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Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Settlement
GlenMillsPAStation.JPG
Railway station, built 1882
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Township Concord
Elevation 213 ft (64.9 m)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19342
Area code 610 and 484
Pennsylvania Historical Marker
Designated: September 23, 1997

Glen Mills is an unincorporated community in Concord Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States about 17 miles west of Philadelphia. Glen Mills is known for its gardens and its golf course. Major offices including Deloitte with a headcount of about 100 people operating from there. The zip code for Glen Mills is 19342.

History

The area around Glen Mills was part of the original land grant given to William Penn in 1681. George Cheyney was the first settler here, for which the nearby town of Cheyney is named. Later, this land was sold and divided. The name Glen Mills is taken from two paper mills built by the Willcox family, one in 1835 and the second in 1846. From 1864 to 1878, these mills supplied the United States government with a special, patented paper for the printing of government bonds and notes.

The Glen Mills are no longer standing, but the grist mill built by Nathaniel Newlin in 1704 still stands and is a popular destination for picnickers and history buffs alike. A blacksmith shop was built on the former property in 1975. The Newlin Mill Complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

The West Chester and Philadelphia Railroad arrived in Glen Mills c. 1858, and provided train service between Philadelphia and West Chester. The Pennsylvania Railroad took control of the rail line in 1880. Passenger trains through Glen Mills were operated by SEPTA until 1986. The West Chester Railroad, a heritage railway, currently operates trains between Glen Mills and West Chester on weekends.

A "wild west" themed restaurant/roadside attraction known as "The Longhorn Ranch" operated in Glen Mills during the 1960s. In the 1980s, that same site was the location of Pulsations nightclub. The site is currently the location of a retirement community.

A Glen Mills resident, pilot Michael R. Horrocks, died in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was the first officer on Flight 175, the second plane to hit the World Trade Center.

Geography

The Glen Mills zip code, 19342, is unusual in the numerous geographic boundaries it crosses. It is located almost entirely in Delaware County

Townships

In order of land share:

School Districts

UWCRR
A West Chester Railroad train at Glen Mills Station

In order of land share:

  • Garnet Valley School District
  • West Chester Area School District
  • Rose Tree Media School District
  • Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.

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