Ft. Washington

Fort Washington is a suburb of Montgomery County and was settled by German immigrants one of whom was Philip Engard who immigrated in 1728 and purchased 100 acres. By the mid-18th century the area came to be known as Engard Town. 

During the Revolutionary War, the Battle of White Marsh was fought in Ft. Washington. George Washington and his troops were encamped here after their defeat at the Battle of Germantown and before their march to Valley Forge
Fort Washington State Park contains the area in which the primary American defenses were situated.

On July 17, 1856, Fort Washington was the site of one of the worst train accidents in the United States. Two North Pennsylvania Railroad trains collided with one another near the Sandy Run station (now the defunct Fellwick Station). The exact number of deaths is uncertain, but 59 were killed instantly and dozens more perished from their injuries.

On January 1, 1946, the Township of Upper Dublin was created and encompassed Fort Washington along with nine other communities. Parts of Fort Washington were also incorporated into Whitemarsh Township.

The primary center of business and industry in Upper Dublin Township is the Ft. Washington Office Park with over 100 different companies, including Honeywell, Aetna, AccuWeather, Eastern National, Genworth Financial, Feith Systems and a suburban campus of Temple University. GMAC Mortgage is also there.

Residents living in the Upper Dublin portion of Fort Washington are served by the Upper Dublin School District. Those living in the Whitemarsh Township portion are served by Colonial School District.

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