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Neighborhood Profile: ELKINS PARK

Posted on: August 5, 2013

History:  Elkins Park is in Montgomery County, Pa and is split between Abington and Cheltenham Townships.  Cheltenham Township, as it exists today, is the product of over 300 years of history. The interactions of numerous generations have created a tapestry of events and people that have shaped both the physical and cultural development of the Township.

The story of Philadelphia’s first suburb is filled with names of local, regional, and national significance. The physical manifestation of this history is the unique building stock that lends Cheltenham Township its sense of place and character. It is the express desire of the Township to promote and preserve these historical artifacts through the expansion of regulatory tools and historic preservation efforts.

Cheltenham Township was created in 1682 as part of Philadelphia County. It was not until September 10, 1784 that Montgomery County was formed and Cheltenham became its smallest Township. William Penn deeded land grants to fifteen fellow Englishmen. Each was deeded a small parcel of land in the City of Philadelphia and a larger area, comprising of between 100 and 500 acres, in Cheltenham Township.  (Cheltenham Township.org)

Boundaries:  Elkins Park borders the City of Philadelphia along Cheltenham Avenue, and is roughly 9 miles from Center City, Philadelphia.

Zip Codes: 19027.

What to See and Do: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Beth Sholom Synagogue, Lynnewood Hall, Richard Wall House, High School Park

More Information: Abington Township, Cheltenham Township.

Schools: School District of Cheltenham Township.

Public Transportation: SEPTA bus routes 28, 55, 70 and 77 and  SEPTA Regional Rail trains on the Warminster LineWest Trenton Line and Lansdale/Doylestown Line at the Elkins Park Station.

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