Carol Ogelsby

Alison Farrell

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Radnor is a lively, exciting town, with strong community life and support. Radnor has a rich history, dating back to the Lenni Lenape Indians and was settled in 1663 by Welsh Quakers.  The immigrants opened gristmills, sawmills, and tanneries in addition to the farmland they had already cleared and tilled. The town grew, becoming prominent enough to serve as a stop on the Conestoga Road, which connected Philadelphia and Lancaster.

When the Pennsylvania Railroad was established in 1832, Radnor became more accessible to the city, and vice versa.  It acquired more residents and additional homes, hotels, and businesses.  Wealthy industrialists developed grand, luxurious estates and sprawling country mansions.  After the first and second world wars, many of these were redeveloped into commercial centers, schools, colleges, country clubs, and religious institutions.  They are now evidence of Radnor's rich historical heritage.

Radnor has one of the best school public systems, which has been rated the finest in the nation. Additionally, the local government has strived and succeeded in providing the town with a high level of service, making it a wonderful residence for anyone. Numerous lush parks, playgrounds and athletic fields delight adults and children alike. These parks and facilities offer residents and visitors many services, including playing fields, nature areas, picnic areas, fishing creeks and ponds, jogging tracks, hiking and fitness trails, as well as the swimming amenities at the Radnor High School pool.

In the 1960?s, Radnor experienced a growth spurt that is still continuing today, and can be seen the heightened number of residences, offices and commercial establishments, as well as the increase in the size of its institutions. However, to avoid overcrowding, the growth office of Radnor Township has set a plan that preserves the high residential quality of the community while still providing a variety of residential densities. New construction is kept at a minimum, consisting of only about 33 buildings last year. This significantly small number can be attributed to the strong efforts of community leaders to manage and conserve open space. In this way, the upkeep of neighborhoods and communities is a strong priority in Radnor, adding to its desirable residential qualities. Moreover, the preservation of trees and landscape along significant streets makes Radnor one of the most picturesque towns of the Main Line.

Despite the reduction in new construction, Radnor is still growing and developing. For the past few years, investments have been poured into the town, as well as Radnor Township, with the addition of structures and accessories to existing buildings. Radnor is a perfect blend of sophisticated shops and businesses with small town living, and offers prospective residents the conveniences of city life in the beautiful setting of Philadelphia?s suburbs.