Situated on the eastern side of Chester County, Pennsylvania, you’ll find the small area of Paoli. We have a population of fewer than 6,000 residents and some of the best restaurants this side of Chester County. Each holiday season we enjoy a variety of events including the Holiday Stroll and Festival of Lights and the Annual Holiday Open House.
The History of Paoli
Every part of the Main Line has some type of historic tale of bravery attached. Our little township was centered on an inn that was owned by Joshua Evans in 1769. Mr. Evans’ father had purchased 500 acres from William Penn, a well-known name from the history books, in 1719. The inn was built and named after General Pasquale Paoli; which is obviously where the township got its name.
The grim Battle of Paoli is often referred to as the Paoli Massacre. General Charles Grey led nearly 5,000 British soldiers in a surprise attack against a small regiment of Patriot troops led by General Anthony Wayne. General Grey’s troops were instructed to empty their muskets and use only swords or bayonets to slaughter the small troop of American soldiers under the cover of darkness.
Nearly 200 Americans lost their lives that night. No prisoners were taken. This tragic massacre became somewhat a rally cry for American troops for the remainder of the Revolutionary War. The actual site of the Battle of Paoli is actually part of the nearby town of Malvern now.
Places to Know and Visit in Paoli
I’ve put together a list of places you should know about if you’re new to Paoli or if you’re just looking for something new to do. Paoli is also home to several great restaurants that you should make a point to visit.
Paoli Public Library – Tredyffrin Township Libraries operates the Paoli Library. Make sure to visit their website here to keep track of children’s programs and other activities.
Commuter Trains – Amtrak stops at Paoli station, but the stops are less frequent now that fewer people use the train as their primary means of travel. You can travel through Southeastern Pennsylvania and use the Paoli stations, but most stops terminate in Malvern now.
TJ’s Restaurant and Drinkery – Enjoy Happy Hour or visit them for dinner and drinks with family and friends.
Redhound Grille – Commonly referred to as The Hound, Redhound Grille is a great spot to enjoy live music and great food and drink.
Great American Pub Paoli – Whether you’re into Wine Wednesday or BINGO, you’re sure to find a good time at the Great American Pub Paoli. Check out their Facebook page here for more information.
Spatola’s Pizza in Paoli – This family-owned restaurant has been a local favorite for more than 30 years. They’re conveniently located on Lancaster Ave. Here’s their website for more information.
Local Business Supports Local Business in Paoli
Shopping local is a way of life for many here in Paoli. Make sure you check out some of the local Farmers Markets in the area like J&A Farmers Market and Malvern Farmers Market.
Local business owners in Paoli look out for each other, and refer local business as often as they can. I’m a local business owner providing chimney cleaning services in Paoli and the surrounding area. I work with homeowners and business owners alike and provide a no-nonsense solution to all chimney problems including relining the flue for central heating systems, gas or oil furnaces, boilers, or water heaters.
If you’re in the Paoli area, or are planning to move here, and in need of a Certified Chimney Sweep, give me a call and we’ll schedule an appointment for a consultation. Every chimney needs a yearly inspection and cleaning regardless of how often it is used. Make a point to schedule your chimney inspection and cleaning before you light the first fire of the season.