The town of Ardmore, named after an Irish word meaning high ground or hill, provides some of the finest suburban housing of the Philadelphia Main Line. Ardmore boasts over 13,000 residents in its prime location near City Line Avenue. The town has classic stone colonials and brick residences set amidst tree-lined winding roads.
Ardmore was established in 1686, when five Welshmen paid Richard Davis thirty two pounds and sixteen shillings for 410 acres of land, in what is now known as the town's main section. The area was first called Athensville by Dr. James Anderson because of his fascination with the Greek classics. In 1873, the town officially changed its name to Ardmore.
Gradually, Ardmore grew into an important town in the Main Line region, and as such, a railroad station was built to provide transportation into the city. The Ardmore Station became one of the grandest stations of the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1900, Autocar Works first opened as a large manufacturing industry, and spurred the growth of many businesses, several of which are still operated by succeeding generations today.
In 1927, the development of a series of shops clustered around a large department store, movie theater, supermarket, and businesses offices, began. This marked the beginning of one of the nation's oldest shopping centers, Suburban Square.
Still thriving today, Suburban Square has become one of Ardmore's main tourist attractions, and offers an array of exclusive boutiques and department stores. In 1979, Suburban Square received a face-lift and acquired an open mall surrounded by small shops. The movie theater was converted into market stalls which offered a wide variety of foods. The Ardmore Farmer's Market currently offers 17 fresh food vendors and the best in produce, seafood, meats, cheeses, baked goods, flowers, coffees, and delis.
Ardmore also offers residents and visitors many recreational facilities. The town's two major parks, Ardmore Avenue and South Ardmore Playground, allow residents to swim, jog, play tennis, baseball or softball, or take a leisurely stroll around the scenic grounds. The Merion Golf Course provides avid golfers with picturesque settings. Finally, the Ardmore Community Center keeps kids busy with many after school programs, as well as providing tutoring for elementary and high school students.