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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood train station
Wynnewood train station
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
Counties Montgomery, Delaware
Townships Lower Merion, Haverford
Population
13,572
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Code
19096
Area code(s) 610 and 484

Wynnewood is a suburban unincorporated community, west of Philadelphia, that straddles Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County and Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was named in 1691 for Dr. Thomas Wynne, William Penn's physician and the first Speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Wynnewood is one of many neighborhoods on the historic Pennsylvania Main Line, and is the home of institutions such as Lankenau Hospital, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Palmer Theological Seminary, and Friends' Central School.

Demographics

Wynnewood is neither an incorporated area nor a census-designated place; all data is for its ZIP code 19096. As of 2010 Census, there were 13,572 people and 5,436 households residing in the community. In 2000, the population density was 3,882 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the community was 92.9% White, 3.2% Asian, 2.5% African American, 0.40% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The median income for a household in the community was $86,861, and the median income for a family was $111,683. The per capita income for the community was $51,543. About 0.8% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

Residents of Wynnewood cooperate with those of adjacent Ardmore in many ways, one of which is the ArdWood Civic Association. South Ardmore Park is partly in Wynnewood, and partly in Ardmore. This park is the site of a free or low-cost summer camp, sporting activities, walking paths, and a verdant setting.

Transportation

Wynnewood, PA SEPTA train station
SEPTA commuter rail station at Wynnewood, PA

Opposite the Wynnewood Shopping Center is the Wynnewood train station. Built in the1870s, the vintage regional rail (SEPTA) train station (MP 7.5) was designed by Wilson Brothers and Company for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Towns on the lower "Main Line" adjacent to Wynnewood include Overbrook, Merion, Narberth, Ardmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr. The SEPTA Route 105 bus runs along the length of Lancaster Avenue on the Main Line, and the SEPTA Route 44 bus supplements the trains for service between nearby Ardmore and Narberth and Center City Philadelphia. South Wynnewood is served by the SEPTA Norristown High-Speed Line (former Route 100),which runs from the Montgomery County seat of Norristown through the central and eastern Main Line to 69th Street Transportation Center and connections to the Market-Frankford Line for service to Center City and Northeast Philadelphia.

Wynnewood is located along Lancaster Avenue (U.S. Route 30) and is also easily accessible from nearby Interstate Routes 76 (the Schuylkill Expressway east and west) and 476 (the Philadelphia bypass nicknamed the "Blue Route", traveling south and north between Chester and Interstate 95 in the south and Plymouth Meeting, Germantown, and the east-west Pennsylvania Turnpike in the north).

Other facts and features

The well-regarded 1962 dramatic film David and Lisa is said to have been filmed in part at and around the Wynnewood train station.

Also located in the community is Shortridge Memorial Park, a small park in a creek valley with stone bridges under which Indian Creek flows. Recently, the Indian Creek district has been ecologically revitalized and restored. Wynnewood residents are also active in the Wynnewood Civic Association and the Shortridge Association of Wynnewood.

Education

Much of Wynnewood's public school children attend the Merion, Penn Wynne or Penn Valley elementary schools, part of Lower Merion School District headquartered in nearby Admore; Bala Cynwyd Middle School; and have a choice between Lower Merion High School and Harriton High School. Other schools, private and parochial, abound in this old and affluent residential district, including all-boys The Haverford School, all-girls Baldwin and Agnes Irwin schools, coeducational Friends Central School — actually within the Wynnewood postal district — and private, Catholic, Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in nearby Bryn Mawr, Waldron Mercy and Merion Mercy academies in nearby Merion. Saint Margaret's Elementary School in nearby Narberth also serves Wynnewood's Catholic elementary school community. There are other private schools such as Episcopal Academy (Merion), as well as Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy (Bryn Mawr) and the Solomon Schechter School (Wynnewood), which are both Jewish-affiliated schools. Finally, there is a French International School which has two locations—the lower school near the Bala Cynwyd Library and the upper school on City Avenue, still in Bala Cynwyd.

Saint Joseph's University is close by with parts of its campus in Merion, Bala Cynwyd and West Philadelphia; Villanova University, straddling Lancaster Avenue, and Rosemont College, on Montgomery, are also nearby, as are Cabrini College and Eastern University, both in nearby Saint David's. Haverford College is a non-denominational college on Montgomery Avenue in Haverford. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is across the street from parts of Saint Joseph's University's campus.

The Japanese Language School of Philadelphia (JLSP, フィラデルフィア日本語補習授業校 Firaderufia Nihongo Hoshū Jugyō Kō), a supplementary Japanese school, holds its classes at the Friends Central School (FCS) in Wynnewood and in Lower Merion Township.

Notable people

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"Red Leaf" William P. Henszey mansion, 510-14 Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood
  • Walter H. Annenberg, billionaire, media mogul, philanthropist, arts patron, and United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James's (United Kingdom); died at his home in Wynnewood in 2002; his wife Leonore Annenberg continued to maintain a residence in Wynnewood until her death in 2009
  • Aaron Beck, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and father of cognitive therapy; resident of Wynnewood
  • Anthony Bevilacqua, former cardinal of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; resided in Wynnewood until his 2012 death
  • Marc Brownstein, bassist for the Disco Biscuits
  • Kobe Bryant, star NBA player who spent his entire career on the Los Angeles Lakers; lived in Wynnewood while attending Lower Merion High School in nearby Ardmore
  • William P. Henszey, Baldwin Locomotive Works partner
  • Jonathan Hoffman, high-profile bond trader; lives in Wynnewood
  • Hannah Clothier Hull, Quaker pacifist; born in Wynnewood
  • Joan Jett, musician; born in Wynnewood
  • Hilary Koprowski, virologist responsible for the first oral poliomyelitis vaccine; has resided in Wynnewood since 1957
  • Patti Labelle, musician; resides in Wynnewood
  • John Lucas III, basketball player of the Toronto Raptors; lived in Wynnewood while in high school
  • Jeffrey Lurie, billionaire; owner of the Philadelphia Eagles professional football team; purchased Inwood, the 13-acre (5.3 ha) Annenberg Estate
  • Thomas May Peirce, founder of Peirce College
  • Lori Erica Ruff, identity thief
  • Henry Scattergood, lived in Wynnewood until his death in 2008
  • Alex Scott, founder of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit raising money for pediatric cancer research
  • Gerhard Spiegler, former President of Elizabethtown College
  • Kat Dennings, actress from 2 Broke Girls and Marvel's Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and WandaVision

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