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he Main Line has a rich history and a vibrant present. Once home to the Lenni Lenape Indians, the Main Line was settled by Europeans in the 1600's when William Penn sold the Welsh Tract to a group of Welsh Quakers for ten cents an acre. During the Revolutionary War local patriots fought to establish freedom for America. In the 19th Century the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad (also known as the Paoli Local) was constructed. At the time the Railroad owned much of the land surrounding the tracks and promoted the development of the picturesque landscape. The construction of sprawling estates attracted Philadelphia elite, many of whom had one house in the city and another larger country home on the Main Line. Today the Main Line is a vibrant collection of towns in the Western suburbs of Philadelphia named after the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad, currently SEPTA's R5 line.
Towns and villages of the Main Line are located within Lower Merion Township, Narberth Borough, Radnor Township, Tredyffrin Township, Easttown Township and, Willistown Township. It is not uncommon to find boundaries of the towns and villages located in two or three townships and they may be located in two different counties! Merion, Narberth, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, Villanova, Radnor, St. David's, Wayne, Strafford, Devon, Berwyn, Daylesford/Paoli, and Malvern have train stations on the Main Line. Bala Cynwydand Gladwyne are not on the rail line but are considered to be Main Line communities.
Breathtaking scenery of rolling hills, open meadows and winding roads add to the glory of this beautiful area. Magnificent homes, first class shopping, top rated restaurants, professional services and unsurpassed golf, equestrian and recreational facilities contribute to the high quality of life on the Main Line. The Main Line is one of the most desirable upper/middle class suburban locations in the country. The Main Line is home to many of the best public and private schools in the nation. Since the early 1800's exceptional colleges and universities have called the Main Line their home. Excellent healthcare and top-rated hospitals are conveniently located within the communities.