Swedeland, Pennsylvania

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Swedeland, Pennsylvania

Matsunk
Unincorporated community
Swedeland is located in Pennsylvania
Swedeland
Swedeland
Coordinates: 40°05′16″N 75°19′52″W / 40.08778°N 75.33111°W / 40.08778; -75.33111Coordinates: 40°05′16″N 75°19′52″W / 40.08778°N 75.33111°W / 40.08778; -75.33111
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyMontgomery
TownshipUpper Merion
Elevation
128 ft (39 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
19406
Area code(s)610 and 484
GNIS feature ID1189158[1]

Swedeland is a small unincorporated community in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. It was founded as "Matsunk" by Swedish settlers in 1710. The name was changed to Swedeland sometime in the late 19th century.

History[edit]

Situated along the Schuylkill River and the Matsunk creek the Swedish villages was composed of about 19 homes. After the conquering of the Swedish colony by the Dutch, followed by English control, in 1664, a third generation settler with the New Sweden Colony named Peter Yocum the Third (1678-1753) established Swedeland.[2] William Penn offered the Swedish and Finnish colonists land from his grant in this Upper Merion area.[3]

By the mid-19th century Abraham Supplee operated a factory producing Kentucky Jean, employing some 25 hands. The extensive works of the Swede Iron Company were also here, consisting of two large furnaces and a rail road leading from the Iron ore mines to the Schuylkill River.

The land in the vicinity Swedeland/Matsunk was known for its fertile soil, limestone and Iron ore quarries. The Alan Wood Steel Company built a massive steel Plant and Coking Facility in Swedeland in 1919 this brought forth a need for additional housing. Alan Wood Steel operated into the early 1980s.

The Swedeland Volunteer Fire Company was formed in 1920 and continues to protect the citizens of Upper Merion and nearby communities. Swedeland has continued its industrial heritage and is surrounded by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, chemical manufacturer Lonza, the Renaissance Business Park and The Philadelphia Newspapers Incorporated Complex.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swedeland". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "NOTES OF FAMILY HISTORY - THE ANDERSON, SCHOFIELD, PENNYPACKER, YOCUM, CRAWFORD, SUTTON, LANE, RICHARDSON, BEVAN, AUBREY, BARTHOLOMEW, DeHAVEN, JERMAIN AND WALKER FAMILIES".
  3. ^ Hoffecker, Carol E. (1 January 1995). New Sweden in America. University of Delaware Press. p. 210.

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