Introduction to Hatboro, Pennsylvania
The area, now known as Hatboro, was originally purchased from William Penn by Nicholas More's family in 1705. John Dawson, an English hatter, came to this region in 1715 and built a house, which came to be known as the Crooked Billet Inn, and the village was referred to as "Billet". In 1740, the community was named "Hatborough" since its residents were involved with the manufacturing of hats. Through the 1750s, the community grew as a stage coach stop on the Old York Road between Philadelphia and New York. The area was the site of the Battle of Crooked Billet, a Revolutionary War skirmish that took place on May 1, 1778. The community was officially christened "Hatboro" in the 1880s.
Hatboro and Nearby Attractions
- Mercer Museum
- Oscar Hammerstein II Farm
- Abington Art Center
- Independence National Historical Park
- Bulls Island Natural Area
- Elmwood Park Zoo
Things To Do In Hatboro
There are a number of places of historic interest in the town of Hatboro including 18th and 19th century buildings like the Loller Academy, John Harrison House, the Grist Mill, Crooked Billet Inn, and the Crooked Billet Battle Monument. The Mercer Museum showcases artifacts depicting the pre-industrial history of America, while exhibits at the Glencairn Museum focus on the history of religion. Bulls Island Natural Area, a 24-acre island on the Delaware River, features nature trails and camping areas. Activities like hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, fishing, and camping can also be enjoyed at the Neshaminy State Park, and Fort Washington State Park. In addition, the community of Hatboro hosts annual events like the Hatboro Carnival & Fun festival, and Annual Holiday Parade.
The closest major airport is Philadelphia International Airport.
Hatboro Higher Education
Arcadia University, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Montgomery County Community College, and Manor College are some of the colleges near Hatboro.