Havertown

Havertown is a residential community in Haverford Township, Delaware County and is approximately 9 miles west of the center of Philadelphia

As with many towns in southeast Pennsylvania, Quakers settled the town in 1681 on land purchased by William Penn. There are many historic sites, such as;

  Grange Estate;  a mansion that entertained the Revolutionary War figures George Washington and General Lafayette.

  Nitre Hall, also located within the town’s borders, supplied the United States with over 800,000 pounds of gunpowder during the       War of 1812.

  Federal School and Lawrence Cabin. Haverford and Havertown were named for Haverfordwest, Wales, UK.

Havertown is known for its large Irish-American population. Many Irish-Americans still live there today. The neighborhood takes pride in Pubs and Taverns.Havertown was the birthplace of Swell Bubble Gum, which closed its doors in late 2004. In it's place is the new and very popular Haverford Area YMCA. Many shops line Eagle Road with restaurants, ice cream stands, nurseries and other commercial businesses.

 

Havertown is home to over 30 outdoor parks and playing fields. The town also provides other recreation facilities, including the Haverford Township Free Library, an outdoor skate park.The recently renovated Haverford Reserve boasts a community park for the ultimate recreation experience, with over 5 miles of trails, wetlands, old forests and wildlife habitat, along with a state-of-the-art environmental lab.

Haverford Reserve also includes playing fields, the freedom playground, and a dog park.[3] Part of Haverford Reserve, the Haverford Township Community Recreation & Environmental Center  opened its doors to residents of Haverford and Havertown. The $7.4 million, geothermal-powered, LEED-certified building includes a double gymnasium, walking track, multi-use rooms, fitness rooms, and an environmental nature area. Further, CREC offers a variety of classes for people of all ages and abilities, ranging from yoga and spinning, to art and cooking classes. Where the CREC stands was once a coal power plant that provided power for the hospital buildings on the grounds of the former Haverford State Hospital. T

There is also the Haverford Music Festival which is an all-day, family-oriented festival. 

The School District is Haverford Township school District, with one high school, one middle school, and five elementary schools. A newly refurbished elementary school, Chestnutwold Elementary, re-opened its doors in early September 2008. 

Haverford High School had the honor of being the only high school in the Philadelphia area to host the 2013 One Book, One Philadelphia author Julie Otsuka who wrote  The Buddha in the Attic and is a recent PEN/Faulkner Award winning work of historical fiction and a National Book Award finalist.

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