Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

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Plymouth Meeting is a census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,593 at the 2000 census. It is home to the Colonial School District, the recently renovated Plymouth Meeting Mall (which includes restaurants such as PF Changs, Redstone Grill, Hibachi, Whole Foods and California Pizza Kitchen, as well as several large office parks and shopping centers). Plymouth Meeting is also home to Ikea's U.S. headquarters.[1] Plymouth Meeting and Plymouth Township are affluent areas known for their quality of life, tree lined streets and excellent park and school systems. The area is desirable because of its close proximity to Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Conshohocken, King of Prussia, Blue Bell and Lafayette Hill in adjacent Whitemarsh township.

Plymouth Meeting is officially a village which lies within Plymouth Township and a smaller portion within Whitemarsh Township. Plymouth and Whitemarsh Townships share a high school with Conshohocken borough. The term Plymouth Meeting generally refers to most of Plymouth Township as the townships zip code is congruent with that of Plymouth Meeting. Ironically, the Plymouth Meeting post office is actually located just outside Plymouth Township within Whitemarsh township. The entire area is generally referred to as "Plymouth Whitemarsh" as is the high school.

The small Catholic school Epiphany of Our Lord in Plymouth Meeting was recently awarded the Blue Ribbon School designation.

Plymouth Meeting is the home of Odyssey Fastpitch Softball, a competitive girls travel/tournament softball organization.

LaSalle University maintains a satellite campus in Plymouth Meeting.

Plymouth Township is one of the wealthiest Philadelphia suburbs in line with its immediate neighbors, Blue Bell and Lafayette Hill.

Villanova University maintains its baseball facilities on the grounds of the Greater Plymouth Township Community Center. The park has a walking trail, sand volleyball courts, indoor basketball and a swimming pool. Concerts are held in the summer as well as a bocce ball league.

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History

The township was originally settled by members of the "Society of Friends", or Quakers, who worshipped in the Plymouth Friends Meetinghouse. They sailed from Devonshire, England on the ship "Desire", arriving in Philadelphia on June 23, 1686. The Township takes its name from the settlers' hometown of Plymouth in Devonshire.

What is now Germantown Pike was ordered laid out by the Provincial Government in 1687 as a "cart road" from Philadelphia to Plymouth Meeting. The actual road was not finished until 1804, when it was built at a cost of $11,287. A road from Plymouth Meeting to Gwynedd appears to have been built in 1751. What is now Chemical Road, following Plymouth Creek, was opened in 1759 to provide access to a new grist mill.

In the early 19th century the Hickorytown Hotel, on Germantown Pike opposite Hickory Road, was a prominent road house. Robert Kennedy, an officer in the Revolution, operated the inn in 1801. In 1806 it was kept by Frederick Dull and in 1825, Jacob Hart. In the beginning of the 19th century it was a training place for the 36th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia and the Second Battalion of Montgomery County. The Friendship Company for the Protection against Horse Stealing was organized there in 1807. Township elections were held there as well, and a post office was established there in May 1857. The Plymouth Meeting Post Office appears to have been established sometime prior to 1827.

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