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The History of Audubon, PA

The slip and fall lawyers in Audubon, PA, at Justice Guardians invite you to get to know the history of the community.

Audubon

The neighborhood is considered a census-designated place, or CDP, located in Montgomery County within the state of Pennsylvania. The community is just north of the National Historic Park, Valley Forge. It spans 2,880 acres and includes 25.6 acres of water, including Perkiomen Creek and Mine Run. The Schuylkill River flows just outside of the town's southern border. Neighboring communities include Oaks, King of Prussia, Trooper, Arcola, and Eagleville. 

History

Historically, lead mines were established near the Perkiomen Creek, but unfortunately, they did not generate economic growth. The mines began in the early 1800s and were operated in 1818 by Mr. Wetherell. The discovery of copper, followed by the discovery of lead in 1848, sparked the establishment of the Perkiomen Mining Association. Thousands of tons of copper and lead were mined over the years until the deposits were finally depleted.

The community was named after the American naturalist John James Audubon and was christened in 1899. John James resided at Mill Grove from the early age of 18 when he moved from France in 1803. It is located near the intersection of Audubon and Pawlings Roads.

Local Landmarks

Mill Grove sits on 175 acres, and its estate remains fairly the same as it did many years ago when it was built in 1762. The property has become the home of the John James Audubon Center. The center strives to maintain and preserve the natural habitats of birds and other wildlife. Many of John James' paintings are displayed throughout the center. On the property stands the three-story farmhouse that was built in 1762. The center is open to the public and offers miles of nature trails for a chance to glimpse the many species. 

Walnut Hill, also known as the Prawlings Farm or Perkiomen Peninsula, played an integral part during the winter of 1777 to 1778, during Valley Forge. It was the site of the Commissary function that kept the Continental Army from starving. Today the site  is a wildlife habitat spanning 3,500 acres and contains the following:

  • open meadow
  • riparian and upland forest
  • wetlands and extensive vernal ponds
  • the River Trail - a favorite to the locals
  • a paved Schuylkill River Trail
  • a stone wall from one of the buildings that housed the troops

Demographics

The CDP had 6,549 residents that helped form the 2,379 households and 1,750 families in 2000. Out of the 2,379 households, 35.9% had children younger than 18 years old living with them and 63.8% were married couples. From 2000 to 2010, there was quite an increase of 28.8%, bringing the population to 8,433. The community included the following races in 2010: 

  • 78.1% White
  • 5.2% Black or African American
  • 13.4% Asian
  • 0.7% some other race
  • 1.2% two or more races
  • 2.3% Hispanic or Latino

The household income median was $70,527, and for a family was $80,178. Men had an average income of $51,852 versus $35,965 for women annually.

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David Petrone
Date Published: November 20, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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