Introduction to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, in Delaware county, is 10 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The community of Swarthmore was officially founded in 1893. In the early 19th century, the area was known as "Westdale" or "West Dale" in honor of Benjamin West, America's first internationally famous artist. In 1854, a train station was constructed for the train service between Philadelphia and Media. Following the establishment of Swarthmore College in 1864, the station was renamed "Swarthmore." Eventually, the community adopted this name. Development companies began to build homes in 1886, and by 1892, Swarthmore had its own distinctive identity complete with a business district, residential area, a college, post office, and train station. On March 6, 1893, Swarthmore was incorporated as a borough. By the mid-1900s, the community had become a suburban college town.
Swarthmore and nearby Attractions
- Independence National Historical Park
- Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site
- Bellevue State Park
- American Swedish Historical Museum
- Philadelphia Zoo
- Adventure Aquarium
Things To Do In Swarthmore
Swarthmore is close to a number of historic sites like Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, and Fort Mifflin. Various artifacts reflecting the region's historical and cultural heritage are housed in the American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Wharton Esherick Museum. Independence National Historical Park, which encompasses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall, is a popular attraction in the area. Spread across 2,606 acres, Ridley Creek State Park offers facilities for fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and picnicking. Among the other places to visit near Swarthmore are Adventure Aquarium, Camden Children's Garden, Elmwood Park Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, and Longwood Gardens.
Philadelphia International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Swarthmore Higher Education
Swarthmore is home to the Swarthmore College. Other colleges close by are Delaware County Community College, Neumann College, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, and Widener University.