Small Town Charm, Growing in Popularity!
A borough in Chester County, PA, Phoenixville is located about 28 miles Northwest of Philadelphia near the Schuylkill River. The town sits at the intersection of highway routes 23, 29, and 113, allowing for easy and flexible commuting options. The town measures in at a total area of 3.8 square miles with a population of over 16,000 people, and is surrounded by East Pikeland Township to its West, Schuylkill Township to its South and East, and Upper Providence Township (Montgomery County) to its North.
The Phoenixville Area School District is the main district and houses 6 schools. East Pikeland, a grade 1-5 school, is rated 8/10, while the others are ranked 7/10. Additionally, there are 2 local Colleges in the town; Delaware County Community College and University of Valley Forge.
Real Estate is on the upswing as well, with home values steadily increasing year over year. With a current median home price of $222,000, many real estate forecasters predict they will rise 2.7% per year.
Generations of building
Even before it was incorporated in 1849, Phoenixville was a leader in the industrial industry. French Creek Nail Works, the very first nail factory in the United States, opened its doors in 1790. In 1809, they developed iron nails that were manufactured my machinery, allowing for larger production capabilities. In 1813 the company was purchased by Lewis Wernwag, who renamed it Phoenix Iron Works. Over the next 160 years, ownership of the company would change several times, but not without cutting edge-technology and sizable investments along the way. PIW always had the latest equipment, including an un-heard-of 3 blast furnaces by the middle of the 1850’s. Eventually the company would produce guns during the Civil War and had purchase orders from the government.
In 1849, the town would change its name from Manavon to Phoenixville, paying homage to that of their largest employer of jobs.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Phoenixville was site to many boiler works, silk mills, hosiery factories, and a match factory. The borough also great benefitted from it’s location; being adjacent to the Schuylkill River, which intersects with French Creek, machinery was able to be used with the power of water allowing for a major engineering advantage.
So Much To See
And So Much To Do
The borough is located within a 20 minute drive of both Valley Forge and King of Prussia, where you will find an abundance of historical landmarks and recreational facilities!
At over 3,500 acres, Valley Forge National Historical Park is one of your best bets to traveling back to the Civil War. With no shortage of attractions you can visit the home used by George Washington as his headquarters, the Washington Memorial Chapel (which is still in service today), the National Memorial Arch, and much more. There is plenty of open space for hiking, and general areas for enjoying the outdoors.
For those into the arts, The Colonial Theatre is just your ticket. Built in 1903, the Colonial had a major starring role in The Blob, a movie starring Steve McQueen in 1958 and was considered a success. The Colonial is a workhorse, open 7 days a week, showing a variety of art, independent films, live concerts, community events, and more.
If you are planning on staying a while and love to contribute to your community, consider attending the Beautification Advisory Commission that meets the 2nd Monday of every month. Their overall objective is to preserve our beautiful borough, while enhancing it with new landscaping & planting projects.