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Discovering the Historical Broad Axe, PA

This guide on the historical landmarks within the community has been sponsored by the personal injury lawyers in Broad Axe, PA, at Justice Guardians.

Broad Axe

The neighborhood of Broad Axe is located in the outskirts of Whitpain Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Nearby communities include Blue Bell, Williams, Ambler, and Fort Washington. Butler Pike and West Skippack Pike intersect in the heart of the neighborhood. Other roadways include Sheaff Lane, Morris Road, and Township Line Road. 

Historical Landmark

The town is home to the oldest tavern in the state and the country, the Broad Axe Tavern. The tavern, located on the corner of West Skippack Pike and West Butler Avenue, is said to have been opened in 1681. It quickly became the local spot for all the townspeople to socialize and for travelers to eat and stay for the night.

During the Revolutionary War, the establishment remained open, even as others were forced to close, and even is said to have entertained the company of General George Washington and his troops on many occasions. Another war figure, General James Grant, from Great Britain, dined at the tavern during his travels. 

Many have declared the tavern to be haunted by the ghost of the original owner's daughter, Rachel. The story suggests that she fled the harassment of the drunk patrons and was never seen again. Visitors hoping for a glimpse have traveled many miles to the tavern. Some have claimed to see a figure in the third-floor window and insist it must be her ghost.


The community has many parks, including:

  • Prophecy Creek Park
  • Willow Lake Farm Preserve
  • The Highlands Park
  • George Washington Memorial Park

Located on Butler Pike is the Karamoor Estate Winery. The winery has been owned by Nick and Athena Karabots since the early 1970s. They are both first-generation Greeks, and the wine allows them to share their heritage. They began with 12 acres and quickly grew to the 27 acres they are today. Their wines have won several awards, including:

  • 2013 Meritage - Gold - Pennsylvania Farm Show Wine Competition
  • 2013 Reserve Merlot - Silver - Pennsylvania Farm Show Wine Competition
  • 2015 Cabernet Franc - Gold Medal - New York International Wine Competition


The community has a large population of Greek and Russian ancestry people living within its borders. The following are some of the ancestries that can be found within the neighborhood:

  • Irish (20.4%)
  • German (17.5%)
  • English (12.5%)
  • Italian (9.8%)
  • Polish (8.0%)
  • Greek (2.9%)
  • Russian (3.8%)

Learn more about the nearby neighborhood: The History of Audubon, PA

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David Petrone
Date Published: November 27, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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