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Discover the History of Parkwood, PA

The personal injury lawyers in Parkwood, PA, at Justice Guardians would like to share some of the history surrounding the neighborhood.]


The neighborhood of Parkwood is situated in the northeastern section of Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania. It is part of Philadelphia County and includes area codes such as 215, 267, and 445. Some of the nearest communities include Morrell Park, Cornwell Heights, Eddington, Bensalem, and Somerton. 

Early History

Many Native American tribes inhabited the area, including the Algonquian and Iroquois nations. The Algonquian group, part of the Lenni-Lenape, were the most dominant and settled in this area due to the close proximity of the Poquessing Creek. Fishing, hunting, and water resources were readily accessible due to the body of water. The Natives established paths leading to major features within the region. Many of the first European explorers and settlers utilized these paths in the 17 century. They later became wagon trails, and then roadways used today, including Knights Road, Bristol Pike, and Roosevelt Boulevard.

Swedish immigrants settled into the area in 1645. The English Quakers soon followed them. Initially, the area was referred to as Byberry, reportedly named after one of the earliest settler's hometown of Bibury, England. However, some argue that William Penn & Henry A. Snyder named the town. Despite its origin, the spelling varied until officially becoming Byberry Township in 1694. This was just after the Quakers built a Friends meeting house in 1692, located at the intersection of Southampton and Townsend Roads. The Quaker Friends' School was established in 1710, but the first "free school" opened in 1802. Many of these buildings were rebuilt during the 19th century and still stand today.

A Planned Community

It wasn't until the late 1950s that the area became known as Parkwood Manor. A major development initiative took place under the planning of the Korman Corporation. The Parkwood Shopping Center, located at Byberry and Academy Road, was constructed in the 1960s and is still owned by the corporation. 

Historic Landmarks

Along Mechanicsville Road is the historic school building, the Mechanicsville School. The building was constructed in 1866 and is a single-story stucco building with a gable roof and a brick chimney. It now serves as a private residence. 


In 2000 the community had 14,778 residents. This was a decrease of 22% from 1980. However, the population was becoming more diverse to include the following:

  • 76% White
  • 12% African American
  • 7% Hispanic
  • 4% Asian
  • 1% two or more races

The area is a moderate-income neighborhood, with an average income being higher than 56.4% of other communities in the country. Many of the employed residents working in industries including:

  • 34.4% sales and service jobs
  • 32.6% executive, management, and professional occupations
  • 18.2% manufacturing and laborer professions
  • 14.8% clerical, assistant, and tech support positions

To learn more: A Brief History of Somerton, PA

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David Petrone
Date Published: November 30, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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