Sitting at the western edge of the Main Line, the area was originally settled by Welsh immigrants in the 17th century who bought land from William Penn. No official origin to the naming of the Borough of Malvern remains, although several theories abound. The most common suggestions are Malvern Hills in Worcester, Great Britain and Malvern Hill in Virginia. As the Malvern in Pennsylvania is itself raised above the surrounding communities, it is possible either location in Britain or Virginia could have been the influence, but the truth is lost to history. Given that the original settlers were Welsh, Malvern is more likely named after the British location. Malvern is the site of the Paoli Massacre, which occurred September 20, 1777 during the American Revolutionary War under the command of General Anthony Wayne of nearby Easttown. American singer-songwriter Jim Croce, a Philadelphia native, attended Malvern Preparatory School for one year and is buried in Malvern at Haym Salomon Cemetery at 200 Moores Road. The town of Malvern is located in 6 townships and covered by 5 high schools in Chester County. The townships are Charlestown, East Goshen, East Whiteland, Malvern Borough, Tredyffrin and Williston. Downtown Malvern is a walkable destination featuring a number of good restaurants and unique shops. Life in Malvern feels like life out in the country, and the area is home to many horse farms. The Radnor Hunt club is the oldest continuous hunt club in the country and hosts an annual point-to-point in May that attracts spectators and tailgaters from the whole Main Line area.
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