Gladwyne, known until 1891 as “Merion Square”, originally was settled by Welsh Quakers beginning in 1682. It was given its new name to lessen confusion with the many “Merions” in the area, including the town of Merion, Lower Merion Township, and Upper Merion Township, and in imitation of the Welsh names of adjoining towns, although its new name was meaningless in Welsh. Twenty-four mills operated along Mill Creek through the beginning of the twentieth century, and the major road through residential Gladwyne runs along the banks of the creek. Today, Gladwyne boasts sprawling estates (many from the first half of the 20th century) and is one of the top 10 richest zip codes in the country. Gladwyne residents are part of Lower Merion township and attend either Harriton High School or Lower Merion High School.
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Commute to Center City – 16 minutes & 11.2 miles
Average Travel Time – 27 minutes (from Bryn Mawr station)
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