Haverford Township is a safe, stable, and vibrant community with a rich history. Originally home to the Lenape Indians, the land was laid out by William Penn as part of the Welsh Tract in 1684, and following the American Revolution was home to the second largest powder mill in the United States. We cherish our history. Several of our historic properties are open to the public and provide a glimpse into the past, including Lawrence Cabin, the Grange Estate, the Federal School and Nitre Hall. Haverford College, founded in 1833, houses several historic buildings and numerous heritage trees on its impressive 200 acre campus and arboretum.
With the development of toll roads and trolley lines at the turn of the century, homes in Haverford Township were rapidly built to satisfy the needs of commuters who wanted access to work in the city, while enjoying the warmth of a small town. This led to the population almost doubling between 1900 and 1925. At only 6 miles from Center City Philadelphia, and with five stops on the SEPTA high speed line, Haverford Township is still a mecca for the nearly 50,000 residents who want to work in Philadelphia or enjoy its cultural benefits.
The Township includes all of Havertown and sections of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Ardmore, and Wynnewood, and Drexel HIll.
With its charming tree-lined streets, lovely parks, and well-kept homes and lawns, Haverford Township, even with its sizable population, still feels like a village. It’s a place where Mom’s clubs, youth sports leagues, and scout troops flourish, and where hundreds of volunteer firefighters have served this community each year for nearly a century, and continue to do so.
Step into one of our neighborhoods and you’ll see residents sitting on their front porches, taking evening strolls, and turning their neighbors into life-long friends. An astounding percentage of families have chosen to live here for generations, and new residents are amazed by the warmth of our community.
Our people make Haverford Township a wonderful place!