Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania

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Whitemarsh Township is a Home Rule Municipality in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. However, it maintains its former classification of "Township" in its official name. The population was 16,702 at the 2000 census.

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History

Whitemarsh was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape tribe of Native Americans. It was first settled by the colonists in 1683, as part of a tract of land owned by Major Jasper Farmar. Shortly after its founding, in 1683, the discovery of limestone in nearby Oreland drew settlers to Whitemarsh. Whitemarsh Township was incorporated in 1704 as part of Philadelphia County and was one of the 28 original communities that comprised Montgomery County when it was erected in 1784.

During the American Revolutionary War, both the Battle of White Marsh and the Battle of Barren Hill took place within the township.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 14.7 square miles (38.1 km²), of which, 14.6 square miles (37.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.68%) is water.

Adjacent to the Andorra section of Philadelphia, Whitemarsh is bordered in Montgomery County by Springfield, Upper Dublin, Whitpain, and Plymouth Townships and Conshohocken Borough. It is also bordered by the Schuylkill River, which separates it from Lower Merion Township.

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