Berwyn, Pennsylvania

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Berwyn station (SEPTA)
Location within Chester County and Pennsylvania
Location within Chester County and Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°2′44″N 75°26′22″W / 40.04556°N 75.43944°W / 40.04556; -75.43944Coordinates: 40°2′44″N 75°26′22″W / 40.04556°N 75.43944°W / 40.04556; -75.43944
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyChester
TownshipEasttown
Government
Area
 • Total1.9 sq mi (4.8 km2)
 • Land1.9 sq mi (4.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
520 ft (160 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total3,631
 • Density2,000/sq mi (760/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
19312
Area code(s)610 and 484
FIPS code42-05904
GNIS feature ID1169323

Berwyn is a census-designated place (CDP) in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,631 at the 2010 census.[1] The area is part of Philadelphia's Main Line suburbs.

History[edit]

At times, the village has been called Cocheltown, Reeseville, Glassley and Gaysville. The town received its present name in 1877 during the celebration of its centennial when one of the Welsh settlers proposed to name the village after the Berwyn Hills overlooking the Valley of the Dee River in Denbighshire, Wales.

Geography[edit]

Berwyn residential neighborhood (2009)

Berwyn is located at 40°2′44″N 75°26′22″W / 40.04556°N 75.43944°W / 40.04556; -75.43944.[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km2), all of it land.[3]

Berwyn is located within Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships. The area is part of Philadelphia's Main Line suburbs.

Demographics[edit]

The population was 3,631 at the 2010 census.[1] Prior to 2010 it was part of the Devon-Berwyn CDP.

Culture[edit]

Berwyn is home of the Footlighters' Theater, a non-profit theater that has provided entertainment for over 80 years. Footlighters' Theater is the oldest community theater on the Philadelphia Main Line.[4]

Points of interest include the Easttown Public Library, the Upper Main Line YMCA, Teegarden Park and Glen Brook Farm.

The Easttown Public Library was founded in 1905 and is a member of the Chester County Library System which consists of the 18 public libraries in the county. The Upper Main Line YMCA was founded in 1962 and sits on the former 124-acre summer estate owned by investment banker J. Gardner Cassatt, the brother of famed painter Mary Cassatt and railroad magnate Alexander Cassatt.

Economy[edit]

Ametek, Hardinge, Inc., Trinseo, Triumph Group, and TE Connectivity have their operational headquarters in Berwyn.

Education[edit]

The public school system is Tredyffrin/Easttown School District.[5] Schools serving portions of the Berwyn CDP are Beaumont and Devon elementary schools in Easttown Township and Hillside Elementary School in Tredyffrin Township.[6]

The district operates two middle schools, Tredyffrin/Easttown and Valley Forge, both in Tredyffrin Township. Conestoga High School, located in Tredyffrin, near the Berwyn CDP, serves the CDP; as does Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School.[citation needed]

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia operates area Catholic parish schools. In 2012 the Catholic grade school St. Monica closed.[7]

Parks[edit]

Frank Johnson Memorial Park, in the Berwyn CDP, is operated by the township government. It has a pavilion with toilets, basketball courts, an open field, a "tot lot", and volleyball courts.[5][8]

Also, Crabby Creek Park, in Berwyn, is operated by the township government. It is a 48 acre park, located off Walnut Lane at Bodine Road in Berwyn, which serves as passive open space and a stream corridor buffer for Crabby Creek[9]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Berwyn CDP, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  2. ^ US Geological Survey 7.5 minute topographic map series
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Berwyn CDP, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "Footlighters' Theater History" Foolighters' Theater, retrieved February 27, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Berwyn CDP, PA." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "TESDmap2015.pdf." Tredyffrin/Easttown School District. Retrieved on October 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "2012 Catholic grade school consolidations/closings". Catholicphilly.com. July 15, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  8. ^ "Johnson Park." Easttown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Retrieved on October 9, 2018. "The park is located at 122 Bridge Avenue in Berwyn."
  9. ^ "Township Parks and Open Space | Tredyffrin Township". www.tredyffrin.org. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  10. ^ Bennett, Kitty. Svengoolie (TV host) "Where Are They Now? Julie and David Eisenhower", AARP Bulletin, December 22, 2010. p. 1.

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