Introduction to Norwood, Pennsylvania
Norwood, Pennsylvania, in Delaware county, is 8 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Native American tribes were the original inhabitants of this region. Morton Mortonson, a Swedish immigrant, who received more than 650 acres as a grant, and came to this region in 1654 and built the Mortonson Homestead, which is now known as Prospect Park. In 1718, Andrew Morton, his son, inherited a large tract of land. In 1734, Andrew gifted 128 acres of this property to his daughter, Katherine Grantham. This eventually became the borough of Norwood. The community, which was named after Henry Ward Beecher's 1867 novel, "Norwood," was formally established by John Cochran who laid out town lots. Norwood was officially incorporated on November 6, 1893.
Norwood and Nearby Attractions
- National Museum of American Jewish History
- Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Philadelphia Zoo
- Ridley Creek State Park
- Adventure Aquarium
Things To Do In Norwood
Norwood is home to the Morton Morton House which was built sometime around 1750. This house has been placed on the list of National Register of Historic Places. Artifacts and memorabilia of historical significance are showcased in the nearby National Museum of American Jewish History, Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, and American Swedish Historical Museum. Collections of Asian, American, and European art, as well as Pennsylvania German artworks, can be viewed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The town also offers easy access to several historic sites like the Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation, Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, Fort Mifflin, and Independence National Park. The 2,606-acre Ridley Creek State Park offers facilities for hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and picnicking. Other popular attractions in the area include the Adventure Aquarium, Camden Children's Garden, Elmwood Park Zoo, and the Philadelphia Zoo.
Philadelphia International Airport is the closest major airport.
Norwood Higher Education
Swarthmore College, Widener University, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania Institute of Technology are some of the colleges near Norwood.