We recently received a package in the mail with a note “…This photo and newspapers were found amongst my mother’s papers. I would like to donate them to the historical society…” One of those was an August 20, 1980, King of Prussia Courier article, “Candlebrook – Convenience, Caring, Community.”
Candlebrook was one of the first big sections in Upper Merion. “It got its start in the post-World War II development boom, that eventually transformed Upper Merion from a primarily agricultural area to bustling business center.”
The article goes on to talk about the Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, Candlebrook School, Valley Forge Shopping Center, Upper Merion High School, the King of Prussia Post Office, Wolfsohn Memorial Library, Upper Merion Junior High School, Red Hill Cemetery, Grant’s department story fire, annual block parties, Prince Frederick and Tanglewood apartment buildings, and a cross-section of people with so many differences. There was a real sense of community.
Some things never change as the article ends with this to say about the future:
“Fear of commercialism and an increase in traffic would appear to be the principal concerns as Candlebrook enters the eighties. A few have hinted at the possibility of it turning into another 69th street. For many, however, Candlebrook will remain a cohesive, residential community filled with people interested in the future of their neighborhoods.”
Throughout the year we receive many donations, some of which will be on display this Saturday, May 13, at 2:00 pm in Christ Church (Old Swedes). Please join us. Your support is greatly appreciated!