Haverford

Havertown is a residential suburban unincorporated community in

Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States,

approximately 9 miles west of the center of  Philadelphia. Haveford

Township was founded in 1833.

The transformation of Haverford Township from an agrarian spread of

farms and mills began just after the turn of the 20th century. The

railroads bought acres of land west of Cobb's Creek for their planned

developments. Rail lines ran from 69th Street in Upper Darby outward

to Ardmore, West Chester and Norristown. Along the rail lines the railroad built the first planned suburban communities Llanerch, 1897 and the most fully developed, Brookline, 1909. While Beechwood, Oakmont and Manoa date from the same period the major housing tracts do not appear until after World War II along with the development of Chatham Park. These communities are now included under the fictitious postal address "Havertown." The first Welsh settlers called this area "Harford." Several golf courses were developed in Haverford.

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