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A Brief History of Greenfields, PA

The personal injury lawyers in Greenfields, PA, at Justice Guardians have gathered this information on the town for your reading pleasure.


The neighborhood is a census-designated place, or CDP, located within Bern Township in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The Schuylkill River forms the southern and western border, while the Tulpehocken Creek flows along the eastern edge. A few of the closest neighborhoods include Berkshire Heights, West Reading, Muhlenberg, and Colony Park. 


The community was founded in 1758. Land that was purchased under the Treaty of Fort Stanwix and eventually became the home to many immigrants during the late 1800s, such as:

  • Irish
  • Polish
  • Slovak
  • Italian
  • Hungarian
  • Carpatho-Rusyn

During the Civil War, the town was the site for a small fort Located on Bigelow Street. It became known as Fort Squirrel Hill. This fort was considered one of the largest in Pittsburgh during the war. It was used to defend the area from the Confederates. By the 1920s, the Beechwood Boulevard Bridge was built. It quickly became known as the Greenfield Bridge. However, in 2005, the bridge was demolished and replaced with a state-of-the-art steel open-spandrel arch bridge. This newer bridge connects travelers to Schenley Park and has a 10-foot pedestrian sidewalk and designated bike lane.


Within the neighborhood is the historic Berkshire Country Club and Golf Course. The clubhouse was established in 1899 as a member-owned and governed club. The original golf course opened in 1903 and consisted of a 3,000-yard 9-hole course. After purchasing more land in 1916, an 18-hole course was designed by golf architect Willie Park Jr. for a mere $196.75. The private club has since purchased more land over the years. In 2011, a three million dollar renovation was complete with the addition of a new bar room and patio.


The Schuylkill Valley School District offers residents with public school education options, such as:

  • Schuylkill Valley Elementary School - grades K-4 - located on Ames Way
  • Schuylkill Valley Middle School - grades 5-8 - located on Ontelaunee Drive 
  • Schuylkill Valley High School - grades 9-12 - located on Lake Shore Drive 

Some of the private and charter options include:

  • I-Lead Charter School - grades 9-12 - located on Penn Street
  • St Margaret Private School - grades PK-8 - located on Spring Street
  • Chor Day Academy Private School - grades 3-12 - located on Centre Avenue


In 2010 the community had a population of 1,170 residents. The diversity of the community can be found in the different ancestries such as:

  • German (33.5%)
  • Irish (19.4%)
  • Polish (10.2%)
  • Puerto Rican (10.1%)
  • Italian (9.3%)

The community consists of mainly upper-middle-income households. Many of the working residents are employed in the following fields:

  • 38.3% executive, management, and professional roles
  • 22.7% manufacturing and laborer occupations
  • 20.6% sales and service jobs
  • 17.0% clerical, assistant, and tech support positions

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David Petrone
Date Published: December 10, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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