Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
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Glen Mills is an unincorporated community in Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Concord Township and Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States about 17 miles from Philadelphia. Glen Mills is known for its gardens and its golf course. Major offices including Deloitte with a headcount of about 100 people operating from there. The zip code for Glen Mills is 19342.
The area around Glen Mills was part of the original land grant given to William Penn in 1681. George Cheyney was the first settler here, for which the nearby town of Cheyney is named. Later, this land was sold and divided. The name Glen Mills is taken from two paper mills built by the Willcox family, one in 1835 and the second in 1846. From 1864 to 1878, these mills supplied the United States government with a special, patented paper for the printing of government bonds and notes.
The Glen Mills are no longer, but the grist mill built by Nathaniel Newlin in 1704 still stands, and is a popular destination for picnickers and history buffs alike. A blacksmith shop was built on the former property in 1975. The Newlin Mill Complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The West Chester and Philadelphia Railroad arrived in Glen Mills c. 1858, and provided train service between Philadelphia and West Chester. The Pennsylvania Railroad took control of the rail line in 1880. Passenger trains through Glen Mills were operated by SEPTA until 1986. The West Chester Railroad, a heritage railway, currently operates trains between Glen Mills and West Chester on weekends.
A "wild west" themed restaurant/roadside attraction known as "The Longhorn Ranch" operated in Glen Mills during the 1960s. In the 1980s, that same site was the location of Pulsations nightclub. The site is currently the location of a retirement community.
The Glen Mills zip code, 19342, is unusual in the numerous geographic boundaries it crosses. It is located almost entirely in Delaware County
In order of land share:
- Concord Township, Delaware County
- Thornbury Township, Delaware County
- Edgmont Township, Delaware County
- Middletown Township, Delaware County
- Thornbury Township, Chester County
- Chadds Ford Township, Delaware County
- Chester Heights
In order of land share:
- Garnet Valley School District
- West Chester Area School District
- Rose Tree Media School District
- Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.
- Thornbury Township, PA (2009). "Comprehensive Plan 2004, Chapter 2: Regional Setting and Historic Perspective." p. 2-5.
- History, Agriculture - Newlin Grist Mill
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Ashmead, Henry G. (1884). "XX. Traveling and Transportation". History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts. p. 199.
- Michael R. Horrocks, 38, Glen Mills, Pa
- "Vocational Training" Golf Course at Glen Mills website