Introduction to Paoli, Pennsylvania
Paoli, Pennsylvania, in Chester county, is 17 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 1719 Joshua Evans' father purchased a 500-acre site from a certain William Penn. In 1969, Joshua Evans opened an inn which he named 'Paoli' in honor of the Corsican General Pasquale Paoli after receiving the 45th toast while celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The Battle of Paoli where the British launched a surprise attack on the American troops is also associated with this inn. The settlement that gradually developed around the inn gave rise to the modern Paoli.
Paoli and Nearby Attractions
- Adventure Aquarium
- Chester County Historical Society
- Valley Forge Historical Society Museum
- Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
- Valley Forge National Historical Park
Things To Do In Paoli
The place where the Continental Army camped during 1777 and 1778 can be accessed from Paoli. More than 2,000 men died at the site which is now referred to as the Valley Forge National Historical Park. The deaths were caused from shortage of clothing and other provisions during winter. The place has earned recognition in Rudyard Kipling's poem, The American Rebellion. The home of famous craftsman Wharton Esherick, who was recognized as "Dean of American Craftsmen" by the national art and design community, is also close to Paoli. Biking, horseback riding, hiking, and fishing opportunities are available at Ridley Creek State Park.
Philadelphia International Airport is nearby.
Paoli Higher Education
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Penn State Great Valley, and Eastern University are located close to Paoli.