Bethayres, Pennsylvania facts for kids
Corner of Huntingdon Pk. and Philmont Ave.
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Bethayres is an unincorporated community in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is named for Elizabeth Ayres, who lived at 2410 Huntingdon Pike, in a house now owned by Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church. As an unincorporated place, it is served by the Huntingdon Valley post office; for this reason, it is often said to be a section of Huntingdon Valley.
The community got its name when the railroad came to the area in the 1870s. Elizabeth Ayres, a local woman, had a son who worked for Reading Railroad. He named the station after his mother, and the community around the station and around the intersection of Welsh Rd and Huntingdon Pike became known as Bethayres. Bethayres and its northern neighbor, Huntingdon Valley had separate post offices until they became one post office. Until the name was changed to solely Huntingdon Valley Post Office, Huntingdon Valley-Bethayres was the longest postal name in the United States.
<gallery> File:Elizabeth Ayres House, Bethayres PA 01.JPG|Elizabeth Ayres House. File:Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church, Bethayres PA 01.JPG|Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church. File:Huntingdon Valley Library, Huntingdon Valley PA 01.JPG|Huntingdon Valley Library. File:Huntingdon Valley Library, Huntingdon Valley PA 03.JPG|Honor Roll (near Huntingdon Valley Library). File:Bethayres Station, Bethayres PA 02.JPG|Bethayres Station.
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