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A Lower Merion History Event

The Reading Railroad delivers to Pencoyd Iron Works.

A Lower Merion History Event

Lower Merion: The Two Main Lines

Lower Merion before suburbs was home to industrial chieftains and gave passage to two Main Lines, the Reading and the Pennsy, each in turn the largest corporation in the world. It was a hub of the Schuylkill River Valley, which generated more than half the country’s industrial wealth into the 1870s.

Perry Hamilton, Secretary, LM Historical Society

Sponsored by Ludington Library

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A new book on Lower Merion’s heritage!

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A new book on Lower Merion’s heritage!

Philadelphia’s Pencoyd Iron Works

The story of Lower Merion’s greatest industrial enterprise is recounted by Kevin Righter, whose family, like the Roberts who founded Pencoyd, were among our earliest settlers in the 1600s. Kevin’s great-grandfather worked at Pencoyd for nearly 50 years at the foot of Righters Ferry Road in Bala Cynwyd, on the spot where Kevin’s ancestors operated a river crossing for generations. Chockfull of photos, maps and diagrams, Philadelphia’s Pencoyd Iron Works, Forging Along the Schuylkill River was written with the support of The Lower Merion Historical Society.

Available locally at The Narberth Bookshop or from Arcadia Publishing.

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