SWARTHMORE BOROUGH 610-543-4599
Swarthmore Borough, the home of D. Patrick Welsh, is one of 49 municipalities in Delaware County. In the town center, the Swarthmore Co-Op stocks locally grown produce and baked goods, and promote sustainable living. Philadelphia becomes easily accessible by one of SEPTA’s regional rail lines, located just around the corner. Like much of southeastern Pennsylvania, Swarthmore is rooted in Quaker history. Swarthmore College was founded by Quakers in 1864, with an emphasis on equality between men and women having access to higher education. Learn more about Quaker history at the Friends Historical Society, housed inside Swarthmore College’s McCabe Library. The college frequently hosts events open to the public, including lectures, concerts, film screenings, and a monthly Observatory Open House courtesy of the astronomy department. The Scott Arboretum encompasses virtually all 357 acres of campus, and is open daily and free to the public.
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NETHER PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP 610-566-4516
Nether Providence Township has many resources centrally located for the convenience of its residents. The library, situated across from post office and right by regional rail, has yoga programs, weekly story time, craft classes, Science in the Summer, and a Lego club. The nearby Community Arts Center offers classes ranging from painting to sculpting to creative writing. The Thomas Leiper House is a historically fully-furnished museum with guided tours. Carrying on the tradition of the area as being historically Quaker, Pendle Hill is a Quaker center, with an open campus that has walking trails and a bed and breakfast, perfect for a local retreat and “home away from home.” The township has eight parks, playgrounds, walking and biking trails, and an arboretum that offers walking tours.
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RUTLEDGE BOROUGH 610-544-1028
Rutledge Borough encompasses less than half of a square mile, making it a very cozy and walkable community. It has a park with a basketball court and a baseball field, and is within walking distance to several schools and public transportation.
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ROSE VALLEY BOROUGH 610-566-2040
Rose Valley is a small borough, less than one square mile in area and under 1,000 people in population. Most residences features spacious, sprawling yards and tree-lined streets. Rose Valley is also the home of the historic Hedgerow Theatre, the first repertory theatre in America.
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