Introduction to Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery county, is 15 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, 6,395 people lived in Blue Bell.
Blue Bell History
This region was once known as "Pigeontown" because of the large gatherings of passenger pigeons in the area. In 1840, the community was renamed "Blue Bell" after the historically significant Blue Bell Inn. The town is known for its major business parks, large executive-style mansions, and community shopping facilities. Money magazine's July 2005 edition placed Blue Bell at the 14th position among the "100 Best Places to Live in the United States". It is now a census-designated place in the Township of Whitpain in Montgomery County.
Blue Bell and Nearby Attractions
- National Museum of American Jewish History
- Mennonite Heritage Center
- Valley Forge National Historical Park
- Elmwood Park Zoo
- Bulls Island Natural Area
- Adventure Aquarium
Things To Do In Blue Bell
Blue Bell is close to a number of historic sites and museums. Artifacts depicting the historical and cultural heritage of the region can be viewed at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Mennonite Heritage Center, James A. Michener Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Valley Forge Historical Society Museum. Some places of historic interest near Blue Bell are Brandywine Battlefield, Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, Hope Lodge, and Oscar Hammerstein II Farm. Independence National Historical Park, which includes the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, is another popular destination in the area. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Meadowlands Country Club. Visitors can also enjoy swimming, fishing, biking, boating, horseback riding, and picnicking at the Nockamixon State Park, Ralph Stover State Park, Neshaminy State Park, and Ridley Creek State Park.
Blue Bell Transportation
The closest major airport is Philadelphia International Airport.
Blue Bell Higher Education
Blue Bell is home to a campus of the Montgomery County Community College. Chestnut Hill College, and Gwynedd-Mercy College are located nearby.