Everybody's favorite hometown
Haverford Township is located in Delaware County and spans across the towns of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Havertown and Ardmore. Originally occupied by just three families in 1682, the township is now home to roughly 50,000 people.
Haverford School District serves as the public education for the area, rated 9/10 on GreatSchools.org. There are many private schools nearby as well, ranging from gradeschools (Montessori, Sacred Heart, Annunciation, St. Aloysius, Friends School, Ss. Colman-John Neumann, Cardinal Foley), to high schools (The Haverford School, Shipley, Sacred Heart, Agnes-Irwin, Notre Dame), to colleges and universities (Haverford College, Rosemont College, Villanova University).
Haverford is a terrific area to both live and work, with convenient access to I-476, I-95, I-76, Route 30, Route 1, and Septa’s regional rail. Areas of Haverford Township range from moderate density suburban homes to sprawling, to luxurious estates. This, perhaps, explains much of the loyalty of residents to the area. There are many who grow up, work, buy a starter home, buy their “forever” home, and retire all within this township.
While few residents move out of Haverford, many buyers want in. With some pockets in very high demand, it is not uncommon for multiple offers to occur on homes for sale when they are priced correctly.
A Foodie's Guide to Havertown
Eagle Road and Darby Road
While many love this area’s convenient access to Philadelphia, Havertown’s main hubs have much to offer – especially food! For breakfast, we recommend McKenna’s Kitchen, which offers authentic Irish cuisine with a rustic/chic décor and outdoor seating. Just down the road is Kettle, the self-described “neighborhood café” that has daily chalkboard special. Havertown Grille’s local patrons enjoy a casual diner-like atmosphere with high quality food and coffee.
Come lunch time, Boccella’s deli is the place to go for top-notch hoagies and cold cuts. Sampann Inn offers the best wonton soup around, with great lunch specials rotating daily. Cenzo’s Pizza is a classic no-frills pizzeria that has a cult-like following of fans.
Later in the day, visit the trendy gastropub Brick n’ Brew for wood-fired pizza and craft cocktails in a cozy setting. Crossbar and Oakmont Pub are two other local favorites in town, with great atmosphere and specials. More of a DIY-er? We have a Brew Your Own Beer store, as well.
The most amazing part about all of this? These delicious eateries are all within walking distance of each other! Downtown Havertown offers a plethora of convenient and delicious options to all local residents. In addition, these independently owned operations are surrounded with other locally owned businesses like florists, bicycle shops, barber shops, and more!
A Visitor's Guide
Haverford's many attractions
Visitors to Haverford Township will find they are never without something to do. Thousands of guests come to the area each year to world-renowned Merion Golf Club, which recently hosted the 2013 U.S. Open. Golfers will also enjoy nearby Llanerch Country Club, McCall Golf Club, and Overbrook Golf Club.
Nature lovers will love to visit Haverford College Arboretum, which preserves stately historic trees throughout the campus. Many of these can be seen along their 2.2 mile nature trail. The Strawbridge Observatory houses a 16” telescope available to the public for stargazing like you’ve never seen! In total, the township has an impressive thirty-seven parks and trails. Another popular site for visitors is along scenic Darby Creek, which is a tributary of the Delaware River and runs 26 miles long. This is one of the earliest areas settled in the township, when David Morris and Samuel Lewis erected a gristmill in 1707.
While the gristmill closed in 1909, many of Haverford Township’s early displays of schools, homes, and industry have been preserved with the help of the Haverford Township Historical Society. Old Haverford Friends Meeting House, Lawrence Cabin, 1797 Federal School, Pont Reading House, Nitre Hall, and the Grange Estate are all incredible displays of history located within the township. These can be toured throughout the year during the Heritage Festival and other similar events.
The active township hosts other events throughout the year, including a 5k race, Haverford Township Day, July 4th parade, and Haverford Music Festival. With so much activity throughout the year, there is never a bad time to visit Haverford Township!