The History of King of Prussia, PA

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This article is brought to you by the lawyers of sexual assault in King of Prussia. We encourage residents and visitors to learn about the history of the CDP and what it has to offer.

History of King of Prussia

King of Prussia is a census-designated place (CDP) of Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. As an edge city of Philadelphia, the first establishment in the area was a cottage. Constructed by the founders of Reesville, Welsh Quakers William and Janet Rees, in 1719, it was converted into an inn in 1769. In 1774, James Berry was hired to manage the inn. Thus, it soon became known as "Berry's Tavern."

Berry's Tavern was a stopping place for travelers heading to Ohio. In 1777, George Washington visited the inn on Thanksgiving Day. In 1786, a local petition identified the tavern as "King of Prussia." It was rumored that it was renamed in honor of a pro-American satirical essay, "An Edict by the King of Prussia" by Benjamin Franklin. However, a wooden sign of the inn indicated it was named after King Frederick the Great of Prussia.

Before the 1960s, there was little development to the area of King of Prussia. Nonetheless, with the construction of housing developments, a large business park and the King of Prussia Mall, the area soon became an epitome of the edge city phenomenon.

The suburban development saw more growth in the late 1900s and early 2000s as developer Dennis Maloomian began to develop more establishments in King of Prussian. He acquired a golf course near the mall, where he planned on constructing a mix-residential and retail development. Known as the Village at Valley Forge, it consists of a suburban downtown, a town center, townhouses, apartments and offices.

The King of Prussia CDP grew at the convergence of Interstate 76, Interstate 276, U.S. Route 202, and U.S. Route 422. In 2002, the King of Prussia Inn was successfully relocated. In 2016, the two sections – The Plaza and The Court º of the King of Prussia Mall merged as one to create one large shopping mall. As of the 2010 census, the CDP has a population of 19,936.

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King of Prussia Inn

The King of Prussia Inn is a historic tavern constructed in 1719. Due to the expansion of U.S. Route 202, the end was forced to move. However, historic preservationists were able to appeal to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For decades, the inn lied on the island created by the north and southbound lanes of US-202. On August 20, 2002, the inn was relocated to Bill Smith Boulevard. In October of the same year, it was opened to the public. Today, the establishment serves as the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. On December 23, 1975, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

King of Prussia Mall

King of Prussia Mall is the third-largest mall in the U.S. The upscale shopping mall is home to over 450 retailers, with anchors stores Dick's Sporting Goods, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's and Primark. The mall opened on November 25, 1963, with two distinct buildings. The Court and The Plaza merged as one in 2016 and now feature stores, dining and services such as:

  • Yard House
  • KitTrax Batting Cage
  • Deep Six | CBD Online Edibles & Oils
  • Dunkin' Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Formals XO
  • Aritzia
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Hollister Co
  • Shake Shack
  • Zara
  • East Meets West
  • Warby Park
  • UNTUCKit
  • Morgan's Brooklin Barbeque
  • Gucci
  • Fendi
  • G-Star Raw
  • Pandora
  • Yankee
  • Madewell

Residents and visitors can find the mall on North Gulph Road, just off of I-75 and US-202.

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