Norristown Farm Park

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Norristown Farm Park
Pennsylvania State Park
Natural Monument (IUCN III)
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The main barn at Norristown Farm Park
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Townships East Norriton, West Norriton, Borough of Norristown
Location [1]
 - coordinates 40°08′01″N 75°21′02″W / 40.13361°N 75.35056°W / 40.13361; -75.35056Coordinates: 40°08′01″N 75°21′02″W / 40.13361°N 75.35056°W / 40.13361; -75.35056
 - elevation 180 ft (55 m) [1]
Area 690 acres (279 ha)
Founded 1995
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
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Location of Norristown Farm Park in Pennsylvania
Location of Norristown Farm Park in Pennsylvania
Website : Norristown Farm Park

Norristown Farm Park is a 690-acre (279 ha) Pennsylvania state park in East Norriton and West Norriton Townships and the Borough of Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in the United States.[2] It is operated in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Parks. The park is a working farm on the site of Norristown State Hospital.[3] Many colonial era farm buildings and homes are on the grounds. Hiking, bicycling, ball fields, fishing, picnicking, and cross-country skiing are available in the park. The park hosts musical concerts in the summer. Stony Creek flows through the park. Norristown Farm Park is just off Interstate 276 on West Germantown Pike.[3]

Norristown Farm Park was originally part of a 7,000-acre (2,800 ha) tract of land called "Williamstadt," which originally belonged to William Penn.[4] The property was then transferred to Isaac Norris, the namesake of Norristown, by way of Penn's son, William Penn, Jr. Norris' heirs sold pieces of Williamstadt to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Norristown State Hospital was opened in the 1870s as a mental hospital.[5] The park is on state-owned land that surrounds the hospital.[5]

Nearby state parks[edit]

The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Norristown Farm Park:[6][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Norristown Farm Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. August 23, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Norristown Farm State Park". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Norristown Farm Park Montgomery County page". County of Montgomery, PA. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Norristown Farm Park Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area". Schuylkill River Greenway Association. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  5. ^ a b Reverend Judith A. Meier. "An Historic District Within the Boundaries of the Norristown State Hospital". Farm Park Preservation Association. Archived from the original on 2006-08-11. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Find a Park by Region (interactive map)". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ Michels, Chris (1997). "Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculation". Northern Arizona University. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Research, Geographic Information Division. "2007 General Highway Map Montgomery County Pennsylvania" (Map). 1:65,000. ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/montgomery_GHSN.pdf. Retrieved 2007-07-27. Note: shows Norristown Farm Park

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