The History of Mount Airy, Pennsylvania

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History of Mount Airy

Mount Airy is a neighborhood within Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was first established by William Allen, the Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania and prominent Philadelphia merchant, in 1750 when he constructed his summer estate and mansion on Germantown Avenue and Allens Lane. Named Mount Airy, the area gradually began to use the building's name as its town.

Before the establishment of Mount Airy, the area was part of Beggarstown and Cresheim, two sections of the original Germantown Township. In 1689, the village of Krisheim, or Creshiem, was within the original land divisions of the Germantown Township. Most settlers in the area were given rights to the land either directly or indirectly from William Penn. They named the area after the town of Kriegsheim in the Palantine in Germany, where some of the German Quaker families were from. However, by the start of the 1800s, the name of the area was gradually replaced by Mount Airy.

As for Beggerstown, the small community was formed from the "Sidelands" of Germantown. It was a portion of the township that was set aside so owners of lots in the center of the town could have equal shares of land in the area. As more settlers moved into Germantown, it began to expand and fill up the Sidelands. The name of Beggerstown is said to be a result of the first resident in the area begging for money to build his house. By the late 1800s, Beggerstown had become known as Mount Airy.

During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, the neighborhood of Mount Air was developed into much of what it is today. As of the 2010 census, it has a population of 27,035 people and is bounded by the Creshiem Valley on the northwest, Stenton Avenue on the northwest, Germantown on the southeast, and Wissahickon Gorge on the west.

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Mount Airy Playground

Mount Airy Playground is a neighborhood park on Germantown Avenue. Operated by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department, it offers a great recreational space for residents and visitors to enjoy. The park provides passive and active recreational amenities like:

  • Two baseball fields
  • Football field
  • Basketball court
  • Softball field
  • Adult fitness station
  • Two playgrounds
  • Picnic area
  • Spray grounds
  • Park benches

There is a medium amount of shade in the park for you to relax and not get hit by the hot sun. Overhead lights are also available for when it gets dark. Mount Airy Playground is open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Shopping and Dining

Also located along Germantown Avenue is the main commercial area in Mount Airy. It features a variety of stores, services and dining options for you to choose from. Some of these are Earth Bread + Brewery, The Juice Room, Brotherly Grub Cafe, The Zuri of Nubia Fashions, The Movement Philly, Philadelphia Uechi Ryu Karate, The Shop on the Ave, Golden Crust Pizzeria, Mi Puebla Restaurant & Bakery, McMenamin's Tavern, Tap & Terrier Gastropub, Milo - The Meeting House, Fine Wine & Good Spirits, and more.

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