The modern history of Collegeville dates back to when the railroad came through the Lower Perkiomen Valley and a name was needed for the local station. The choice of Collegeville was to honor the Pennsylvania Female College, not Ursinus College, as it is assumed today. The community was incorporated on June 2, 1896, and has grown steadily ever since.
The Perkiomen Valley School District is known for the tremendous support from the community, proficient staff and overall excellent environment for students. As the community continues to grow and expand, so does this district. The schools' course of studies offers enrichment, remediation, and strong core concepts in English, science, math and social studies as well as the arts. The schools in this district also try to incorporate technology whenever they can into their classrooms.
In addition to Ursinus College, Montgomery County Community College is located nearby in Blue Bell. There are also a variety of colleges and universities in the surrounding areas including the Bryn Mawr, Villanova and the Penn State Great Valley of Graduate Studies.
Attractions & Points of Interest
This part of Montgomery County is rich in history. The area surrounding Evansburg State Park is rich in tourist attractions including Valley Forge National Historic Park and the quaint Skippack Village. Valley Forge is known for the six-month encampment of the Continental Army of the newly formed United States of America under the command of General George Washington. Though no battle was fought, a struggle against the elements and low morale here from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778 was overcome on this sacred ground.
The historic Muhlenberg House, the one-time home of Frederick Muhlenberg, the first signer of the Bill of Rights and first speaker of the United States House of Representatives, is located in the neighboring community of Trappe. Other historic sites like the Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are located in Philadelphia.
The Marketplace and the Collegeville Shopping Center provide for all your everyday shopping needs. If you are looking for a mall environment, the largest shopping mall on the East Coast is located in King of Prussia. The Plaza and the Court at King of Prussia offers nine department stores, approximately 365 retail stores and about 40 restaurants and eateries.
Parks & Recreation
The Borough of Collegeville has multiple park facilities that are open year-round. Facilities include waterfront usage at First Avenue; child recreation, basketball, baseball at Third and Park Avenues; active and passive recreation, walking trails, playing fields, picnic glen, pavilion at Hunsberger Woods; and physical fitness and jogging at Water Works Park in nearby Trappe Borough.
Central Perkiomen Valley Park is located along Perkiomen Creek between Collegeville to Spring Mount and Upper Salford Township. This 500-acre park offers 20 cleared acres for pavilion picnicking, shuffleboard and fishing.
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