Woxall, Pennsylvania

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Woxall
Woxhall
Village
Woxall is located in Pennsylvania
Woxall
Woxall
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Woxall is located in USA
Woxall
Woxall
Location within the United States of America
Coordinates: 40°18′38″N 75°26′55″W / 40.31056°N 75.44861°W / 40.31056; -75.44861
Township Upper Salford
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Founded

pre 1727

(as Kroppestettel)
Established 1888 as Woxall
Named for "Knocks All" partial slogan for an unknown soap brand
Area
 • Total 1.6 sq mi (4 km2)
 • Land 1.6 sq mi (4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 420 ft (130 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,318
 • Density 820/sq mi (320/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 19438
Area codes 215 & 267
Website uppersalfordtownship.org

Woxall or sometimes Woxhall is a census-designated place (CDP) in Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA. It is located on the east side of the Perkiomen Creek, which flows south into the Schuylkill River. The population was 1,318 at the 2010 census. It is served by the Harleysville post office with the zip code of 19438. [1][2][3]

The village of Woxall was originally known as Kroppestettel, which in Pennsylvania Dutch means Crowtown. The village was later named Mechanicsville. By the end of the eighteenth century, the town contained a hotel and restaurant, town hall, shoe shop, wheelwright, and 12 homes. The village kept the name Mechanicsville until 1888 when a post office was established. A new name needed to be selected for the post office because another Pennsylvania town had the same name. After much discussion, residents submitted the name Noxall, "Knocks All" to postal authorities. The name had been read on the side of a bar of a box of soap in the village store. Evidently, they misread the "N" for a "W" and approved the name Woxall for the post office.

The Village of Woxall grew up near the Old Goshenhoppen Church, erected in 1744, where Lutheran and Reformed congregations met. With the arrival of the railroad in 1868, Salfordville, which prospered without railroad or trolley, grew around an old inn. By 1877, it contained a post office, general store, cigar factory, and 19 homes.

Other villages include Bergey, known in 1893 as Branchville, and Salford, called Rudy in the early 1900s. These two villages, along with Woxall and Salfordville, were noted for their general stores that sold a variety of items including fine clocks, furniture, barrel molasses, and quilting thread.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Township". Upper Salford Township Official Website. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "2010 Census". http://www.census.gov. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "History". http://ogrc.org/. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  4. ^ One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Montgomery County Planning Commission (December 2007) "2007 Open Space and Recreation Plan, Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania" http://www.montcopa.org/DocumentCenter/View/2130 Retrieved 15 January 2015.