Merion


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erion is a beautiful community in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Merion Civic Association has a long tradition with the community. After World War I, in 1918, Eldridge Johnson, the founder and President of the Victor Talking Machine Company, donated his house to the Civic Association to serve as a community center in memorial to the 81 men from Merion who served in the conflict. The original house was demolished and in 1924 the Merion Tribute House was dedicated.

Merion has a long history of educational institutions. Merion is home to the world renowned Barnes Foundation and Arboretum. The Barnes Foundation and Arboretum were established to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture. St Joseph's University straddles City Line Avenue between Philadelphia and Merion. In 2008 Episcopal Academy will leave its current location in Merion, moving to Newtown Square. St. Joseph's has acquired the property and its presence in Merion will increase. Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Merion Mercy Academy and Waldron Academy are located in Merion.

Historical sites in Merion are Merion Friends Meetinghouse and the General Wayne Inn. The community has lovely parks and beautiful homes. Merion Station and the post office are located in the center of the community. Shopping is located along Montgomery Avenue.


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