Merion, which includes the neighborhood of Merion Station, is the quintessential Main Line community – imbued with a restful air of tranquility, it is primarily residential and features a prime selection of grand, mostly historic homes tucked away in a lush, wooded setting. For generations, many of these Merion homes have been the residence of some of the Greater Philadelphia region’s most prominent citizens and their families and they still are today.
It isn’t hard to see why people keep being drawn to Merion, as well as its neighboring communities in Montgomery County’s Lower Merion Township. Apart from being set in a landscape of tree-lined avenues and gently rolling hills, these choice properties are also mere minutes away from the heart of the City of Brotherly Love and are just around an hour’s drive to the Jersey Shore. The area also includes a selection of quaint smaller homes ideal for first-time buyers which are concentrated in the Merion Station neighborhood.
As befits a community that came to full flower with the foundation of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Main Line, its train station remains the center of Merion to this day. The station building itself, which was recently renovated, was built in 1914 and is one of the area’s historical landmarks. Other historic sites are the Merion Tribute House, built in the Gothic Revival style; the Merion Friends Meetinghouse, a National Landmark that was built in 1695; and the General Wayne Inn, which has been a part of the community’s fabric since 1704 and continues today as the Chabad-Lubavitch of The Main Line, a Center for Jewish Life.
What is arguably Merion’s foremost attraction, however, is The Barnes Foundation, which has both historic and artistic significance. Established in 1922 by leading art collector and philanthropist Arthur C. Barnes, the Barnes, as it is locally known, houses one of the world’s most extensive selection of artworks by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters. Here you will be able to view masterpieces by C nne, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoir, and Seurat, among others.
Though the galleries of the Barnes are slated for relocation to Philadelphia, residents of Merion Station can take comfort in the fact that the Foundation’s Arboretum will remain. The Arboretum, which features many rare and mature woody species, actually precedes the creation of the Barnes since it has plantings that date back to the 1880s.
Merion’s other draws include its numerous parks (such as the 13.5-acre Merion Botanical Park), a vibrant commercial district and exceptional schools. Options for shopping and dining abound within the borders of the community and Merion’s commercial district features such old Main Line favorites as Hymie’s Merion Deli and Babis Pharmacy. As for educational options, parents will find that Merion has exceptional public and private schools. The Merion Elementary School, one of the Lower Merion School District’s prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools, is right here, as are the private Merion Mercy Academy and the Waldron Mercy Academy.
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