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Discover the History of Mt Airy, PA

The slip and fall attorneys in Mt Airy, PA, at Justice Guardians have presented the following article highlighting the town and its dynamic history.

Mt Airy

The neighborhood is located in Northwest Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania. Neighboring towns include Elkins Park, Jenkintown, and Stenton. The Wissahickon Valley Park is less than two miles to the community's east. Germantown Avenue and Mount Pleasant Avenue intersect in the center of the neighborhood. 


One of the first prominent residents was William Allen, a Philadelphia merchant and the Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania. He built his summer estate and mansion in 1750, located on Germantown Avenue near Allens Lane. The town was soon named after the estate.

Historical Landmarks

The town is full of historical charm and shares a historic district with its neighboring town, Germantown. Some of these include:

  • the Violet Oakley Studio
  • Nugent Home for Baptists
  • Mt. Airy Station
  • Malvern Hall
  • Eleanor Cope Emlen School of Practice
  • Presser Home for Retired Music Teachers
  • Cliveden
  • Upsala
  • Beggarstown School
  • Michael Billmeyer House
  • Daniel Billmeyer House

Notable Residents

The community has been the birthplace or home to many successfully noted residents. Some of them include:

  • Charles Darrow - one of the developers of the board game Monopoly
  • Bob Saget - an actor and television host
  • C. Delores Tucker - a civil rights activist; the first black female Secretary of State of a U.S. state in the nation
  • Grover Washington Jr. - a jazz musician
  • Jesse Biddle - a baseball player for teams such as the Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and Cincinnati Reds

Top Rated Restaurants

The town is home to many highly rated restaurants. Some of the top-rated dining options include:

  • Earth - Bread + Brewery - rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Evo Brick Oven Pizza - rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
  • Malelani Cafe - rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • South Philly Italian Kitchen - rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Jyoti Indian Bistro - rated 4.4 out of 5 stars


The School District of Philadelphia offers the residents in the area public education. Some of the zoned schools include

  • Eleanor C. Emlen School - grades K-5
  • Charles W. Henry School - grades K-8
  • Henry H. Houston School - grades K-8
  • Anna L. Lingelbach School - grades K-8
  • Roxborough High School - grades 9-12

Private school options include:

  • Blair Christian Academy - grades PreK-12
  • Revival Hill Christian High School - grades 9-12
  • Islamic Day School of Philadelphia - grades PreK-5
  • Waldorf School of Philadelphia - grades PreK-8
  • Project Learn School - grades K-8
  • Classroom on Carpenter Lane - grades K-2
  • Holy Cross School (K-8)


Per the count in 2010, the town had a population of 27,035 residents that made up 11,934 households and 6,636 families. The racial demographics of the community was the following:

  • 62.5% Black or African-American
  • 31.7% White/Caucasian
  • 5.8% other races or from 2 or more races

The community was cited for its successful racial integration in Oprah Winfrey's O magazine, in addition to the U.S. News & World Report. Many civil rights groups have also commended the progress of the community's ability to ward off setbacks such as:

  • blockbusting
  • panic selling
  • redlining

The median income per household was $56,815, and the family income average was $80,978. The per capita income of the town was $35,941. 

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If you have been hurt during a slip and fall accident, you can trust the Mt Airy, PA slip and fall attorneys at Justice Guardians. They fight to recover maximum compensation for every injured victim. For a free case evaluation, call our 24/7 hotline today.

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David Petrone
Date Published: December 21, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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