The mall pays homage to its predecessor by displaying banners and other objects which hark back to the land's days as an amusement park; a merry-go-round built and installed in operates within the mall. The line was fully double-tracked. Audiences numbering between 15, and 20, on special nights greeted the Damrosch orchestra with unprecedented exuberance. The train, later becoming part of the Reading Railroad, carried , passengers to Willow Grove in , and on the last Sunday of that season, carried more than 45, visitors to the Park.
There were 6, housing units at an average density of 1, The racial makeup of the CDP was Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1. There were 6, households, out of which The average household size was 2. In the CDP, the population was spread out, with The median age was 38 years. For every females, there were For every females age 18 and over, there were Willow Grove's history spans nearly three centuries. Following a land grant established by William Penn , known as the Manor of Moreland, the first home was built in The colonial farmstead slowly grew into a small rural community.
By the midth century, Willow Grove served as a summer vacation retreat for Philadelphia residents. Nicholas More , an English friend and business associate of William Penn, was granted 9, acres of land at an annual rent of a silver shilling for every acres.
The name officially became Willow Grove about when it appeared on a map of Pennsylvania townships. The planting of willow trees to absorb the surrounding swampland strengthened the decision to give Willow Grove its name. The Willow Grove area enjoys its place in Revolutionary War history, as well.
Old York Road was a primary route through Pennsylvania, leading slaves to freedom in Canada. As with many early communities, Willow Grove experienced rapid growth and development, thanks to railroad and trolley expansion toward the end of the 19th, and early 20th centuries.
The economy enjoyed a growth spurt and the Willow Grove area blossomed. Willow Grove Park opened in and was the prototype for numerous parks that followed across the country. In , Willow Grove Park gave way to innovation and progress once again, when it was razed to make way for a new retail concept — the mall. The Willow Grove Park Mall opened in As they had since the early days, the residents of Willow Grove were ready once again to innovate and grow.
Norfolk Southern Railway 's Morrisville Line freight railroad line passes through Willow Grove, running parallel to the south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Cable, telephone, and internet service to the area is provided by Xfinity and Verizon. Willow Grove is served by area codes and The health center, which was founded in , consists of four buildings and offers outpatient hospital services including healthcare programs, medical and administrative offices, and conference and educational facilities.
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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. January Learn how and when to remove this template message. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, Geographic Names Information System. To present a well-rounded program on Monday nights, a complete symphony was presented, and on Friday nights, Wagner became a favorite of the people. Damrosch and his orchestra returned to the Park for five more seasons. Marine Band fame, appeared in and thereafter yearly until , with the exception of one year, , when on world tour.
As a result of these musical triumphs, parks all over the country engaged bands and orchestras, however, it was Willow Grove Park that became known as "The Music Capitol of America. The train, later becoming part of the Reading Railroad, carried , passengers to Willow Grove in , and on the last Sunday of that season, carried more than 45, visitors to the Park.
It is estimated that in the summer season of , the total attendance at the Park was 3,, Old photos reveal that the ladies were clothed in floor-length dresses, while the men wore suits, ties and usually a straw hat.
Bad language was not tolerated. The Association already has under contract, Edouard Taylore, champion of France at middle distance racing.
Around , the Park was purchased by Meyer Davis, who had his own orchestra that performed for dances at the Park. Davis added many new innovations to amuse his patrons, such as performances by elephants, an exhibition of tropical fish under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Fish Culturists, a Perfect Foot Contest sponsored by the Chiropody Society of Pennsylvania, the Inez Wood Diving Nymphs, balloon rides, The Tokio Café, and performances by bands such as that led by Paul Whiteman, the Sultan of Jazz.
The amusement portion of the Park was then purchased by the Hankins in and a lane bowling alley, the largest in the world, built on the Moreland Road side. About , a syndicate leased the amusement section of the Park and converted it into a theme park called "Six-Gun Territory" which gave it a western flavor.
Enjoy superior shopping in the Abington Township, Montgomery County and Greater Philadelphia area at retailers that include Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom Rack. About the Park Willow Grove Park offers a scenic location for an afternoon picnic, a place to fish, overnight camping or just to relax in nature. Located on the shores of Lake Lewisville just minutes from I, its peaceful waters and beautiful surrounding make you feel like you are on a private lake side retreat. Willow Grove Park was an amusement park located in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania (the part which is in Abington Township), United States, that operated for eighty years from until the season. It was generally an alternative to the Woodside Amusement Park in Fairmount Park until its piserialajax.cfon: Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, U.S.