Hatfield Homes For Sale

A Vibrant and Bustling Community

Choosing Hatfield for your new home

Hatfield Borough and it’s larger sister municipality, Hatfield Township, are relatively small, rural communities located in north central Montgomery County, PA, 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia.  The Hatfield area borders Bucks County and the Bucks County townships of Hilltown and New Britain and are also adjacent to the Montgomery County PA municipalities of Lansdale Borough, Towamencin Township, Montgomery Township, and Franconia Township.  Per the 2010 census, the population of Hatfield Borough was 3,290 and the population of Hatfield Township was 17,249.  While much of the region’s farmlands and woodlands still remain, growth and development in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s have seen many new homes, businesses, roads, and people.

Brief History Around Hatfield

Hatfield’s fertile lands first drew Native Americans from the Lenni Lenape tribe to the area near the Neshaminy Creek. Bethlehem Road (or the King’s Highway), the area’s first road, connected Philadelphia with the Lehigh Valley and opened the region to European settlement in the early 1700s.  The township of Hatfield was formally established on March 9, 1730.

By the end of the 1700s, more than 500 people lived in the area, mostly Welsh, Mennonite and Quaker farmers. The last encampment of the Lenni Lenape had been abandoned in 1777 when the tribe moved west.

The township boomed in the mid-19th century with the construction of the railroad, which brought settlers to the area and allowed farmers to take their products to the city easily. In the late 1800s, Hatfield Township lost 300 acres with the incorporation of Hatfield Borough and Lansdale Borough.

Historic Businesses Around Hatfield 

In 1885, the Hatfield Township Packing Company was established. It is now the site of Hatfield Quality Meats where they make, among other things, Easter and Christmas hams, and grill-ready hot dogs. In 1946 the Clemens family of Mainland purchased the Hatfield Township Packing Company plant on Funks Road.

In 1925, William Rosenberger established Rosenberger’s Dairy, now famous not only for its dairy products but for their salads and sandwiches. In 1953 M.H. Zeigler & Sons built a cider mill on North Broad Street and today you can still get their fabulous apple products on that same street.

History of Villages

There are two villages, Colmar and Line Lexington, that are incorporated with Hatfield Township.

Roads and settlers penetrated Hatfield Township about the same time, with most early roads laid out in almost grid fashion, running either parallel or perpendicular to the county line. One important exception is Bethlehem Pike, a road from Philadelphia to Bethlehem, which crosses the southeast corner of the township on an angle. The Bethlehem Pike was constructed from 1714 to 1745, passing through Hatfield Township in the mid-1730s. The first stagecoach line began to make trips between Philadelphia and Bethlehem in 1768. Hotels, taverns, and soon, villages were established along the route to serve travelers. One such village was Line Lexington.

Line Lexington Village

Line Lexington Village was established where Bethlehem Pike meets County Line Road. Only a small part of this village actually lies in Hatfield homes for sale, with the rest located Hilltown and New Britain Townships. The village was originally known as Middletown, since it was approximately halfway on the route between Philadelphia and Bethlehem. In the early 1800s, a village hat maker chose the name of the Revolutionary War battle of Lexington as his trademark and also gave the name to the village, adding “Line” to show that the village straddled the line between Bucks and Montgomery County. Line Lexington consisted of twelve houses in 1850 and grew to fifty houses by 1896. The village continues to be known as Line Lexington today.

Colmar Village

The railroad also created new villages and added new place names to the map of Hatfield Township. The North Pennsylvania Railroad Company line from Philadelphia to Bethlehem was built through the township in 1856, with the Lansdale-Doylestown branch being constructed that same year. A railroad station was built where the Doylestown branch crossed Bethlehem Pike, and was named Line Lexington (even though it was closer to the village of Trewigtown). As a village grew around the Line Lexington Station, it needed its own name to avoid confusion with the village of Line Lexington, one and a half miles away. In January 1871, a post office, called Jenkins, was established in the village. In June 1871, the post office was renamed Ainsworth, perhaps after a hotel owner. But two weeks later, both the post office and the train station were renamed Colmar. By 1896, Colmar consisted of some 20 dwellings built on both sides of the railroad and the Bethlehem Turnpike. The business enterprises at that time included a creamery, Hartzell’s store, Henry Smith’s Hotel, I. H. Rosenberger’s feed house and hay press, Coar’s blacksmith shop, Kooker’s wheel-wright, and other shops.

The Other Villages of Hatfield 

Several more villages were established in the township in the 1800s. In addition to Colmar and Line Lexington, there was also Hatfield Square (at Trewigtown Road and Bethlehem Pike), Hockertown (renamed Unionville), Orvilla, Upper Hatfield, and Lower Hatfield. The villages of Line Lexington and Colmar remain because they grew to such a size that made it practical to establish a Post Office there.

The villages of Hatfield Square, Unionville, and Orvilla are all but forgotten, except for some old-timers and history buffs. The population of the villages of Upper Hatfield and Lower Hatfield (later known as Hatfield and South Hatfield) also grew in the middle of Hatfield Township, and a good number of commercial businesses were established there.

Hatfield Borough Formed in 1898

A time came when the residents of Hatfield and South Hatfield wanted the township to install more streetlights along its roads—there were only 8 oil lamps illuminating the streets at that time. The idea was not looked upon favorably by most of the Hatfield Township taxpayers, however, as many of them were farmers. So the villagers petitioned the Montgomery County Court and on Monday, June 27, 1898, Judge Aaron Swartz affixed his signature to a decree, incorporating the towns of Hatfield and South Hatfield into a borough, under the name and style of “The Borough of Hatfield.” (It wasn’t until February 1903 that seventeen additional oil lamps were installed along the Borough streets.)  Seems the wheels of government progress rolled slowly, even in the 19th century!

Shopping Around Hatfield 

There are numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options for Hatfield Homes for Sale residents. The King of Prussia Mall, the Plymouth Meeting Mall, the Montgomeryville Mall, and the relatively new Providence Town Center are all within a 25-minute drive. In particular, the Montgomeryville Mall and the Montgomeryville shopping district in general are just a handful of miles east of Hatfield and offers a variety of supermarkets, restaurants, retail stores, and movie theaters.  Also, close by are the quaint shops of Skippack Village, which offer a variety of dining and shopping experiences.

Schools Around Hatfield 

Public school children in the Hatfield Homes for Sale area attend the North Penn School District if they live in Hatfield Borough, Hatfield Township, Towamencin Township, Montgomery Township, or Lansdale Borough.  Children in Franconia Township attend the Souderton School District.  Children in Hilltown Township attend the Pennridge School District and children in New Britain Township attend the Central Bucks School District.

As for commuting to work, the Hatfield Homes for Sale area offers easy access to Rt 309 (Bethlehem Pike), Rt 113, Rt 463 (Cowpath Rd), Rt 363 (Valley Forge Rd), and the PA turnpike interchange at Lansdale. A 15-minute car ride will get you to Kulpsville, where you can pick up the PA turnpike.

In summary, the Hatfield area is a vibrant, bustling community filled with diverse people with diverse passions, hobbies, employment, and dreams. The Hatfield area  – sounds like a great place to buy a home, don’t you think?

Popular Restaurants in Hatfield homes for sale

Vinny’s Pizzarama – 1431 Cowpath Rd. Hatfield PA 19440

Vinny’s offers a variety of options from pizza, steak sandwiches to great Italian specialty dinners.  Great revews on a number of websites.

Casey’s Saloon & Eatery – 210 S. Main St. Hatfield PA 19440 215-368-8823

Casey’s has been in business for 25 years offering a wide variety of beer, wine and food selections.  Check out there Sunday Champagne Breakfast.  Great reviews can be found on most websites.

Century House Restaurant – 2790 Bethlehem Pike, Hatfield PA 19440, 215-822-0139

Century House has been existence for many years and offering Filet Mignon, Baked Lobster Tail just to name a few of their popular dishes.  You’ll find a number of reviews online around 4 stars.

Opa Gyros -2501 Bethelhem Pike, Hatfield PA 19440, 215-997-0606

Authentic Greek food.  Good reviews on all websites.