Think of green space and history. Whitemarsh Township has plenty of each. Its residents work hard at keeping them!
From numerous local pocket parks, to the 483 acre Fort Washington State Park with its open spaces, its woodsy quiet hiking trails, its picnic groves, to the wondrous Green River Preserve Trail developed by the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, to the green lands around Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Whitemarsh Township residents enjoy the fresh air and scenic splendors of nature. It’s all cared for by an active Whitemarsh Township Parks & Recreation Department that promotes programs and volunteerism.
Spring Mill, Barren Hill, Cold Point, Farmar, Plymouth Meeting, Marble Hill, Broad Axe—tantalizing names of current neighborhoods and communities, but also ancient names that recognize the history of what was for so many years the rural, agricultural area that was Whitemarsh. Hunt for the original lime kilns favored by William Penn, for Hope Lodge and Sandy Run Tavern made famous during the Revolution, for Abolition Hall at Butler and Germantown Pikes where Frederick Douglass and Lucretia Mott rallied for the end of slavery.
Natural environment, historic character and the predominant residential feel of the Township continues to attract newcomers and to retain the old. Housing stock in Whitemarsh Township includes early colonial homes, grand estates on broad acreage, tract homes, late 20th century and early 21st century development of townhomes, split levels, two-story colonials, even some row homes, ranches, and some noted contemporary residences.
Whitemarsh Township is committed to retaining the feel of its neighborhoods and has established an Open Space Committee and a Historical Architectural Review Board for that purpose with the hope to moderate the influences of development on open green spaces and important historic sites.
Population: More than 14,000
Public transportation: Bus, commuter train
Schools: Colonial School District, Germantown Academy, AIM Academy, The Miquon School
Distance from Center City Philadelphia: Approximately 15 miles
Distance from King of Prussia: Approximately 6 miles.