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A Historical View of Abington, PA

The personal injury attorneys in Abington, PA, at Justice Guardians offer the following details regarding the community's history.


The township of Abington is located in Montgomery County in the state of Pennsylvania. It is the second most populated as well as the second-most densely populated township in the county. It covers 9,932.8 acres. Dresher is to the town's north, Bryn Athyn is to its east, and Wyncote is to the west. Rockledge shares the southern border along with Elkins Park. Old York Road, or PA - 611, travels through the community. Other main roadways include Washington Lane, Edge Hill Road, Susquehanna Road, and Meetinghouse Road. 

Early History

Historically the area was purchased from the Lenape Native Americans by William Penn in the 1680s. European settlers began to settle and build in the area within the 1700s. At this time, it was known as Hill Township. It was called many other names, but the township was incorporated as Abington in 1704. The town's name is believed to be from the parishes in England established more than 900 years ago in Northamptonshire or Cambridgeshire. In 1734 an estimated 42 resident landowners lived within the area.

During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of White Marsh took place nearby. It was fought around 1777, after which General George Washington led his troops to Valley Forge.

Historical Landmarks

Many of the institutions have been within the township since its incorporation. This includes the Abington Friends School that was established in 1697. The school serves from preschool to 12th grade and sits on a 50-acre campus. On its campus students can take advantage of the many resources such as:

  • The Faulkner Library and Learning Center
  • The AFS Outside Classroom
  • A media and design lab
  • The Wilf Center
  • The Josephine Muller Auditorium
  • The Black Box Theatre

The Abington High School is another historic school that was the first school within the township. Although most of the oldest buildings have been demolished, several standing were designed using architectural styles such as Art Deco, Queen Anne, and Romanesque.

Another historic school within the neighborhood is the Catholic Manor College, in 1947 it was founded by the Byzantine Ukrainian Sisters of Saint Basil the Great. They have held tight to their Ukrainian Catholic traditions and even have a Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center and Museum on the campus.


In 2008 the community had a population of 55,234 residents, 21,252 occupied households, and 14,819 families within its borders. The ethnic makeup was the following:

  • 79.7% White
  • 12.4% Black or African American
  • 0.1% Native American
  • 4.9% Asian
  • 2.1% two or more races
  • 3.2% Hispanic or Latino

The median income per household within the township was $77,363 in 2010. While the median income per family was approximately $94,473. The top employers within the community include:

  • Abington Memorial Hospital - 4,195 employees
  • Holy Redeemer Health System - 2,061 employees
  • Willow Grove Park Mall - 2,025 employees
  • Abington School District - 1,073 employees 

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David Petrone
Date Published: November 24, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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