Bethayres, Pennsylvania

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Bethayres
Unincorporated community
Huntingdon Pike, Bethayres PA 02.JPG
Corner of Huntingdon Pk. and Philmont Ave.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Township Lower Moreland
Elevation 144 ft (43.9 m)
Coordinates 40°06′50″N 75°04′16″W / 40.11389°N 75.07111°W / 40.11389; -75.07111Coordinates: 40°06′50″N 75°04′16″W / 40.11389°N 75.07111°W / 40.11389; -75.07111
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 215
Location of Bethayres in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Bethayres is an unincorporated community in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is named for Elizabeth Ayres, who lived at 2410 Huntingdon Pike, in a house now owned by Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church. As an unincorporated place, it is served by the Huntingdon Valley post office; for this reason, it is often said to be a section of Huntingdon Valley.

Bethayres has a station on the SEPTA West Trenton Regional Rail line, providing access to Philadelphia and New Jersey.

History[edit]

The community got its name when the railroad came to the area in the 1870s. Elizabeth Ayres, a local woman, had a son who worked for Reading Railroad. He named the station after his mother, and the community around the station and around the intersection of Welsh Rd and Huntingdon Pike became known as Bethayres. Bethayres and its northern neighbor, Huntingdon Valley had separate post offices until they became one post office. Until the name was changed to solely Huntingdon Valley Post Office, Huntingdon Valley-Bethayres was the longest postal name in the United States.

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