Springfield, Pennsylvania – From Thriving Farmland to Thriving Metropolis
Nearly 25,000 people now call Springfield home, but that hasn’t always been the case. All of Springfield Township was farmland until the early 1700s when settlers began laying the foundation for the road that we now call Springfield Road. Few of those original farmlands still exist today, but many were turned into parks or other notable places to visit.
The diversity of architecture in Springfield often catches people off guard. Some of the older neighborhoods have been restored to historic perfection while newer homes with modern lines have sprung up nearby. Tax records from 1776 show that 300 people resided in Springfield on the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Springfield Parks and Recreation
One of the oldest buildings in the area is the first Quaker meeting house. It was originally built in 1701, and then rebuilt in 1737 after it burned. The current meeting house stands in the same spot as the original and was built in 1851.
Local parks provide a great spot to relax and take in all that nature has to offer. The farmlands of years past have dwindled, but our area parks add a lot of greenery to the area and help break up the growing-city feel. Some of our most popular parks include picnic areas, plenty of shade trees, great places for children and pets to play, and an all-around relaxing atmosphere.
Some great local parks include: Netherwood Park, Meadowgreen Park, Indian Rock Park, Veterans Memorial Park, and many others. Look here for a list of parks in the area.
The Springfield School District comprises of three public elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Schools are broken down into the following structure:
- Springfield Literacy Center – Kindergarten to First Grade
- Scenic Hills and Sabold – Grades 2 through 5
- T. Richardson – Grades 6 through 8
- Springfield High – Grades 9 through 12
One private school and two Catholic grade schools are available for families who choose to utilize them:
- Cardinal O’Hara High School
- Holy Cross
- Francis of Assisi
Shopping and Leisure
The Springfield we all know and love today is full of incredible places to relax or shop. The Springfield Country Club boasts the finest dining and banquet facility in Delaware County. The Country Club and Golf Course is open seven days a week and you may schedule tee times up to seven days in advance.
Other clubs and organizations in Springfield Township include: Springfield Lions Club, The Knights of Columbus, League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts, Springfield Moms Club, Mothers and More, Junior Woman’s Club, Garden Club, and American Association of University Women.
Springfield is home to a variety of strip malls and shopping centers as well as Springfield Mall. This massive two-story structure is an incredible 589,000 square feet of shopping, restaurants, and services. Inside the mall you will find: Macy’s, Target, Ruby Tuesday, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Starbucks, and many other interesting places to eat and shop.
Shop Local When You Can
I know you’ve probably seen an influx of advertisements geared toward shopping local. There’s actually a very good reason for this; many of our small, locally owned businesses are closing their doors forever because of larger corporations. As a local business owner myself, I know the importance of keeping your business local. Shop at local farmers’ markets to show your support for local farmers and the hard job they have. Shop at small stores or antique stores to help those types of business owners keep their doors open and their dream alive. Our local economy will thrive if we all start, or continue, shopping local.
Springfield didn’t become the thriving metropolis it is today by accident. It has developed over time by the hard work of local business owners and local farmers. Corporations are absolutely needed in order to keep our growing economy healthy, but consider purchasing local when possible.
I own and operate Lou Curley’s Chimney Service, a small, locally owned business. I provide all types of chimney inspection, cleaning, and maintenance services in Springfield and the surrounding areas. I often work with repeat clients year after year because my services are absolutely needed if you have a chimney, and people know that mine is a name they can trust. Why? Because I focus on providing quality service to the neighborhoods that mean the most to me – this isn’t just my job, it’s where I live. Call me any time to schedule a consultation, inspection, cleaning, or chimney lining or relining at 610-626-2439.