There are so many reasons W.B. Homes became a home builder in Montgomery County PA but most have to do with the community and our sense of place here in Montco, as it is affectionately known. Steeped in history, surrounded by natural beauty and oozing charm and character, Montgomery County and its small townships are something special – worlds away from the big city life of Philadelphia.
Despite being one of Pennsylvania’s most populous counties, Montco has managed to retain the sleepier, more genial feel, associated with another time while offering residents and visitors so many options – from world class dining, antique shopping and historic sites to river trails and canoe tours down the Schuylkill River.
We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day 2021 than exploring this magical corner of Pennsylvania that we call home. Here are a few suggestions:
For History Buffs – Here in Montco, many of your grade school history lessons will come flooding back to you as you visit some of the country’s most historically significant sites.
- Valley Forge National Historical Park – It is here that George Washington led a battle-weary Continental Army and set up camp for six months in 1777. Visit the reconstructed huts on the site of General Peter Muhlenberg’s encampment that served as temporary barracks for Washington’s men; the two-story stone building that served as George Washington’s headquarters during his time in Valley Forge; and the Artillery Park lined with rows of cannons.
- Bryn Athyn – This town is a must-see. Established in the late 19th century as a religious community, Bryn Athyn is home to a rich and fascinating historic district where you’ll find the Cairnwood estate, a cathedral and a museum that provide a peak of what life was like in the late 1800s. Tour the opulent estate and witness how the founding Pitcairn family lived luxuriously in this beaux-arts style home. Bryn Athyn’s grand Gothic inspired cathedral boasts resplendent, floor to ceiling stained glass windows and shouldn’t be missed.
- Fort Washington –Though no actual fort exists anymore, one did and it was built by General Washington. Regardless, the area is still imbued with history and is well worth a visit. Here you can quite literally relive history. In November, you can experience a re-enactment of the American Revolution at Hope Lodge (the 1877 Whitemarsh Encampment) or watch an old fashioned hunt (minus foxes) at Highlands Mansion & Gardens.
For Shoppers – Looking to spend some of that money saved during the pandemic? Well, the options in Montco towns are varied and plenty:
- If you are searching for a unique antique piece, be sure to visit the town of Narberth where you’ll find shops like Nannygoat Antiques and Vintage Style. Prices are reasonable and selection is impressive.
- For more contemporary fare, visit charming Here you’ll find a variety of retail boutiques almost all locally owned and operated as well as some of the region’s best fine dining options.
- In Ardmore, you’ll find the vibrant and pedestrian-friendly Suburban Square, first established in 1928, and now featuring big name brand stores like lululemon, West Elm, and Madewell.
- For fresh produce, flowers, artisanal handicrafts and gourmet food products, check out the farmer’s market next door to Suburban Square.
For Nature Lovers – With over 90 miles of trails winding through the county, the options for a leisurely (or heart pumping) bike ride or stroll are endless:
- Valley Forge Park – In addition to the historically significant sites at Valley Forge, the 3500 acre park is also home to rivers, streams, forested wetlands, an eastern deciduous forest and tall grass meadows – all worth exploring once the history lesson is over!
- Green Lane Park – Spanning 3400 acres of northwestern Montgomery County, Green lake park offers visitors all kinds of year-round recreational options including camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing and boating. The park also hosts summer concerts, movies and environmental education programs.
- Schuylkill River – Much of the trail system runs alongside the Schuylkill River providing bucolic views and scenic routes. Consider a ride to the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove where you can kick start a new birding hobby.
- Crave Montco Month – This month-long initiative was launched to kick start the food and beverage industry again, celebrating the over 1,600 restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries active in Montco. A long list of participating businesses will showcase their best creations throughout the month of July.
- 23rd Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn – This 5 day guided paddling excursion begins on July 31, 2021 from Jim Dietrich Park in Muhlenberg. Participants can opt to participate in one day, few day or all five days of the event. Registration is now open!
- Bucks County Wine Trail – For all the oenophiles out there, sample wine from family-owned wineries in a day, over a weekend or however you please. Running now to August 31, you can purchase a “Passport to Bucks” card for $40 to participate. This card entitles you to a complimentary wine flight, wine tasting or micro tasting at each of the participating wineries.
If you are lucky enough to live here, count your blessings. If you are interested in moving to the area and looking for a home builder in Montgomery County PA, consider W.B. Homes. Our exclusive Overlook at Gwynedd is ideally situated in Montco’s prestigious Lower Gwynedd and features 17 beautifully appointed carriage homes to choose from.
For additional information on this community, reach out to W.B. Homes Trusted Advisor, Donna. She’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about the Overlook at Gwynedd or any other W.B. Homes’ communities in Montgomery County.