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The History of Wayne, Pennsylvania

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The personal injury law firm in Wayne presents to you the following article about the community. We hope residents and visitors can learn something new about its history.

History of Wayne

Wayne is an unincorporated community in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Situated on the Main Line, a series of highly affluent suburbs in Philadelphia located along the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks, it is part of the Radnor Township, Upper Merion Township of Montgomery County, and the Tredyffrin Township and Easttown Township of Chester County.

The history of Wayne dates back to the establishment of the Cleaver's Landing railroad stop. It was later renamed Wayne Station in honor of General Anthony Wayne. In the early 1800s, 293 acres of land surrounding the railroad stop was purchased by banker J.H. Askin. He then proceeded to build an 80-room stone mansion and named it "Louella" after his daughters Louisa and Ella. In 1880, newspaper editor G.W. Childs and banker A.J. Drexel bought the mansion and the surrounding lands to form the Wayne Estate development.

Historic Sites

Within the Wayne community, there are a number of historic landmarks and establishments that depict the history of the area. This includes:

  • Downtown Wayne Historic District
  • South Wayne Historic District
  • North Wayne Historic District
  • Pennsylvania Railroad Station at Wayne
  • Chanticleer Garden
  • Wayne Hotel

These historic sites are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Downtown Wayne Historic District

Downtown Wayne Historic District is the center portion of the community of Wayne. Roughly bounded by South Wayne Avenue, West Avenue, and Louella Court, the national historic district includes around 100 resources, like the Wayne Theater. It was added to the NRHP on September 5, 2012.

Wayne Hotel

Wayne Hotel is a historic hotel built in 1906. The five-story, Tudor Revival-style building was designed by architect Johnathan D. Langel. Formerly known as THe Waynewood, the property was purchased by local entrepreneur Stephen W. Bajus in the 1980s. He had it refurbished and transformed into a hotel that offered modern amenities like 40 guest rooms, two luxury suites, 14 off-site luxury furnished apartments, a private room for meetings and dining, and a restaurant. On November 5, 1987, the hotel was listed on the NRHP.

Chanticleer Garden

Chanticleer Garden is a 48-acre botanical garden created on the grounds of the Rosengarten estate. Opened to the public in 1993, it consists of a collection of large trees and open lawns. There are also different sections featuring:

  • Asian Woods
  • Minder Woods
  • Bell's Run
  • Bell's Woodland
  • Bulb Meadow
  • Pond Garden
  • Teacup Garden
  • Tennis Court Garden
  • Gravel Garden
  • Cutting Garden
  • "The Ruin" Garden
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Chanticleer House

The botanical garden is the perfect place for picnicking, walking and relaxing. From April through October, visitors are also welcome to tour the 1912 estate that once belonged to Adolph G. Rosengarten Sr. and Christine Penrose. The name Chanticleer comes from the French word for rooster for the many references to roosters found throughout the estate. On July 24, 1984, the house and its grounds were added to the NRHP. The botanical garden can be found on Church Road. Season passes are $40 per person, $70 for two, and $100 for four.

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David Petrone
Date Published: November 17, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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