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Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Huntingdon Valley
Settlement
Lady Washington Inn on Huntingdon Pike
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery, Bucks
Elevation 223 ft (68 m)
Coordinates
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 215
Location of Huntingdon Valley in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Huntingdon Valley is a village, as well as a suburban mailing address located in Lower Moreland Township, Upper Moreland Township and Abington Township all in Montgomery County, and in a small section of Upper Southampton Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania bordering the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States.

History

The Lady Washington Inn was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1] The region saw early settlements and mills along the Pennypack Creek.

Living standards

Originally referred to as "Goosetown,"[2] Huntingdon Valley boasts some of the highest standards of living in the Greater Philadelphia area with 90% of the Township being single-dwelling homes and having one of the highest per capita incomes in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.[3]

Lorimer Park

Located within Huntingdon Valley is Lorimer Park, 213 acres (0.86 km2) of woods and meadows connected to Pennypack Park of the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia County. The park borders Fox Chase Farm, one of the two remaining active farms in Philadelphia County.

School districts

Students in Huntingdon Valley attend one of several school districts, including Lower Moreland Township School District, comprising Pine Road Elementary School, Murray Avenue School (formerly Lower Moreland Middle School), and Lower Moreland High School; Upper Moreland School District; and Abington School District, comprising seven elementary schools, Abington Junior High School, and Abington Senior High School. Also, residents that live in Bucks County attend Centennial School District.

Passenger trains

A BRE Rail-bus being tested on the Newtown Branch at Huntingdon Valley on September 10, 1985; all plans for resumed train service were scrapped in 2014; plans call for conversion of the railroad line into a trail

Huntingdon Valley had regularly scheduled passenger train service until January 14, 1983 via SEPTA's Fox Chase-Newtown Rapid Transit Line; service ended due to failing diesel train equipment resulting in low ridership. Although rail service was initially replaced with a Fox Chase-Newtown shuttle bus, patronage remained light. The traveling public never saw a bus service as a suitable replacement for a rail service, and the Fox Chase-Newtown shuttle bus service ended in 1999. With no rail or bus service, residents have had to use either the Fox Chase train station or the Bethayres train station when traveling to Center City Philadelphia.

In the ensuing years, there has been interest in resuming the long-dormant passenger service. In September 2009, the Southampton-based Pennsylvania Transit Expansion Coalition (PA-TEC) began discussions with township officials along the railway, as well as SEPTA officials, about the realistic possibility of resuming even minimal passenger service to relieve traffic congestion in the region.

All plans for resuming the train service were dropped in 2014 when Montgomery County officials decided to extend the Pennypack Trail over the derelict rail bed.[4]

Valley Swim Club

In July 2009, a nationally publicized incident occurred at the Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley. A group of mostly African-American children from a day care center were removed from the club due to the children's race. On July 15, 2009, the day care center successfully filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the club.[5] In September 2009, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission found probable cause that racism was involved.[6] The swim club filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on November 15, 2009, and has since gone out of business.[7] United States Chief Bankruptcy Judge Steven Raslavich has jurisdiction over the case and the assets of the club are being administered by United States Trustee Terry P. Dershaw. Financial documents were filed on December 1, 2009.[8] The Valley Swim Club was sold at auction for $ 1.46 million on Thursday, 13 May 2010.[9]

Forest Hills Cemetery

Forest Hills Cemetery in Huntingdon Valley is the resting place of World War II figure Jack Agnew, loosely the inspiration of the novel and film, The Dirty Dozen.[10]

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

The Huntingdon Valley Country Club is located in Huntingdon Valley.

Businesses Based in Huntingdon Valley

Alpha Car Services
American Best Locksmith
Christina Celenza Photography
East Coast Comfort, Inc.
J L Roofing Siding Inc
Joseph Di Palantino & Sons Inc
Trans World Trading

Notes

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ umha.com
  3. ^ Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, PA
  4. ^ Clark, Dan (June 6, 2014). "Montgomery County Commissioners Break Ground on Pennypack Trail Extension over SEPTA Newtown railroad line". The Times Herald. 
  5. ^ Susan Candiotti (2009). ""Day care center to sue swim club over civil rights"". CNN. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  6. ^ "Commission penalizes swim club in Pennsylvania racism complaint". CNN. 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  7. ^ http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20091115_Valley_Club_to_file_for_bankruptcy.html
  8. ^ http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/70350037.html
  9. ^ "Swim club Pa. Accused of race bias Sold at auction". AOL. 2010-05-15. 
  10. ^ "The Dirty Dozen"John "Jack" Agnew dies at 88; his World War II unit inspired .  

See Also

Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

External links

  • Lower Moreland Township
  • Lower Moreland Township School District
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