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Table of Contents


The Overview

The Nature of Lower Merion

The Beginnings

The Lenape
The Earliest Settlers
Scull & Heap Map
Penn’s Charter
The Peaceable Kingdom
The Welsh Tract

The Pioneers

Merion Friends Meetinghouse
John Roberts of Pencoyd
The Llewellyn Homesteads
Humphreys: Pont Reading
Penn Cottage
Green Hill
Early Notables
Harriton House
Joseph Price
Jones: Grove of the Red Partridge
Jones: Wynne Wood

The Development

Old Roads and Travel
The Milestones
Taverns and Inns
The Mills of Mill Creek
John Roberts of the Mill
Philadelphia & Columbia Railway
Pennsylvania Railroad
Bryn Mawr Hotel
The Automobile Revolution
Bidding Poster

The Communities

Gladwyne (continued)
Bala Cynwyd
Belmont Hills
Bryn Mawr
Suburban Square
English Village

The Schooling

Lower Merion Academy
Early Schools
Public Schools
Episcopal Academy
Friends’ Central School
Haverford School
Baldwin School
Shipley School
Waldron Mercy Academy
Haverford College
Bryn Mawr College
Rosemont College
Barnes Foundation

The Faiths

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
Church of St. Asaph
Church of the Redeemer
St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
St. Luke Methodist Church
Zion Baptist Church
Mount Calvary Baptist Church
Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim
Temple Beth Hillel - Beth El
Temple Adath Israel of the Main Line
Lower Merion Synagogue
Har Hazaitim Cemetery

The Conflicts

Revolutionary War
Civil War
Merion Tribute House, WWI

The Services

Local Trades
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Lankenau Hospital
Police and Fire Protection
Bala Troop One
The Libraries

The Diversions

Merion Cricket Club
Belmont Driving Park
Golf and Cycle Clubs
Von Trapp Family in Merion

The Residents

Cassatt: Cheswold
Wheeler: Pembroke
McDowell: Olinda
Hires: Rose Hill
Red Rose, Stoke Poges
Gibson: Maybrook
Griscom: Dolobran
Clothier: Ballytore
Wood: Woodmont, Father Divine
Sinnott: Rathalla
Foerderer: La Ronda
Lippincott: Alscot
Roberts: Penshurst
Gilmore: Yorklynne
Clark: Willoughby
Saunders: Idlewild Farm
Crosby Brown: Clifton Wynyates
Ludington: Clovelly
Pew: Knollbrook
Log House
McLean: Sydbury House
Rolling Hill Park

Recycled Estates:

Rae: Waverly Heights
Austin: Beaumont at Bryn Mawr

Modern Classics:

Frank Lloyd Wright
George Howe & Robert Montgomery Brown

Derivation of Local Names