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Battle of Barren Hill, 20 May 1778.
Miquon includes Barren Hill and the area south of it.
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The name comes from the Lenni-Lenape people, who were the original inhabitants. Located between the Roxborough section of Philadelphia and the Whitemarsh Township community of Spring Mill, Miquon is approximately bounded by Barren Hill Road, Ridge Pike, Manor Road, and the Schuylkill River.
During the Revolutionary War, the May 20, 1778 Battle of Barren Hill began just east of the area. The Marquis de Lafayette and 2,200 Continental troops escaped capture by some 16,000 British troops by retreating through Miquon, fording the river, and returning to Valley Forge.
In the 19th century, the area became an industrial center for papermaking. The W. C. Hamilton Paper Company operated its mills until the mid-20th century. In 1999, the former mill buildings were redeveloped into an office complex named River Park I and II. In 2012, River Park II became the campus of AIM Academy, a private secondary school.
The Reading Railroad's main line paralleled the Schuylkill River. About 1880, it opened the "Lafayette" passenger station at Manor Road. The original station building survives, and is attributed to architect Frank Furness. The current station is southeast of this, and was built about 1910. Its name was changed from "Lafayette" to "Miquon" in 1921. The Manayunk/Norristown Line now runs on the old Reading tracks.
- The Miquon School
- Miquon Station
- ACE Conference Center and Golf Club, The largest landowner, with a total of more than 300 acres (1.214 km2).
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