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All About West Laurel Hills, PA

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West Laurel Hills is a community in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. The community is known for its adjacent West Hills Cemetery. West Laurel Hills belongs to zip code 19004.

West Laurel Hill Cemetery

Home to West Laurel Hills is The West Laurel Hill Cemetery. The burial ground has long been a significant part of West Laurel Hills. The cemetery was founded in 1869 and designed as a rural cemetery.

The cemetery was designed by architects Horace Trumbauer; Cope & Stewardson in the Classic Revival and Gothic architectural style.

The West Laurel Hills Cemetery is a unique and historic location in the neighborhood. The burial ground was the first cemetery to map the entire cemetery on a smartphone device. Visitors have the ability to track grave sites, view images, and go through a tour of famous people's graves.

Some notable persons buried in the cemetery include,

  • Timothee Adamowski (1858–1943), first conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.
  • Caroline G. Boughton (1854–1905), educator and philanthropist.
  • Frank Bettger (1888–1981), Major League baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Edie Huggins (1935–2008), a television personality in Philadelphia.
  • Charles O'Neill (1821–1893), Pennsylvania State Representative and State Senator.
  • Rachel H. Shoemaker (1838–1915) founded the National School of Elocution and Oratory in Philadelphia.

West Laurel Hills Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in August 1992.


West Laurel Hills is notable for its historic cemetery, but the neighborhood is also a desirable area in Pennsylvania. The neighborhood is home to many growing families and subsequently offers residents convenient access to highly rated schools.

Some of the schools serving West Laurel Hills include,

Cynwyd Elementary School

  • The public school hosts a student population of 566 in grades K-5 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1. The school is notable for its dedicated and caring teachers. The school has ranked #20 (of 1,636) in Best Public Elementary Schools in Pennsylvania and #160 (of 1,617) in Best Public Elementary School Teachers in Pennsylvania.

Merion Mercy Academy

  • The private, all-girls, Catholic school hosts a student population of 445 in grades 9-12 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 12:1. The highly-rated school is notable for its curriculum and dedicated staff. The school has ranked #9 in Best All-Girls High School in Pennsylvania, #10 in Best Catholic High Schools in Pennsylvania, and #34 in Best College Prep Private High Schools in Pennsylvania.

Bala Cynwyd Middle School

  • The public school has a student population of 1,054 in grades 6-8 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1. The school has been ranked #6 (of 781) in Best Public Middle Schools in Pennsylvania and #68 (of 766) in Best Public Middle School Teachers in Pennsylvania.

Local Attractions

West Laurel Hills is a great area for growing families looking to live in a suburban neighborhood. Not only is there great access to highly rated schools, but there are also several location attractions nearby.

Some of the local favorite attractions include,

  • Mama's Pizzeria, a circa-1957 cheesesteak restaurant known for its namesake pies.
  • Cynwyd Station Park, a serene grassland utilized by residents of the area.
  • Trail's End Cafe at Cynwyd Station, the neighborhood's favorite cafe known for its delicious coffee and pastries.

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David Petrone
Date Published: July 5, 2021
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