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The History of Paoli, PA

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The personal injury attorneys in Paoli, PA, present this article to share a historical excerpt about the area.

Paoli is a census-designated place in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The area comprises the two townships Tredyffrin and Willistown. Spanning 2.0 square miles, Paoli is home to approximately 5,575 residents with a population density of 2,800 per square mile. Paoli is found in ZIP code 19301 and area codes 610 and 484.


Paoli was built around an inn kept in 1769 by Joshua Evans. Evans built the inn on the 500 acres of land his father bought from William Penn, founder of the Province of Pennsylvania.

Evans named the inn after General Pasquale Paoli, who was from Corsica, a Mediterranean island. Following Paoli's acceptance of the 45th and final toast at a Saint Patrick's Day celebration, Evans chose to honor him with the naming of the inn. The inn's location on the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike, about 20 miles (one day's drive for a horse-drawn wagon) from Philadelphia, contributed to its success. The site of the inn is currently the Paoli Post Office.

Battle of Paoli

On September 20th, 1777, General Charles Grey, along with 5,000 British soldiers, launched a surprise attack on a Patriot encampment. The attack became known as the Battle of Paoli.

General Charles Grey intercepted George Washington's orders regarding British rearguard actions and directed his troops to assault the small regiment of Americans commanded by General Anthony Wayne. To maintain the attack's element of surprise, Grey ordered his troops to remove the flint from their muskets and only use bayonets and swords under cover of darkness.

The attack was successful with the help of a Loyalist spy who provided a secret password, "here we are, and there they go". Upon signal, General Grey and his troops overran multiple American pickets and launched their attack on the Continental Army Camp.

The Battle of Paoli resulted in 201 American soldier deaths and injuries. The British were even able to capture 71 American soldiers and only suffered 4 British killings with 7 injuries.

General Anthony Wayne's reputation following the attack was tarnished. He demanded a formal court-martial to clear his name. By November 1st, 1777, a board of 13 officers declared General Wayne acted with honor, and his name had been reclaimed.

Today, you can walk through the streets of Malvern, Pennsylvania, and see the grounds where the Battle of Paoli occurred.


In Paoli, PA, the racial and ethnic demographics are as follows:

  • 80.4% White (Non-Hispanic)
  • 7.67% Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  • 4.83% White (Hispanic)
  • 3.6% Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
  • 3.05% Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

Between 2017 and 2018, the Paoli population grew from 5,705 to 5,864, demonstrating a 2.79% increase. Additionally, the area's median household income grew from $76,821 to $79,570, demonstrating a 3.58% increase.

In 2018, the median property value in Paoli was $340,000, and the homeownership rate was 68.7%.

Paoli, Pennsylvania, is a great area with a rich history that offers residents a comfortable lifestyle. If you're looking to visit or reside in an area that offers a dense suburban feel with many restaurants, coffee shops, and parks, then Paoli is the place for you.

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David Petrone
Date Published: May 6, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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