess national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America This Meeting was established by the Merioneth . . . Map (db m68649) HM
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14Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Mill Creek: The Power of Water — Rolling Hill Park — Township of Lower Merion —
Mill Creek gets its name from the active mill industry that flourished here from the 1790s to the 1870s. The mills adapted to suit a changing market place. During the early 1800s, a growing mill industry produced paper, grain, guns, and powder. . . . Map (db m146339) HM
15Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Pencoyd Iron Works — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
The Pencoyd Iron Works was founded by Algernon and Percival Roberts, heirs of John Roberts, one of the first Welsh settlers of this region in 1683. John Roberts had named his land "Pencoyd," meaning "head of the woods" in Welsh. In 1852, the . . . Map (db m146631) HM
16Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Philadelphia and Columbia Railway — The Main Line of Public Works of the State of Pennsylvania — 1834-1857 —
One of Americas Earliest Railroads, it was first powered by horses, later by steam. The right-of-way was on the south-side of Montgomery Avenue across from Merion Friends Meetinghouse. This railroad was a major route for escaping slaves . . . Map (db m68652) HM
17Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Sebastian A. Rudolph's Ashland Paper Mill — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
From Theodore W. Bean's History of Montgomery County, "Manufacturing Industries" (1884):
"These well known mills are situated on the Rockhill Creek [now Gully Run], close to the River road, and are better known by the name . . . Map (db m146634) HM
18Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Somerset County PA-New York, NY-Washington, DC
Through blurred eyes we find the strength and courage to soar beyond the moment. We look to the future knowing we can never forget the past. God Bless AmericaMap (db m107521) WM
19Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Switchback Bridge — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
In 1891, George Brooke Roberts, a Bala Cynwyd resident and president of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), ordered the construction of the Pencoyd Bridge off the Schuylkill Valley Division to the Pencoyd Iron Works. Up until that . . . Map (db m146632) HM
20Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — The "S" Bridge & The Manayunk Bridge — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
The original Pennsylvania Railroad bridge across the Schuylkill River, known as the "S" Bridge due to its shape, was constructed in 1884 as a double-track iron truss bridge that connected the West Manayunk community in Lower Merion to the . . . Map (db m146628) HM
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21Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — The Baldwin School
Originally designed as a summer resort hotel by noted architect Frank Furness, this is his last surviving building of its type. Opened in 1890 as the Bryn Mawr Hotel, it was built in a French Chateau style for the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Baldwin . . . Map (db m84841) HM
22Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — The Manayunk Skyline — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
Both sides of the Schuylkill River with factories, mainly dealing with fabric, paper, and steel. During the 1950s, the construction of the Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76) along this side of the Schuylkill River radically changed the . . . Map (db m146622) HM
23Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — The Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad — Lower Merion History
The Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad was one of America's first railways. By the late 1820s, Philadelphia, the second largest city in the nation, lacked access to western markets. New York had the Erie Canal and Baltimore would soon have the . . . Map (db m146368) HM
24Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — The Spaventa Switchback
The Spaventa Switchback refers to the section of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail running from the Manayunk Bridge to Rock Hill Road. The property was formerly owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) as a spur/switchback to serve the Pencoyd Iron . . . Map (db m146626) HM
25Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Transportation Corridor in Transition — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
[The plaque consists of two photos with captions:] Above: This image from the 1950s depicts a unique time in history when the three transportation corridors of this area operated concurrently. A Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train led . . . Map (db m146624) HM
26Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Vine Creek — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
The main sources of Vine Creek are around Lodges Lane and Bryn Mawr Avenue in Cynwyd (not shown on map), approximately one mile from this location. Vine Creek generally ran parallel to the path of the railroad bed. Several creeks, including . . . Map (db m146362) HM
27Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Washington's Army Encampment — 1777 —
On this and adjacent ground Washington's Army encamped September 14, 1777. Erected by Merion Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution September 14, 1896Map (db m68748) HM
28Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — West Laurel Hill Cemetery — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
Established in 1869 as a non-profit, non-denominational cemetery, West Laurel Hill has long been a landmark of the Philadelphia region. Visiting beautifully landscaped cemeteries was a popular activity for Victorians. Designed as a civic . . . Map (db m146359) HM
29Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — West Laurel Hill Train Station — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
Before the advent of parks, the only great swaths of green open space where the general public could visit and picnic were cemeteries. For this reason, the West Laurel Hill Station (1884-1899) was one of the most popular of the early stops along the . . . Map (db m146365) HM
30Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — William Clegg's Cotton Mill — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
Clegg's Mill was located in Vine Creek's deep ravine to provide maximum water power. By 1851, three millponds were built to regulate the flow of the creek to turn the waterwheels that powered the mills. You are standing at the point on the map . . . Map (db m146366) HM
31Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Woodrow Wilson
Educator, statesman, President. Here, at Bryn Mawr College, Wilson held his first teaching position. From 1885, when the college opened, until 1888, he taught history and politics in nearby Taylor Hall.Map (db m84843) HM
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Sep. 29, 2022