Introduction to Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Lansdale, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery county, is 21 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The community of Lansdale was named in honor of the chief surveyor of the North Penn Railroad, Phillip Lansdale Fox. The area around the train station was owned by the Jenkins family. According to the traditions of the time, the town should have been named "Jenkintown," but this name was not adopted since another community by the same name already existed in the region. Legend has it that there was once a mysterious H tree in Lansdale. This tree, which was said to be the entrance to hell, was later cut down to make room for houses. In the early 20th century, Lansdale was home to many industries including a silk mill, a canning factory, foundries, brickyards, and agricultural implement works.
Lansdale and Nearby Attractions
- Mercer Museum
- Valley Forge National Historical Park
- Bulls Island Natural Area
- Elmwood Park Zoo
- Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
- Tyler State Park
Things To Do In Lansdale
Artifacts and memorabilia of historical significance are showcased in the Valley Forge Historical Society Museum, Mennonite Heritage Center, and Mercer Museum. Lansdale is also close to numerous places of historic interest including the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Oscar Hammerstein II Farm, Abington Art Center, Peter Wentz Farmstead, and Valley Forge National Historical Park. The 24-acre Bulls Island Natural Area is an island situated on the Delaware River which features nature trails and camping areas. The Evansburg State Park includes a golf course. Recreational activities like fishing, swimming, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Tyler State Park, Neshaminy State Park, and Ridley Creek State Park.
The nearest major airport is Philadelphia International Airport.
Lansdale Higher Education
Gwynedd-Mercy College, Montgomery County Community College, and Delaware Valley Collegeare some of the colleges close to Lansdale.