Phoenixville is a fun place to live!
So much to see and do in beautiful downtown Phoenixville
Phoenixville Borough is a progressive, growing and fun community located in northern Chester County, PA, 28 miles northwest of Philadelphia and sits at the junction of French Creek with the Schuylkill River. The Phoenixville area borders Montgomery County and the Montgomery County township of Upper Providence and is also adjacent to the Chester County townships of East Pikeland and Schuylkill. Per the 2010 census, the population of Phoenixville Borough was 16,440. For 200 years, the region has consisted of a concentrated industrial, commercial and residential base in Phoenixville Borough while much of the surrounding Phoenixville area has remained rural farmlands, woodlands and residential communities. A full list of homes for sale in Phoenixville PA can be found below at the bottom of this page.
Brief History Around Phoenixville
Originally called Manavon, the Phoenixville region saw its first settlers in the 1720s and 1730s and was incorporated as a borough in 1849. In its industrial heyday early in the twentieth century, it was an important manufacturing center – the site of great iron and steel mills such as the Phoenix Iron Works, boiler works, silk mill, underwear and hosiery factories, a match factory, and the famous (and now highly collectible) Etruscan majolica pottery. Like many American towns and cities, Phoenixville owes its growth to its waterways.
Phoenixville is situated on the Schuylkill River, which serves as the border between Chester and Montgomery Counties. Not surprisingly, the river was a key thoroughfare for Native Americans and early settlers alike. It runs 135 miles from the central Pennsylvania town of Schuylkill Haven, combining with the Little Schuylkill River in the town of Port Clinton and continuing eastward past Phoenixville to Philadelphia, eventually emptying into the Delaware River.
But the Phoenixville region also has the benefit of being bisected by the fast-flowing French Creek, which, along with the Schuylkill River, was harnessed for water power.
Additionally, the Schuylkill Canal was designed and built in the early 19th century, operating from 1825-1931. It provided cheap water transportation of coal and lumber from upper and central Pennsylvania to the industrial towns and cities in the southeast, including such towns as Reading, Pottstown, Phoenixville, and of course, Philadelphia. Railways, and later trucking, eventually put the canal out of business. Today, there are stretches of the canal that have been preserved for recreational purposes – hiking, boating, fishing. In the Phoenixville area, “Lock 60” of the Schuylkill Canal is one of only two sections of the Schuylkill Navigation Canal System that are still watered, and the only operating lock remaining on the Schuylkill River. It can be found in Mont Clare, Upper Providence Township, just across the river from Phoenixville Borough. My wife Ginny and I like to walk the canal trail from the Fitzwater Station Restaurant (located in Port Providence, Upper Providence Township) to the Lock and back (approximately 4 miles). Afterwards, we grab a bite at the “Fitz”, which overlooks the canal. A good workout and good food.
Much of Phoenixville’s history was recognized by the creation of the Phoenixville Historic District, the largest National Register of Historic Places site in Chester County. The Black Rock Bridge, Gay Street School, and Schuylkill Navigation Canal, Oakes Reach Section are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Phoenixville is in close proximity to Valley Forge National Park, where George Washington and his soldiers encamped during the winter of 1777/1778.
The first nail factory in the U.S., the French Creek Nail Works, was established in Phoenixville (still called Manavon) in 1790. In 1813, a bridge builder, Lewis Wernwag, became part owner and renamed it the Phoenix Iron Works. In 1840, new owners added a blast furnace and in 1855 a new group of owners incorporated as the Phoenix Iron Co.
After several ownership changes through the early part of the 20th century, the plant was completely shut down in 1949. It was later acquired by the Barium Steel Corp. and renamed the Phoenix Iron & Steel Company, which eventually became The Phoenix Steel Corporation. The entire plant was shut down for good in 1987.
Since the early 2000s, the area, and especially Phoenixville Borough, has seen a renaissance of sorts, which is still ongoing at this writing (October, 2018). Development of old properties and construction of new has put a fresh face on the old industrial town.
Shopping Around Phoenixville
There are numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options for Phoenixville residents. Skippack Village with it’s quaint shops, The King of Prussia Mall, the Exton Square Mall, the Coventry Mall, and the relatively new Providence Town Center are all within a 25-minute drive. In particular, the Providence Town Center, located on Rt 29 between Phoenixville and Collegeville, offers a Wegmans supermarket, various restaurants, retail stores, and the Movie Tavern theatre.
But Phoenixville also attracts its own customers and visitors at its revitalized and very popular commercial district, centered at Bridge and Main Streets. Phoenixville is home to the Colonial Theatre, opened in 1903. In 1958, the theatre, along with some other parts of the borough, was featured in the motion picture The Blob. Beginning in 2000, Phoenixville has celebrated this with the Blobfest Festivities an annual 3 day event in Phoenixville, PA. It is a festival in celebration of the 1958 horror movie “The Blob,” starring Steve McQueen. includes a reenactment of the scene featuring the Colonial. The Colonial runs special programs some weekends in July, and an ongoing series of movies and events for children.
Since 2004 on the first Friday night of every month, Phoenixville downtown stores, restaurants, businesses and volunteer community groups hold special events including street musicians and entertainers and some outdoor concerts. This is referred to as “First Friday” by the locals.
Also since 2004, Phoenixville has celebrated the Firebird Festival, an annual celebration of the borough’s namesake – “The Phoenix. The “rebirth” of the town with the burning of a large wooden phoenix. The bonfire at the Firebird Festival is used to harden clay birds crafted over the preceding weeks. The monies generated from this event are used to support local art projects as well as entertainment to benefit the public.
Don’t forget about the Phoenixville Farmers Market – every Saturday beginning in April from 9am to 1pm. . The Market helps support our local farmers. This means you buy fresh locally grown food directly from the farmers and not a third party vendor. For more information be sure to check out the Phoenxiville Farmers Market website. Help support our local farmers – buy locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, breads, and meats every Saturday at the Phoenixille Farmers Market!
Some especially popular places besides the Colonial Theatre: Steel City Coffee House, Molly Maguire’s Restaurant, Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, The Great American Pub (formerly the Columbia Hotel) and Fitzwater Station Restaurant.
Schools Around Phoenixville
Public school children in the Phoenixville area attend the Phoenixville Area School District if they live in Phoenixville Borough, East Pikeland Township and Schuylkill Township. Children in Upper Providence Township attend the Spring-Ford School District. Click on the links provided for each of the school districts for a list of homes for sale specific to those areas.
As for commuting to work, the Phoenixville area offers easy access to Rt 422 (Pottstown Expressway), Rt 113, Rt 29 (Starr St in the Borough), Rt 23 (Schuylkill Rd), and the PA turnpike interchange at Valley Forge.
It’s worth mentioning again: in summary, the Phoenixville area is a progressive, growing and fun community. People like to live here. People like to work here. People like to play here. We do and hope you do, too. Whether you rent or own, housing is plentiful and affordable.
The process of buying or selling a home can be overwhelming at times, but you don’t need to go through it alone.
You may be wondering if now is a good time to buy or sell a home. My comprehensive home buyers and home sellers guides will answer many of your questions and likely bring up a few things you didn’t even know you should consider when buying or selling a home.
55 Communities homes for sale in Phoenixville PA (Click on the links provided for each of the 55 communities for a list of homes for sale.)
Regency at Providence– 196 Sloan Rd. Phoenixville PA
A Toll Brothers gated community built between 2006 and 2010 featuring over 350 single family homes offering 2-3 bedrooms – approximately 1800 to 3500 sq. ft each with an attached garage. Amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, tennis courts, putting green and so much more. Make an appointment today to see one of these beautiful homes.
Oh, and while you’re at it grab a copy of a comprehensive community guide with detailed information of all of the services available nearby.
Regency Hill at Providence
And if living in a golf course community is of interest to you be sure to check out the Rivercrest Golf Course & Preserve.
Phoenixville Offers Visitors Many Unique Dining Experiences
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – 130 Bridge St. Phoenixville PA 19460 610-983-9333
Food and service at Iron Hill is always pretty good. Iron Hill is well known for the variety of beer options available to choose from. Outside seating is perfect for watching people and/or events in Phoenixville.
Seven Stars Inn – 263 Hoffecker Rd. Phoenixville PA 610-495-5205
Located outside of Phoenixville Borough in an old Inn built in the 1700’s where they say George Washington visited just prior to his Schuylkill River Crossing. Seven Stars is well known for it’s delicious steaks and seafood dishes.
Black Lab Bistro – 248 Bridge St. Phoenixville PA 19460 610-935-5988
BYOB located in the heart of Phoenixville. Great food and atmosphere with outside seating where you can enjoy people watching.
Sips Bistro and Bar – 400 Bridge St. Phoenixville PA 19460, 484-924-9721
A French bistro located just outside the heart of Phoenixville. Check out their happy hour from 430pm to 6pm daily.
Thai L’Elephant – 301 Bridge St. Phoenixville PA 19460 610-935-8613
BYOB Thai restaurant located in downtown Phoenixville offering ever changing internationally and seasonally inspired small plates.
Nook and Kranny Kafe – 847 Valley Forge Rd. Phoenixville PA 19460 610-933-5393
Serves breakfast all day and lunch open until 3pm daily.
Nudy’s Bridge Street Cafe – 450 Bridge St., Phoenixville PA 610-933-6085
Opens 7am daily closes midweek at 3pm and 4pm on weekends. Great for breakfast or lunch!
Browns Cow – 30 S. Main St. Phoenixville PA 19460 610-933-0695
Great Ice Cream parlor located in downtown Phoenixville.
Aman’s Indian Bistro – 277 Schuylkill Rd. Phoenixville PA 19460 484-924-8387
Known for their great Indian dishes.
The Fitzwater Station– My wife and I enjoy stopping at the Fitz after a walk up to Lock 60 and back to the Fitz (approx. 4 miles) for a drink and a bite to eat. We get a great workout,,.check out the beautiful scenery along the canal and some good food. A great way to spend time with the family! Live entertainment, outside, weather permitting every other Sunday.
Kids Eat Free –
Uno’s Chicago Grill – 106 Black Rock Rd., Oaks PA 610-539-8300 Every Tuesday from 4 to 8 pm kids eat free – 1 free per adult. Craft table too from 530pm – 8pm.
Moe’s Southwest Grill – 1570 Egypt Rd., Oaks PA 610-650-4047 Every Tuesday all day – 1 free per adult.
Arnold Bistro and Bar – 2200 West Drive, Oaks PA 610-666-0100. Every Tuesday from 4 to 9pm – 1 free per adult.
Texas Roadhouse – 70 Buckwalter Rd., Royersford PA 610-948-4006 – Kids eat for $.99 all day Tuesday – 1 per adult.
What's Happening In And Around the Phoenixville
Every Saturday – Phoenixville Farmers Market – 9am to 1pm, located under French Creek under the Veterans Memorial Gay St. Bridge, accessed from Taylor Alley. The farmers market offers locally grown, fresh food. All high quality. For more info. please check out the website.
First Fridays – The first Friday starting in May and ending in October of every month you’ll find live music throughout Main st., as well as theatrical performances, local artist and fun surprises! It’s lots of fun for the whole family from 6pm to 10pm.
Firebird Festival – Occurs every December
Best Dog Parks in the Phoenixville
Reservoir Dogs Park – Fillmore Street & Franklin Ave Phoenixville, PA 19460
Reynold’s Dog Park – 1000 Longford Rd Phoenixville, PA 19460