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A Quick History of Broomhall, PA

This guide on the history of the community has been sponsored by the personal injury lawyers in Broomhall, PA, at Justice Guardians.


The town of Broomhall is a census-designated place, or CDP, located within Marple Township in the northern region of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The town spans 1,856 acres. West Chester Pike forms the north border as Veterans Memorial Highway travels along the western edge. Some neighboring towns include Springfield, Havertown, Haverford, and Drexel Hill. 


The community was named in honor of the 19th-century U.S. congressman, John Martin Broomall. The politician was born in upper Chichester Township. He attended a Quaker boarding school in Wilmington before studying law under a prominent lawyer, John Bouvier. After marrying Elizabeth Booth in 1841, he was shunned by the Quaker community because she was not a Quaker.  

In 1868, he founded a post office at the intersection of West Chester Pike and Sproul Road. Not only was the post office named in his honor, but the community that developed around it. Additionally, in 1967 the Broomall's Lake Country Club, formerly the Media Swimming and Rowing Club, was renamed in his honor. 

Historical Landmarks

The town is home to the Thomas Massey House, located on Lawrence and Springhouse Roads. The original brick portion of the house was built in 1696 by Massey. He was born in England before traveling as an indentured servant to Francis Stanfield. Stanfield had Massey and seven other servants sent to America aboard the Endeavor. Massey was awarded 50 acres from his master and another 50 acres from fellow Quaker, William Penn. In 1692 at the age of 29, he married 22-year-old Phebe Taylor and proceeded to have seven children. 

The family-owned the home until 1925. Another descendant of Massey's, Lawrence M.C. Smith, bought the house along with 1-acre and donated it to the township. Many of the historic home's original features have been restored and are considered fully functional. The house is open to public tours during seasonal hours and dates. Many authentic 17th and 18th-century decorations and fixtures have been added to keep the historical charm. 


The community is home to many shopping plazas. One of the many is the Lawrence Park Shopping Center, located on Sproul Road offers residents the following places to shop:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • T.J. Maxx
  • The Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Dollar Tree


The Marple Newtown School District provides the greater area with public schools. Some local schools the children can attend:

  • Culbertson Elementary School
  • Loomis Elementary School
  • Russell Elementary School
  • Worrall Elementary School
  • Paxon Hollow Middle School 
  • Marple Newtown Senior High School 


The CDP reported 11,046 residents in 2000. There were 3,148 families, and as many as 21.4% of the population were under the age of 18. The breakdown of the ethnicities within the neighborhood included:

  • 91.41% White
  • 0.63% African American
  • 0.10% Native American
  • 7.17% Asian
  • 0.16% from other races
  • 0.53% from two or more races
  • 0.62% Hispanic or Latino of any race 

The annual income per household averaged  $52,354, and for a family was $63,902. Women had an average income of $31,646 per year, while men averaged $45,181. 

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David Petrone
Date Published: December 17, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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