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Glen Riddle, PA Before European Settlement
Long before any European immigrant arrived on American soil, the Lenape tribe made the area that is now Glen Riddle their home. The Lenape are semi-nomadic, moving their settlement from one location to another once it had been determined that the surrounding area had been “exhausted”.
The Arrival Of The Europeans
In the 1600s, the Dutch and Swedish arrived in the Glen Riddle area and purchased land from the Lenape. Settlements were built and farms established. Eventually, the English took over the area, maintaining control until the end of the Revolutionary War.
Glen Riddle has survived the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, with many historical sites still standing for history buffs to enjoy.
Where Did The Name “Glen Riddle” Come From?
Samuel D. Riddle was an Irishman who moved to the United States in 1825. Riddle worked at several mills in the area, ultimately purchasing and/or building five mills of his own. His business successes allowed him to purchase a thoroughbred horse farm and estate that he named Glen Riddle Farm. Eventually, Riddle’s son took over the family business and is known for owning famous racehorses including Man O’ War and War Admiral!
The area is proud to be associated with Man O’ War, a chestnut racehorse who is widely believed to be one of the greatest racehorses of all time. Although he was not entered into the Kentucky Derby because his owner didn’t want to race him 10 furloughs, however, he did go on to win the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Later, Man O’ War raced in a match race against Sir Barton in the first race to be filmed in its entirety – a race which Man O’ War won by seven lengths.
Once he was retired to stud he went on to sire many famous horses, including War Admiral, the fourth winner of the Triple Crown.
Today, Glen Riddle is an unincorporated section of Middletown Township in Delaware County, PA.
The Glen Riddle personal injury law firm, Justice Guardians, hopes that you have enjoyed this brief history on the area. You can learn more about Glen Riddle by reading our post on local resources in this area.