In earlier times known as “William Penn’s Greene Countrie,” the Main Line melds the warmth of small town living with the cultural advantages of a big city. Area towns, communities and neighborhoods, named after the railroad stations that grew along the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad (R-5), were originally built by wealthy industrialists to shorten their journeys to their country homes, gentlemen farms and summer residences.
Today these communities, all conveniently located within an easy commute to center city Philadelphia, maintain the ambiance and beauty of more rural areas. With diverse topography, steep cliffs along the Schuylkill River, creeks and streams, dense woods, rolling hills, and open meadows bordered by a wide variety of trees and natural flora, the Main Line has benefited from the early planning of William Penn.
Combining the warmth of small town living with the cultural advantages of a big city, the Main Line offers quality and quantity as a destination and lifestyle. A vital and thriving business environment has resulted in the presence of many world class corporations, entrepreneurs, mid-sized companies, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Here one can also find a host of excellent public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, first-rate restaurants, medical facilities, libraries, churches, and synagogues. The Main Line area’s parks, trails, theaters, galleries and art centers, stores, community newspapers, family activity centers, thrift shops and antique stores provide just about anything individuals and families desire.