In 1963, the King of Prussia Plaza was well on its way to becoming the largest shopping mall in the US with anchor stores E.J. Korvette, JCPenney, and Acme. The grand opening of the John Wanamaker store took place in 1966. Its octagonal shape was very distinctive, and easily seen from afar. The anchor lineup changed over the years as
The Kennedy Mansion, at the eastern edge of Valley Forge National Historical Park, was built in 1852 by John Kennedy as an Italian villa-style residence. From 1911 to 1936, the mansion was owned by the Supplee family. In 1978, the National Park Service acquired the mansion through eminent domain and eventually placed it on the National Register of Historic Places.
As reported in Fortune magazine in the late 1950s, the three Upper Merion Township Supervisors had clear ideas of what they wanted for the community: a strong industrial base made up of light, clean, research-type plants, restricted commercial building of a type that would not cheapen the neighborhood, plenty of open space, and new housing, but not so much that
A famous old white oak tree once stood on Gulph Rd in front of the Wawa. It was there 100 years before William Penn arrived in 1682 and under which Washington’s Army passed on its way to Valley Forge in 1777. In 1933 the tree was named “The Drinker Oak” to honor the memory of Dr. Henry Sturgis Drinker, former