Lansdale is a borough in Pennsylvania located right in the center of Montgomery County. With a population of 16,707 it is a densely populated town with many of the residents using the Lansdale local Septa train to commute to Philadelphia. Lansdale is a northern suburban area of Philly, which lies about 25 miles to the south-southeast. The town’s economic climate, previously depending on production, has actually progressed more toward technology. As a major stop along the Philadelphia passenger rail lines, Lansdale is easily accessible to the city yet refreshingly suburban in character. Destinations for visitors include historic sites, antique stores as well as a farmers market.
Here are just of few of the many areas of interest located within a few miles of the borough limits of Lansdale:
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Peter Wentz Farmstead is located in Worcester township. It is an unspoiled area of a typical Pennsylvania German farmhouse of the 18th century. The farm lies 5 miles from the center of Lansdale and offers tours that include an explanation of the architecture of that period as well as personal effects, live animals (great for the kids), crafts from the 18th century as well as home furnishings. Several contractors including one of the most notable roofing contractors Lansdale Pa has have offered to help in the restoration. Original construction of the Peter Wentz Farmstead was completed in in 1758. However, in the fall of 1777 prior to its completion it served as a temporary headquarters for none other than General George Washington. Yes, Washington really did sleep here.
Located about two miles from the center of Lansdale, the Morgan Log House had its origins as far back as the early 1700s. In February 1702 the land on which the primitive framework stands became part of a six hundred acre grant made by William Penn’s land compensation project. The log house was built between 1702 and 1708 when about half of the initial tract, which did have a residence on it was given to a Welshman named Edward Morgan. After many years of neglect, the Morgan Log House came under disrepair. As many other structures from that time were, the house was officially condemned in the mid 1960s. When they learned that the Morgan Log House was due to be demolished, an organization called the Welsh Valley Preservation Culture saved it and restored it back to its original condition. The Morgan Log House is a throwback in time and serves as a living museum celebrating the way of life of very early Pennsylvanians. The Lansdale area museum, Morgan Log House is readily available for guided tours on Saturday and Sunday from April through December. It really is a treasure for all who want to see how early Pennsylvanians lived.
The rolling countryside of southeastern Pennsylvania consists of several of one of the most efficient farmlands in America. Both residents and site visitors can taste and purchase the locally grown harvest at the Lansdale Farmers’ Market. It is open every Saturday from mid to late May (depending on weather conditions at the time) through the fall to very early in November. To keep young site visitors occupied, the marketplace’s coordinators set up a story hour and craft workshop for children on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Market vendors include local growers of fruit, veggies, flowers and also nursery stock, as well as vendors of baked items and other prepared foods, handicrafts, locally produced wines as well as candy.
The entire area surrounding Lansdale in Southeastern Pennsylvania is prime territory for antique seekers. It is filled with items from the region’s early Pennsylvania German roots. Lansdale has a handful of antique stores. Two that are located close to one another on Skippack Pike are Allen Antiques & Artisans in the Cedars/Skippack area just a few miles from Lansdale. Each of these provide a wide selection of vintage items, both local and also international along with antique reconstruction services. Further down Skippack Pike is Red Sunflower Vintages an antique store that specializes in antique ceramic and also glass, along with precious jewelry and a variety of collectible items.
Every year in August the Lansdale Festival of the Arts is held in Memorial Park. Here you will find some of the top artisans and craftsman in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The arts festival has something for young and old alike including live jazz music, an array of delicious eats and door prizes for all who come to the event.
Lansdale PA has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. It is currently undergoing a renovation boom with new construction of many highly desirable townhomes and apartments. As many new trendy cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and bars are springing up, Lansdale is destined to become a great place to visit or live as it has something to satisfy everyone.