Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood in the Northwest Philadelphia that is known for its large, exquisite homes and green streets and parks. The neighborhood is lovingly referred to as the garden district of Philadelphia and features the Morris Arboretum. Learn more about the district in this video:
The village of Chestnut Hill was part of the German Township laid out by Francis Daniel Pastorius. During the late 1700s, the area was a popular destination for summer vacations since it was cooler than the city. The town became part of Philadelphia in 1854 and was connected to the city via the Chestnut Hill Railroad. The neighborhood served as a "suburb" of the city and over the 1900s became the hub of a great deal of residential development. The neighborhood was the site of large, lavish homes which can still be seen today.
Chestnut Hill boasts the annual Harry Potter festival in October that transports visitors back to Hogwarts for a great deal of fun! If you aren't visiting in October, be sure to check out Germantown Avenue, which features many restaurants, coffee shops, and tea rooms.
Two SEPTA Regional Rail commuter train lines serve Chestnut Hill: the Chestnut Hill East Line and Chestnut Hill West Line. The neighborhood used to be served by an elaborate trolley (tram) network that was shut down in the early 2000s. There are no current plans to reactivate this network.
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