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A Brief History of Berwyn, PA

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The personal injury lawyers in Berwyn, PA, sponsor this article to present a detailed excerpt about the area.

Berwyn is a census-designated place (CDP) in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood belongs to Philadelphia's Main Line Suburbs, an informally delineated historical and social region of suburban Philadelphia. The charming area spans 1.2 square miles and belongs to ZIP codes 19301, 19312, 19333, and 19398.


The town of Berwyn, PA, has been referred to as several names throughout its history. Including, Cocheltown, Reeseville, Glassley, and Gaysville.

In 1877 the village, then populated by some 200 persons, became Berwyn, named by Pennsylvania Railroad workers who were promoting development along the "Main Line" of their railroad west from Philadelphia.

The village is currently situated in the historic Welsh Tract granted by William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, to Welsh Quakers.

Berwyn's earliest settlers were located in the rich Chester Valley north of the ridge or to the south on Easttown's plateau. At the time, many farmers traveled to Berwyn for services found in the village such as blacksmiths, wheelwrights, carpenters, shoemakers, and village stores. The town was also known for its road and railroad to transport goods to market.

Today the village provides services for the great suburban population that grew up here in the last half-century.

Culture & Local Destinations

The charming town of Berwyn has a rich history and has grown to become a wonderful suburb of Pennsylvania. The town holds a special culture where residents connect via public events and community gatherings.

One of the most beloved community attributes in Berwyn is the Footlighters' Theater, a non-profit theater that has provided entertainment for over 80 years.  The theater has been an outlet for children and adults to participate in a community-wide service program that enhances one's singing, dancing, and performing abilities.

Footlighters' Theater is the oldest community theater on the Philadelphia Main Line.

Other points of interest in Berwyn include the Easttown Public Library, the Upper Main Line YMCA, Teegarden Park and Glen Brook Farm.

The Easttown Public Library was founded in 1905 and belongs to the Chester County Library System, which consists of the 18 public libraries in the county. The library offers visitors a center for learning and culture in the community. The library is known for its knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly library staff and its great collection of  51,000 items in adult, teen, and children.

The library also hosts a reference collection, a wide selection of general interest magazines and newspapers, and a Local History Collection.

The Upper Main Line YMCA was founded in 1962 and sits on the former 124-acre summer estate owned by investment banker J. Gardner Cassatt, the brother of famed painter Mary Cassatt and railroad magnate Alexander Cassatt. The YMCA offers residents a variety of amenities including art studios, an Environmental Education Center, free weight Area, HIIT Training, hiking trails, an indoor playground, an indoor pool, outdoor pool, a 50 Meter Pool, personal changing rooms, sauna steam room, tennis courts, a hot tub, a Wellness Center, childcare & early learning programs, swimming lessons, and so much more.

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David Petrone
Date Published: June 9, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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