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It is named after a grove of Willow trees that grew in the general area when it was originally settled.
Several businesses, shopping centers and residential developments in the general area of the crossroads are named for Willowdale.
Willowdale is located at 39° 52' 27" North, 75° 43' 5" West.
It is located at the cross roads of Pennsylvania Routes 926 and 82, between Kennett Square and Unionville, Pennsylvania. In addition, it is very close to Longwood Gardens and just a 20 minute drive from downtown Wilmington, DE.
Willowdale is located in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.
Willowdale Steeplechase: The Willowdale Steeplechase Races are sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association and attract some of the best racehorses and top jockeys from around the world. Set in a natural amphitheatre the course features traditional European hedges, post and rail fences and a spectacular water jump.
Longwood Gardens (About 5 minutes from Willowdale): 1,050 acres (4.2 km2) of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres (16,000 m²) of heated greenhouses; 11,000 different types of plants; spectacular fountains. An international garden destination.
Brandywine Battlefield (About 15 minutes from Willowdale): The Battle of Brandywine and the American Revolution are presented in the Museum which is part of the park's modern Visitor Center. A permanent interpretive exhibit and an audio-visual presentation graphically tell the story of the battle and its relation to the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777. Changing exhibits cover other topics of interest pertaining to the American Revolution and offer something new for the frequent visitor.