Springfield, Delaware County

Springfield Township, or simply Springfield, is a township in Delaware County. It is located about 10 miles from Philadelphia.

Pupils in Springfield attend schools in the Springfield School District. This is not to be confused with Springfield Township School District, which is located in Springfield Township, Montgomery County.

The public school system comprises three elementary schools: Springfield Literacy Center, Scenic Hills and Sabold; one middle school: E. T. Richardson Middle School; and one high school: Springfield High School. The Springfield Literacy Center contains all students of Kindergarten and first grade; Scenic Hills (or just "Scenic") and Sabold contain various students grades 2 through 5 (depending on which one is closer to you); E. T. Richardson (or ETR) contains grades 6, 7, and 8; and Springfield High School contains grades 9 through 12. Springfield High School currently has 1,200 students enrolled.

There is one private well known Catholic high school: Cardinal O'Hara High School. There are two private Catholic grade schools: Holy Cross and St. Francis of Assisi. St. Kevin School operated from 1967- 2011.

It was settled by Quakers who cam to Pennsylvania with William Penn.  Springfield was first recognized as a governmental entity in 1686. Many of the streets in Springfield are named after former prominent citizens, including Powell, Kennerly, Thomas, Beatty, Lewis, Evans, Powell  and Edge among others. After its founding, Springfield was primarily a farming town.

On December 9, 1687, the settlers began laying the road to Amosland as it was then called. This road is now known as Springfield Road. In 1701 construction began on the Baltimore Pike and the first Quaker meeting house. The meeting house burned in 1737 and was rebuilt. The current meeting house that stands in its spot was constructed in 1851.

By the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 it is estimated from tax records that about 300 people resided in Springfield.By the 19th century Springfield had become more industrialized. Many mills were constructed because of the many creeks.

At the beginning of the 20th century Springfield's Baltimore Pike had become one of the busiest commercial areas outside of Philadelphia. Baltimore Pike is known for it's car dealerships. Many shopping centers have also popped up along the Pike.

In the past century, all of Springfield's farmland was slowly bought up by developers who turned Springfield into the town it is today, that is, largely comprising developments of standard suburban single-family homes. One of the largest single developments was the Stoney Creek development whose many homes each have their own unique design.

Though all of the farmland of Springfield's past is gone, many of the woods and fields of the past still remain standing today in some of the many parks located throughout the community.


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