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The History of Willow Grove, PA

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The personal injury lawyers in Willow Grove, PA, sponsor this article to offer a detailed excerpt about the area.

Willow Grove is a charming populated place in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The area spans 3.6 square miles and is entirely composed of land. Willow Grove hosts an approximate population of 15,726 and a population density of 4,400 per square mile. The community belongs to zip code
19090 and area codes 215, 267, and 445.


The history of Willow Grove begins in 1719 when William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, established a land grant. The neighborhood quickly developed and became a favorite destination for wealthy Philadelphians in the mid 19th century.

Willow Grove was originally referred to as the Manor of Moreland until 1792. The name Willow Grove was decided based on the town's surrounding swamp areas.

Throughout American history, Willow Grove has been a prominent area. During the American Revolutionary War, the town of Willow Grove played a significant role when George Washington's war troops traveled through the area on their way to fight the Brandywine Battle.

Years later, during the American Civil War, Willow Grove hosted Old York Road, used in the effort to free slaves and transport them to Canada.

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Willow Grove saw immense development. The town was introduced to several local businesses, including restaurants, shops, inns, and bars. Soon enough Willow Grove's economy reached new heights and the area was considered a thriving community.

Willow Grove Park

Amidst Willow Grove's period of immense development, the community became the site of Willow Grove Park, an amusement park that opened in 1896. The park was a neighborhood staple serving the families and visitors of Willow Grove.

Many knew the amusement park for its music Pavillion, where John Philip Sousa, an American composer in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and his band performed annually. By 1959, the pavilion was taken down, and the park later closed in 1975.

While many Willow Park residents missed the amusement park, seven years later, the lot opened as the Willow Grove Park Mall.

The mall is still open today and consists of 120 shops, including Nordstrom, Macy's, Bloomingdales, and many more.

If you ever find yourself in Willow Grove, make sure to stop by the mall that was once the site of Willow Grove Park.


Willow Grove is home to over 15,000 residents, 51% of which are male residents and 49% of which are female residents.

The majority of Willow Grove residents (69%) are homeowners, and the median home value is $262,800. A minority of Willow Grove residents are renters (31%), and the median rent is $1,328.

The unemployment rate in Willow Grove is 3.6%, and the poverty rate is 8.5%.

The median household income in Willow Grove is above the national average ($62,843) at $79,162. The median individual income is also above the national average ($31,333) at $41,118.

If you're looking for a neighborhood with a rich history that offers a comfortable lifestyle, then look no further than Willow Grove, PA.

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David Petrone
Date Published: June 11, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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