Schwenksville Homes for Sale
The Heart of the Perkiomen Valley
Schwenksville is a small and quiet borough located in the heart of the Perkiomen Valley, Montgomery County, PA, 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia and located on the Perkiomen Creek. The town was founded in 1684, when the Lenni-Lenape Indians ceded to William Penn the land along the Perkiomen Creek; it was incorporated in 1903. The borough was named for George Schwenk, whose son, Jacob Schwenk, served in George Washington’s army. At the 2010 census, the population was 1,385.
Schwenksville homes for sale is also the gateway to the Perkiomen Trail, a nineteen-mile section of the former Reading Railway’s Perkiomen Valley corridor. It now serves as a multi-use rail trail and was completed in 2003.
History Around Schwenksville Homes for Sale
The Borough was originally part of Perkiomen Township and home to the first copper mine in Pennsylvania. Ice harvesting was a major industry in the area. Several large icehouses were located along the creek, and ice was regularly shipped to Philadelphia. Mills devoted to grain and textiles were also very prominent which is evident by the existing historic structures. The area was and still is, to some degree, rural – with many woodlands and farmlands still in existence. And Schwenksville homes for sale location along the Perkiomen Creek made the Borough a great summer resort community during its early existence, and the Schwenksville homes for sale area was once home to The Red Fox Inn, The Perkiomen Inn, Spring Mountain House, and The Woodside Inn.
Today, those areas (primarily the 19473 zip code region) include parts of Lower Frederick Township, Limerick Township, Perkiomen Township, Skippack Township, and Lower Salford Township, along with the Borough of Schwenksville homes for sale. While some farmlands and woodlands still remain, growth and development in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s have seen many new homes, businesses, roads, and people.
Despite its small size, Schwenksville Homes for Sale has played an impressive part in Pennsylvania and American history, going back to pre-Revolutionary War days. General George Washington and the Continental Army camped in and around Schwenksville – September 26 to 29 and October 4 to 8, 1777 – prior to and immediately following the October 4 Battle of Germantown. Washington’s headquarters probably was at the Henry Kelly House (now demolished), just southwest of the town that he called “Pawling’s Mill.” The bulk of the Army camped on the opposite side of the Perkiomen Creek, at Pennypacker Mills.
Shopping Around Schwenksville Homes for Sale
There are numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options for Schwenksville Homes for Sale residents. The King of Prussia Mall, the Plymouth Meeting Mall, the Coventry Mall, the Montgomeryville Mall, and the relatively new Providence Town Center are all within a 25 minute drive. In particular, Providence Town is just a few miles south of Schwenksville Borough on Rt 29 in Upper Providence Township and boasts Wegmans super market, Olive Garden restaurant, Movie Tavern, and Best Buys as anchor stores, along with dozens of other retail shops and restaurants. There’s also the Limerick Outlets along Rt 422 in Limerick – just 15 minutes away. And then there are the quaint shoppes of Skippack Village, Main Street Collegeville and Bridge St Phoenixville – all offering a variety of dining and shopping experiences.
Schools Around Schwenksville Homes for Sale
Public school children in Schwenksville Borough, Perkiomen Township and Skippack Township attend the Perkiomen Valley School District. Perkiomen Valley High School ranked #16 out of 134 Montgomery, Bucks, Chester & Delaware county high schools in the 2016 SPP (School Performance Profile) scores provided by The Department of Education. Public school children in Lower Salford Township attend the Souderton School District and children in Limerick Township attend the Spring-Ford School District. Spring-Ford Senior High School ranked #3 in the 2016 SPP scores provided by The Dept. of Education.
As for commuting to work, the Schwenksville Homes for Sale area has easy access to Rt 422, Rt 73 (Skippack Pike) and Rt 29 (Gravel Pike). A 15 minute car ride will get you to Kulpsville, where you can pick up the PA turnpike. Rt 73 and Rt 29 actually converge at either end of Schwenksville Borough and form Main Street, Schwenksville, making the Borough a “pass through” town for many commuters in central and western Montgomery County.
How else do Schwenksville Homes for Sale residents spend their time when not at school or work? They can attend any one of a number of places of worship in and around the 19473 zip code region, they can catch a movie at the Movie Tavern (Providence Town Center), they can volunteer to assist at the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry (Perkiomen Township), they can walk, jog or ride a bike on the Perkiomen Trail, they can fish, swim or boat in the Perkiomen Creek, or they can simply relax on their porch and enjoy the crisp, clean country air.
This author’s personal experiences around Schwenksville Homes for Sale
Writing this article was especially easy for me. In addition to being a long time real estate broker in and around the Schwenksville Homes for Sale area, I grew up, along with my 3 siblings, in the Borough of Schwenksville. My parents grew up in the Schwenksville homes for sale area, too. And while my 4 grandparents grew up elsewhere in Pennsylvania, they all eventually settled in Schwenksville and all passed away in Schwenksville homes for sale.
I recall as a child in the 1960s and 70s spending much of my summers playing baseball during the day and flashlight tag at night wherever we could find open space – not a problem in the very rural Schwenksville Homes for Sale area. A few families had swimming pools – another pleasant way to spend those hot summer days. I also swam, fished and boated in the Perkiomen Creek with a posse of neighborhood kids. Because I had such a large extended family in the area, that posse often included at least a couple of cousins.
During the school year, I walked to the elementary school in town – seemed like quite a hike at the time. Now when I drive through that short half mile stretch, I just chuckle to myself. High school was in the current Perkiomen Valley high school building on Rt 29 in Perkiomen Township. But I can tell you that because of major renovations and expansions over the years, the current building (a campus, really) looks nothing like it did when I graduated in 1981.
Here’s a pretty cool memory: the Reading Railway (now the Perkiomen Trail) was still in operation when I was a kid. It no longer carried passengers by then – that service ended a decade or two earlier when the automobile industry had grown to the point where pretty much every family had at least one car. But the Railway still operated as a cargo transport service from Philadelphia to points north and west. When it got close to town (from either direction), the whistle would blow and you could hear it from most anywhere. We’d run down to the tracks and put a penny or two on the rail. Then stand back while the train rolled by. Afterwards, we’d look for those pennies and could usually find them – flat as can be and big as quarters. They wouldn’t spend at the penny candy shop in town next to the only gas station, but they sure served as a conversation piece!
In summary, the Schwenksville Homes for Sale area is a vibrant, bustling community filled with diverse people with diverse passions, hobbies, employment, and dreams. Doesn’t Schwenksville sound like the place you’d like to buy a home? If so, schedule an appointment to see one of these homes today!
What's Happening in the Schwenksville Homes for Sale Area
Local Events in the Schwenksville Area…
Bouncetown – Norristown PA
Sky Zone Trampoline Park – Oaks PA
Arnold’s Family Fun Center – Oaks PA
Sunday Classic Movies at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville. Movies like Papillion, Planet of the Vampires, Alien, Smokey and The Bandit, West Side Story and many more.
The Perkiomen Trail covers 20 miles and meanders through some of our most picturesque destinations; the gurgling of the Perkiomen Creek is never out of earshot of runners, hikers, bikers or horseback riders.
The Collegeville Economic Development Corporation runs a full slate of events throughout the year, including the release of ducks (plastic) in a race down the Perkiomen Creek.
Discount Movie Tickets and Amusement Park tickets are available year round at Upper Providence Township and Skippack Township buildings.
Local Charities supporting our Local Community
Bread Community Food Pantry Inc. – When you shop at www.smile.amazon.com Amazon donates .05%.
The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry is the fourth largest food pantry in Montgomery County, serving approximately 300 families or 1,200 individuals each month.
The pantry serves a broad area in Montgomery County – from the northern reaches of Perkiomenville and Gilbertsville to the southern areas of Collegeville and Eagleville. It is overseen by the Community Action Development Commission (CADCOM), the leading anti-poverty agency in Montgomery County.
Unlike many other food pantries, the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry attempts to provide a full week of emergency food for all those it serves. It aims to provide personal care products not covered by Food Stamps that hit hard at family food shopping budgets. This includes items like toilet paper, feminine care products, diapers and wipes, and hygiene supplies.
The pantry also provides food for special populations. For example, there are diabetic and gluten-free food and supplies, food for beloved family pets, and special packages for new mothers or guardians that include things like formula, diapers, and wipes.
For individuals or families who just miss the poverty threshold that offers access to state and federal food, the food pantry provides food and supplies from private donations.
Restaurants in and around the Schwenksville Homes for Sale Area
Moccia’s Train Stop – 1004 Gravel Pike, Schwenksville PA 19473
Moccia’s offers the best sandwiches, pizza and pasta in the area. It’s been around for as long as I can remember and is one of my places to eat In the Schwenksville homes for sale area as well as the Perkiomen Valley.
Spring Mountain Tiki Bar – 757 Spring Mount Rd., Spring Mount PA 19478
The Tiki Bar offers great food in an unusual outdoor mountain scenery. Always a good time in the summer months. Don’t forget to try their signature cocktail “The Hurricane”. The Tiki Bar is only open during the summer months but Spring Mountain has a lot to offer throughout the year. Be sure to check out Spring Mountain’s current events.