Introduction to Norristown, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery county, is 15 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It's situated along the Schuylkill River in a fertile agricultural region. Montgomery county government jobs, health care and the legal profession are significant factors for the economy. The municipality has an ethnically diverse population. The community has numerous attractive Victorian mansions. Commuters have easy access to Philadelphia by bus and rail.
Norristown was established as a mill town. It's named in tribute to Isaac Norris, who was a member of the colonial Pennsylvania legislature. He acquired a grant of land that later became Norristown. In the past, it was a major retail center for the rural communities outside of Philadelphia. The construction of the Plaza at King of Prussia and the Plymouth Meeting Mall caused the town's retail business to decline.
- The Valley Forge National Historical Park is close by and worth a visit
- Elmwood Park Zoo features a wide variety of animals
- Norristown Farm Park is a working farm which includes numerous farm buildings from the colonial era. Fishing, hiking, bicycle riding and cross-country skiing are available
- Montgomery County Cultural Center is a popular venue
- The Historic West Marshall Street Shopping District is a notable destination
- Elmwood Park hosts summer concerts
Benjamin Rush, Evansburg, French Creek, Meshaminy and Marsh Creek state parks are located in the region. Fishing and boating are offered on the Schuylkill River. Westover Golf Club, Green Valley Country Club and Jeffersonville Golf Club are within close vicinity to Norristown. Nearby Philadelphia offers a wide assortment of activities and entertainment.
Air travel is available at the Philadelphia International Airport. Norristown Transportation Center serves as the terminus for the Norristown High Speed Rail Line.